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Ned Kelly, who lived in Australia, fights police corruption. He doesn't win.
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Knopf, Dec 2000, 25.00, 350 pp.
ISBN: 0375410848

    Though over a century has passed since the Australian authorities hanged him, Ned Kelly retains a mythical hold on the minds of individuals who romanticize a criminal with an honorable moral fiber. In 1879-1880, Kelly and his cohorts elude the police for about twenty months, desperately doing daring deeds that capture the soul of a nation. Yet in the end he fails to achieve his goal of winning the approval of his mother, but Ellen betrayed her family and Ned whenever it was convenient.

    This is an exciting biographical fiction that brings to life a country and its people in the late nineteenth century. Although one-sided by turning Kelly into a glamorous heroic victim of society and his family, he retains all the allure that makes him an epic hero. The story line is well written and grips the reader from start to finish with the action adventure of a Zane Gray western tale. Award winning Peter Carey shows why he is one of the best authors with this uncanny novel that brings forth a legendary man.

Harriet Klausner
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   criminal Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Irish Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   40's-50's    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Australia Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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