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The Ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger McDonald
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it was amazing

This is one of the most engaging books I have ever read, with a large cast of gritty, unique characters each engaged in a gripping struggle against authority, dispossession, the environment, inner demons or each other.
The first 60-odd pages were a shock to the system due to the language used, but with the language learned the novel then flowed with a beautiful rhythm which suspended reality and carried me off into the amazing and alien world being depicted.
Historical details about the colony and its brutalised inhabitants (brutalised by isolation, the environment and each other), the down-to-earth reality of the bushrangers, the ghostly presence of non-european inhabitants, the corruption of the military and other local representatives of distant British rule, and the surprising history of the Peninsular origins of the Australian Merino are gems peppered through a rich and complex tale of human survival and obsession.


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January 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
July 23, 2014 – Shelved

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