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True History of the Kelly Gang
True History of the Kelly Gang
Author: Peter Carey
The international bestseller and winner of the 2001 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. — Out of 19th century Australia rides a hero of his people and a man for all nations: Ned Kelly, the son of poor Irish immigrants, viewed by the authorities as a thief (especially of horses) and, as a cold-blooded killer. To the people, though, he...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780679311270
ISBN-10: 0679311270
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 384
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Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Paperback
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This book is fascinating as written as the discovered "first hand account" of Ned Kelly. The author has filled the pages with all the flavor, pain, sorrow, confusion and simple daily delights of a back woods boy who grew to become the leader of the infamous Kelly Gang. The words fairly drip with sweat as the dread Ned Kelly goes from a hard working son to a bonded out side kick of the local Robin Hood. Life is never the same, but perhaps for the Kelly's it never was meant to be.

How I wish these were the words from the man himself, but these words certainly capture all the drama and joys that are so foreign to our current world.

Like time travel, ever so bitter-sweet.
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the colloquial and "uneducated" style in which the book is written is disconcerting at the beginning but once you fall under the sway of the story it becomes much less noticeable except as a reminder and reinforcer of the time/place/situation.

i enjoyed it very much and would go out of my way to read other novels by peter carey on the basis of this experience.
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I enjoyed the story-line of this novel, but found the local language of the characters to be wearing after a while.
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Story about Ned Kelly the great Austrailian outlaw! Interesting stuff!It also offers alot of interesting insight into Austalian history.
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