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The Secret River by Kate Grenville
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Nov 26, 2008

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I thought this was an interesting portrayal of how Australia came to be settled by ex-convicts. The family's life in London was described in detail, how they felt they needed to steal in order to make ends meet, how the father finally got caught, and was sentenced to hang, and then was allowed to emigrate to Australia to serve out his sentance with his wife as his 'warden'. It told of how these unschooled, unprepared people were able to rediscover themselves in the wilds of Australia. It also told of the blacks they found there, how the settlers and the aborigines were unable to communicate except through violence. The few who managed to communicate were ostracized by their own people, and for some reason were unwilling to bridge the gap between cultures.

I liked this book, with its mild, almost confused tone, written from the perspective of the father of the family. It left me sad, though.

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