True History of the Kelly Gang Author:Peter Carey Ned Kelly -- Australia's most potent legend -- tells his own story of the very human man behind the mask. A young boy raised in the grinding poverty of colonial Victoria grows into a young man defying the wealth and power of those who would destroy him. He speaks to us not as a mythic hero but as a devoted son, a concerned father and a loyal... more » friend.
This internationally acclaimed novel is written in the idiom of Kelly's famous Jerilderie letter. It is both lament and tribute, a boy's defence of his mother and a father's confiding letter to a daughter he will never meet.« less
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.
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.