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Robbery Under Arms

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  144 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The quintessential bushranging adventure taleRobbery Under Arms was acclaimed as an Australian classic almost immediately after it appeared in book form in the late 1880s. It was praised for its excitement, romance and authentic picture of 1850s colonial life. As the first writer to attempt a long narrative in the voice of an uneducated Australian bushman, Rollf Boldrewood ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 840 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by University of Queensland Press (first published 1882)
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Robin
This book was moderately interesting. It's about a man in the bush in Australia in the 1880's. His father had been a convict in England, came to Australia, married a good woman, had two sons, but continued his life of crime. It's an autobiography by one of the sons, written from jail, 30 days before he's to be executed. He talks about how he went bad. He writes of the many times in his life when he had a choice of following his father's ways or following the good ways taught by his mother. Every ...more
jeniwren
I have been travelling solo the last few days and took along this CD audio abridged edition for the long 7 hour drive to Albury NSW. What a treat this turned out to be and for a bit of serendipity the story is set around the very area that I travelled and then stayed. The Snowy Mountains provides beautiful scenery with its stark and rocky landscape and I could imagine Captain Starlight and his bushrangers riding through the hills on their many adventures and escapades. Actor John Stanton provide ...more
Adrielle Pottle
Previous rating 4 stars

Going through my bookshelves doing the annual clean up, as you do, I came across my well worn copy of Robbery Under Arms (one of the few novels I will never 'clean out'). I got to thinking, what rating did I give this and did I ever review it. So on here I come, to see a 4 star rating and no review of one of my all time favourite Australian classics. Up it goes to 5 stars, followed by a review.

I have read this story from cover to cover 3 times. It is a slow paced story in
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Dan
This is a deceptively small volume, hardy and ideal to take travelling, very much in keeping with its subject matter. The style may seem long-winded to the modern reader, and it is definitely a product of its time. Thomas Wood's introduction picks up on some of its shortcomings, chiefly the author's tendency to moralise through his protagonist, but that strangely provides another point of interest: the study of a man who chooses a path he knows to be wrong, and self-defeating. In fact the author ...more
Dan
This is a deceptively small volume, hardy and ideal to take travelling, very much in keeping with its subject matter. The style may seem long-winded to the modern reader, and it is definitely a product of its time. Thomas Wood's introduction picks up on some of its shortcomings, chiefly the author's tendency to moralise through his protagonist, but that strangely provides another point of interest: the study of a man who chooses a path he knows to be wrong, and self-defeating. In fact the author ...more
Kelv
This book was long - slow going, not boring though. The text was modern, clever and complete - which is impressive for where this book has originated. Characters were rich, interesting,full of quirks and consistent. The narration was flawless and appropriate. The story was exciting and the environment believable. I would have rated this book higher had it been a shorter story.

Arrhhh the Marston's - what a poor, luckless family. Ben was intelligent and predicable to the death. James' death was as
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Angus Mcfarlane
Like other books of its age, this moves at a more sedate pace than the modern novel, but still quickly enough to remain enjoyable. There are many aspects which seem to reflect timeless Australian attitudes - the irreverence for the authorities, respect for hard working miners and farmers, etc. It may not be very true of many bushrangers, but it does capture the romance it had then perhaps and largely has still. It is also interesting to compare this with a contemporary novel by John Marsden, whe ...more
Eldon.shirkley
Excellent entertainment set among Australian bushrangers. This author knows well that which he writes about. Recommended.
Sunil
A great work of Australian writing. Filled with adventure and is also a moral story.
Will
Exciting Australian adventure. Great fun to read.
Ange
Australian Classic. Wonderful old story--took place before the turn of the 20th century--current for the author. Helps to understand the history and culture. Wonderful characters, esp. the dashing Starlight. Also good representation of ordinary people doing good or not.
Katherine
Apr 14, 2012 Katherine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read half of this for a uni course back in 2007. I liked it and always planned to finish, but it's a bit slow to read (probably as it was originally a serial) during a semester when lots of assignments are due. I will re-read and finish it one day.
Lisa
This is a beaut Aussie tale of bold, bad bushrangers which reads surprisingly well for its age. See http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/200...
Frankenswine
I have a 1920 hardback copy of this novel, but the text is so small it hurts my eyes to read. I'll have to look for an ebook.
Nancy
A story from the perspective of the bad guy; written originally in serial form in 1881. Life "down under" was different.
Francene Carroll
Sep 22, 2012 Francene Carroll marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Wasn't able to get into this book, but I plan to go back to it in the future.
Peter Kirsop
good book if very class orientated
Nicole
wish they'd got away to San Francisco
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