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True History of the Kelly Gang

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ISBN-10: 0679311270

ISBN-13: 9780679311270

Edition: 2002

Authors: Peter Carey

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The international bestseller and winner of the 2001 Commonwealth Writers7; 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 was a patriot hounded unfairly by rich English landlords and their stooges. In the end, Kelly and his so-called gang (his younger brother and two friends) led a massive police manhunt on a wild goose chase that lasted twenty months, in which Ned7;s talents as a bushman were augmented by bank robberies and the support of nearly everyone not in a uniform.…    
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Book details

List price: $18.70
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 11/7/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.20" wide x 7.93" long x 0.84" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Born in Bacchus Marsh, a country town in the southern state of Victoria, in 1943, Peter Carey has put his Australian background to good use. Yet, even though he consistently writes about Australia, he is far from a regionalist. His writing is marked by its wit, flights of imagination, clear style, solid characterization, and rich texture. He brings to all his fiction a cosmopolitan quality and metaphysical dimension that has led critics to compare his work with that of Jorge Luis Borges Jorge and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. When asked about the debt to Borges, Carey replied: "It is there, it cannot not be there." Carey's first volume of short fiction, The Fat Man in History (1974), with its…