- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (3 March 2020)
- ISBN-10: 1760896438
- ISBN-13: 978-1760896430
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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True History of the Kelly Gang is Peter Carey's stunning, Booker Prize-winning novel about Australia's most famous outlaw.
About the Author
Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of fourteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel. Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers' Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs). He is an officer of the Order of Australia and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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24 November 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I never had much interest in this period of history, nor the whole bushranger/Ned Kelly thing. And then I read this gem from Peter Carey. While it would be wrong to consider this a piece of accurate history, the narrative is written in the language of the period - and of a working man. There is poor grammar and little punctuation, which makes the book slow at times, but with the genius of Carey, this works perfectly. The landscapes are superb and the story-telling compulsive. This would be the perfect book to spend a week with: in front of an open fire; on a wintry farm-stay; while the rain and hail clatter down on the iron roof. You certainly don't have to be interested in the Kelly Gang or bushrangers to enjoy this book. It deserves more than five stars!
8 March 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
neutral rating.. found some of it interesting but I had a hard time wading through the verbiage in this book. Using the local slang of the time seemed a good idea at first but became frustrating - lots of words I had to look up and that loses me - I like to immerse myself in a book and immersion suffers when you need a "heads up" every so often.