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True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
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Apr 14, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2005, historical-fiction, outlaws, favorite, dead-tree
Read in January, 2005

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book; in fact, I was pretty sure I was going to hate it. I flipped through it before sitting down to read it and noticed the lack of punctuation and the weak grammar. Then, I actually started reading it and could barely put the book down. While the "True History" is anything but, Carey does a magnificent job capturing the voice of Ned Kelly, the Australian bushranger who later on became a national hero despite his criminal leanings. Kelly is depicted as a sympathetic hero, driven to a life of crime because of persecution from the police.
A better introduction to Ned Kelly than Our Sunshine by Robert Drewe (reprinted as Ned Kelly after the movie release), which seemed to have been written for an Australian audience already familiar with the character. I highly recommend True History to anyone who just loves a good story.
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