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This novel won Peter Carey the Booker Prize in 2001, snubbingAtonement, number9dream, Oxygen and Hotel World He remains one of only three Australian authors to have won the award the other two being Thomas Keneally andD.B.C Pierre and the only Australian author to win the Booker twice first time in 1988 for his historical novel Oscar and Lucinda He shares the honor with J.M Coetzee, J.G Farrell and Hilary Mantel.I had little knowledge about Ned Kelly before reading this novel, except for that he was a famous Australian outlaw Jesse James of the Oz However, Peter Carey s renowned status as a novelist both in and outside Australia and the Booker made me interested in his work, and this one in particular I was eager to read a novel set in colonial Australia, with all its turbulence, depravity, injustice and strangeness This novel delivers it is set in the colony of Victoria, starting from a small rural settlement of Avenel and culminating in Glenrowan, with lots of wilderness inbetween.Map of Australia in 1851, three years before Kelly s birth.Map of the colony of Victoria.The novel is presented as a series of manuscripts, all claimed to be written by Kelly, and later archived with proper date included type of paper and its condition, number of pages, and a summary of each section is it a nod to Victorian novelists, or a nose flick There is also a preface and conclusion, also not written by Kelly, which make the reader question the authenticity of these documents and the reliability of the narrator and his purpoted chronicler, known only by the initials S C This gives the new meaning to the Faulkner quote at the beginning The past is not dead it is not even past How can the past be truly dead, if people will always be digging for skeletons and sometimes looking for means to revive it, creating a state of perpetual presentI lost my own father at 12 yr of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false This is the opening sentence of Kelly s narrative, and it marks the style in which his account will be written the complete lack of punctuation resembling William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, making the writing flow like speech or thought from the author s head, straight the paper The memory of the policeman s words lay inside me like the egg of a liver fluke and while I went about my growing up this slander wormed deeper and deeper into my heart and there grew fat.The true history is of course as true as Ned Kelly chooses to present it or as we are led to believe he does Therefore, the possible accuracy of these papers is limited to only a fraction of truth, seen from Kelly s point of view and of the mysterious S.C who compiled his papers and wrote the introduction and conclusion The text is raw both in style and theme, ranging from Kelly and his family being abused for being Irish by the British settlers, his use of the Australian bush as a hiding place to the final and grotesque shooting We will not see the history as witnessed by Kelly s mother and father, his brothers and sisters Therefore, the judgement of Kelly s character is a difficult one to make boundaries between heroes and villains are often thin, and if all we have is a single account possibly tampered with what conclusions can we draw I believe that Peter Carey did his best to capture Kelly s voice and intentions in his writing The text is raw and unpolished, but this only strenghtens the impression that we are reading an authentic document, not something written as fiction I was sold from the moment I read this paragraph, which is the end of the first section and Kelly s despair after the death of his father, his struggling to cope with a great loss at such a young age I were 12 yr and 3 wk old that day and if my feet were callused one inch thick and my hands hard and my labourer s knees cut and scabbed and stained with dirt no soap could reach yet did I not still have a heart and were this not he who give me life now all dead and ruined Father son of my heart are you dead from me are you dead from me my father To sum up A good novel which deservedly won the Booker, exploring the period of history which is not often mentioned and discussed, written by a talented stylist. If, like me, you don t know anything about Ned Kelly when you start this book, don t be scared off by the first two pages with the killer robot That will all become clear later Really, between the cover design, the killer robot, and the difficult style, I thought I was going to hate this book Halfway through it, I realized I was totally in love with it It was this paragraph that really did it for me We thought you doomed and rooned the minute you walked out past the chook house and Wild delivered that great sidearm to your head and you was on the floor before you even stepped up to the scratch It were a proddy pub so no one give an eff what happened to a mick they planned to drink your blood Wild had heard you had been mocking Dummy and now he were for the kill 178 Awesome. Well here I am being a bad person again, I try to be good and I really do like to like things but you all are probably by now getting the strong idea that really I like to dislike things, such as Booker Prize winners and movies with Scarlet Johanssssssen in them They call me Mr Grumpy, baby, cause baby, that s my name. No, Otis Redding did not sing that song, I did Well I did not make it even to the