Ned Kelly

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Penguin Group USA, 1991 - Fiction - 202 pages
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The first novel written about the bushcountry gunslinger who was both the national hero and devil incarnate of Australia, "Ned Kelly" imagines the inner life of a figure described by historian Manning Clark as "a wild ass of a man, snarling, roaring and frothing like a ferocious beast when the tamer entered the cage." Written with brilliant clarity and impressionistic economy, "Ned Kelly" follows Kelly and his outlaw gang of "bushrangers" through the wild land of Australia as they declare war on the police, the bankers, the squatters, the teachers, the preachers, the railway, and the electric telegraph-carrying readers into a dream world of astonishing and violent revelation.

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User Review  - Phil - Goodreads

I began this book expecting a kind of rollicking adventure story, a Western set in Australia with Irish accents, which is pretty much what the movie is. However, this is a very different type of story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anthony - Goodreads

Interesting style. I think I enjoyed the purpose and concept of the novel more than the novel itself. It was written well, it was just hard to follow since it was very fragmented. Overall, Drewe indeed wrote an interesting novel. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1943. He grew up and was educated in Western Australia where he took up journalism with the West Australian in 1961. He was the literary editor for the Australian from 1971 to 1974. He won the Walkley Award (Australia's highest such award) twice for journalism in 1976 and 1981. Drewe's novel, The Drowner was shortlisted for the 1997 Miles Franklin Award. Fortune won the National Book Council fiction prize in Australia. One of his anthologies, The Bay of Contented Men, won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, while another, the best-seller The Bodysurfers, has been adapted for film, television, radio and stage. Robert Drewe is also a film critic, playwright and the author of several screenplays. His stage drama, South American Barbecue, was first performed in 1991.

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