|Plot Summary of True History of the Kelly Gang|
Ned Kelly, who lived in Australia, fights police corruption. He doesn't win.
This synopsis report prepared by WoL
Knopf, Dec 2000, 25.00, 350 pp.
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of True History of the Kelly Gang|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Life of a profession:
Inside culture (main char)
- story of the poor
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- accused criminal
- long lived adults
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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