Kings in Grass Castles Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kings in Grass Castles is about a pioneering family who opened up the Kimberley Region in Australia. It tells of them coming out from Ireland, and starting to explore the region. It then tells of them setting up cattle and sheep properties all over Australia, and the huge feat of driving huge herds of cattle across the continent. It tells of the hardships of setting up a home in the middle of nowhere, and then surviving with the native people, and any close (or withing 500 kilometres) neighbours.
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The main focus of the book is Patrick (or Patsy) Durack. He was the main force behind his family's success. His story is told by his grand-daughter, Mary Durck, who has written 15 books, as well as a number of short stories, poems, plays and film scripts.

This book is one you would read to find out about the pioneering life in Australia in the 1800's and the opening up of the continent to many people.

The sequel, Sons in the Saddle, continues the family's story up until about 1920.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Aussie    -   Australian Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   pioneering in countryside Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Outdoors story    -   Yes Exploring:    -   colonizing new territory Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Irish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Forest?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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