middle of this Kelly Gang saga and the reasons are disturbing for me, that is, not for you.Peter Cary can write well, he s lyrical, and salty, and all that mmmm, smell that kangaroo, taste that kookaburra Ned Kelly, whose unlikely autobiography this is, is sweet and pungent and na ve and knowing and really beautiful, everybody says so and everybody is right You can t get past Peter Carey s front door without shoving aside all the awards which have spilled off his shelves, lots of them for this very novel But when I put this novel down to read a nonfiction zinger about obscure 78 records, and then another nonfiction zinger about the publication history of Ulysses, and then, today, I thought I d better pick Ned Kelly up again finish it, I found a new thought lying around in my brain, and the thought was nah, let s not.It wasn t the fact that this man Ned has perfect recall of every single solitary moment of his life, because that kind of annoying unlikeliness is something I guess you have to go along with because every long first person narrative has a bit of that about it, although it does grate here it was the whole illiteratish working class no good Irish bushranger type turns out to be sensitive yet strong courageous yet nice, tough yet tasty, mean yet poetic my God the human admirableness of Ned was laid on with a trowel, I could not tell if Ned was totally in love with himself or if Peter Carey was totally in love with Ned his creature But fatally for me, this whole cool Ned thing became cute. He was cute He was romantic He was like the guy in the Shangri Las song Oh yeah Well I hear he s bad Mmmm he s good bad, but he s not evil So this was shaping up to be a claustrophobically told cowboy yarn think The Outlaw Josey Wales or High Plains Drifter with a dash of Unforgiven and with another 237 pages to go I got off of my roan mare with the splash of silver over its left eye and stuffed a jumbuck in my tucker bag and scrambled over the billabong back to the 21st century. Let s start at the beginning At the front cover, in fact The first thing you notice is that this is not The True History , not even A True History No, it is simply True History Even before the reader opens the book to read, there s the hint of a question, of some ambiguity what exactly are we reading In several senses, the title is also misleading the contents of the book are not all true and only about a quarter of the book involves the Kelly Gang the gang does not form until very late in the book As I understand the author s goal, it is in the narrative voice of Ned Kelly that the ambition for truth is found.And it certainly is a compelling voice Carey has written something that brings his protagonist to life in the mind of the reader The narrative contains no punctuation other than full stops and even many of those are missing if you go by normal grammar standards and it reads like Ned Kelly talking to directly to you This is also a consequence of the book s structure which is framed as a series of parcels of documents written by Kelly directly to his daughter for her to read later in life.If you know anything about Kelly I admit to knowing very little , I imagine you are now saying His daughter Kelly didn t have a daughter And you are right None of the parcels, the daughter or the daughter s mother Mary Hearn actually existed But many of the book s other characters are real and many of the events of the book did take place Carey has created a fictionalised version of Kelly s story that brings his relationship with his mother and with the fictional woman he loves to the fore, at least equal with his battles with the police who chase him around the country In Carey s story, a lot of Kelly s motivation, especially towards the end of the book, comes from his desire to see his mother released from prison and re united with her baby The overall effect of this is to present us with a far sympathetic view of Kelly than is, I understand, usual.Interviewed not long after the book s publication 2001 , Carey was asked about his motivation for writing the book In one interview, he referred to a need to understand Australia s convict past being fundamental to its future And he went on to say non italicised words added by me to try to make sense of the sentenceIt is not just our convict past, but one ofthe two big issues in our lives is that we began as a convict colony and the other is that we invaded another person s country and took it from them and then pretended that we didn t There is a great tendency to deny both of these things and I feel we can t grow up as a nation until until we come to grips with these things Our convict past is a big and traumatic history I think in the last 10 years we have started to acknowledge these things It seems to me that the past does matter The book contains several passages the talk about social injustice At one point, Kelly writes to his daughterbut you must also remember your ancestors would not kowtow to no one and this were a fine rare thing in a colony made specifically to have poor men bow down to their gaolers And we read a lot about the social conditions that meant law enforcement could easily pervert the course of justice by fabricating charges, bribing witnesses or, sometimes, simply ignoring the truth and putting a man in prison anyway.As I say, I do not know a lot about Kelly This book, with its mixture of fact and fiction, is a very engaging book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it