It was an amazing account of what life was like in the 19th century, both in Australia and in England.
It took the view, the narrator of the story, from an English, working class man's point of view.
The horrors that were inflicted throughout Europe , on the working class, were terrible. But nothing quite prepared one for what was to come when the English settled in Australia.
I had to stop reading it as it gave me nightmares!
I couldnt even bear to watch the adds on the ABC for the television movie series!
Kate Grenville dredged up things that were so terrible and true of that time in Australia's history. So obviously she did write well! Just a little too well for me!
I am not Aboriginal but all I can feel is the horror that was brought to them, with no room for negotiation. Just pure racist, narrow minded , bigoted, ignorant, white man's judgements!
Then they were given disease, robbery, murder, pillaging, rape, geocide. Pretty much a holocaust really! White man did well invading and settljng in Australia.
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