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True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
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Dec 29, 10

bookshelves: historical-nonfiction
Read in March, 2007

This book tells the story of infamous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (sort of the Australian Jesse James, for comparison's sake).

The writing style is indeed challenging, but I think the subject matter really makes up for it. Ned's life is very compelling. He comes across as a mostly decent, good-hearted human being who ends up as an outlaw due to the extreme anti-Irish sentiment in Australia at the time and lack of other opportunity afforded to him as a result.

I actually found the political undercurrent of the novel the most intriguing part of the story and wished that it had been expanded upon a bit more. This is a very interesting and educational story that I really enjoyed.
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