probably should not be the only book a person reads about Kelly if that person wants to know the truth I imagine that knowing or learning the truth will also increase a reader s appreciation of how clever Carey has been in the construction of his novel. Description In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief who was also her lover , Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist Opening LOST MY OWN FATHER AT 12 yr of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false.God willing I shall live to see you read these words to witness your astonishment and see your dark eyes widen and your jaw drop when you finally comprehend the injustice we poor Irish suffered in this present age How queer and foreign it must seem to you and all the coarse words and cruelty which I now relate are far away in ancient time.I seem to like the idea of Peter Carey rather than results, and have some flisters that I m in awe of who really rate Carey s work Mick Jagger Ned Kelly FragmentsJohnny Cash Ned Kelly 2 True History of the Kelly Gang3 Parrot and Olivier in America2 Jack Maggs3 Bliss2 The Chemistry of TearsTR 30 Days in Sydney2 The Big Bahzoohley I loved Peter Carey s Oscar and Lucinda wasn t quite so keen on Jack Maggs this is my favourite to date Ned Kelly is Australia s version of Jesse James or Billy the Kid A loveable outlaw fighting against institutional injustice and to feed his family He tells his story in the first person with wonderful inventive language He perhaps stretches the truth to flatter his role in it but all of us do this when we tell our own stories and eventually he completely won me over and I was rooting for him It s an exciting novel with lots of dramatic tension at the same time as being a very literary novel A wonderful combination for me Wholly recommended. This historical novel set in Australia won the Man Booker Prize in 2001 and truly is a great read despite a slow start The wild west narrative builds steam as the main character, Ned Kelly, and his hardscrabble Irish family deal with the corrupt law enforcement in the Australian bush of the 1870 s As the story follows Ned as a teenager and then into young adulthood, Ned and the Kelly family act on different grievances, the stakes become escalated as they perpetuate numerous crimes Eventually the Kelly s gain their share of local support which leads to the ultimate showdown This story is ultimately a lesson on the folly of vengeance but the author deftly maintains a neutral view throughout At times there is real empathy for the Kelly forces and at times for the establishment Not surprisingly there are numerous innocents who are caught in the various conflicts Ned Kelly was indeed a real Australian outlaw or bushranger in the local vernacular While the historical facts known about Kelly are mostly preserved in this novel, most of the dialogue is manufactured The genius of the author is that with the prose, at times quite beautiful, there is a good deal of visual imagery and humanity presented that would be lacking in a straight history book I think this novel is probably best if read without knowing the true story of Ned Kelly If you know the real story or head to Wikipedia first you are still left with the great writing but it may not measure up to its accolades I liken this book to William Styron s historical fiction novel The Confessions of Nat Turner as there are obvious similarities between the two books Although I have a much greater level of empathy for Nat Turner s plight, I would give the nod to The True History of the Kelly Gang as the better and well researched novel. Beautifully written I loved this telling of the Ned Kelly Kelly Gang story, they all felt incredibly alive to me as I read it I have added two of the biographies on Ned Kelly that Peter Carey mentions in his acknowledgments, and may read the others too He has inspired me to continue learning about this, though I ll give his novel time to digest first I had a rough idea of the plot going in, since this is a historical figure I don t think that can be helped, in fact it may even add to the experience, knowing what it is all inevitably building toward Peter Carey really captures the harshness of the time, the place and the people An undeniably fascinating bit of Australian history told in a fictional format. lmao i definitely didn t read the last 100 pages of this I Lost My Own Father At Yr Of Age And Know What It Is To Be Raised On Lies And Silences My Dear Daughter You Are Presently Too Young To Understand A Word I Write But This History Is For You And Will Contain No Single Lie May I Burn In Hell If I Speak False In True History Of The Kelly Gang , The Legendary Ned Kelly Speaks For Himself, Scribbling His Narrative On Errant Scraps Of Paper In Semiliterate But Magically Descriptive Prose As He Flees From The Police To His Pursuers, Kelly Is Nothing But A Monstrous Criminal, A Thief And A Murderer To His Own People, The Lowly Class Of Ordinary Australians, The Bushranger Is A Hero, Defying The Authority Of The English To Direct Their Lives Indentured By His Bootlegger Mother To A Famous Horse Thief Who Was Also Her Lover , Ned Saw His First Prison Cell At And By The Age Of Had Become The Most Wanted Man In The Wild Colony Of Victoria, Taking Over Whole Towns And Defying The Law Until He Was Finally Captured And Hanged Here Is A Classic Outlaw Tale, Made Alive By The Skill Of A Great Novelist