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  Books at Random House of Canada | True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
True History of the Kelly Gang gives readers an unforgettable portrait of the man behind the myth, the trusted friend and loving son and father who would not sacrifice his integrity to save his life and who planted the seeds of rebellion in the consciousness of a fledgling nation.
True History of the Kelly Gang is a novel and therefore a fiction.
True History of the Kelly Gang is preceded by an epigraph from William Faulkner: "The past is not dead.
www.randomhouse.ca /catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780679311270&view=rg   (1337 words)

 History House: True History of the Kelly Gang: Book Review
Ned Kelly is the most famous criminal in Australian history; generally portrayed as a kind of southern-hemisphere equivalent of Robin Hood, if you believe the myth.
It is this image of Kelly, guns blazing, helmeted like a gladiator, going down in a hail of bullets that still lives in the Australian psyche.
Carey's vision of Kelly is that of a misunderstood battler, born into abject poverty, turned to thief then killer by circumstances beyond his control.
www.historyhouse.com /book/0375410848   (546 words)

 Christian Century: True History of the Kelly Gang. - book review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Kelly was an Australian bushranger who became a folk hero in his 20s for defying the crown, supporting the common people, and outwitting the colonial police for nearly two years until he was caught in 1880 and executed in Melbourne.
Kelly becomes impatient with his father's broken spirit, and starts his life of crime at age 12 by stealing and killing a calf to feed his family during a drought.
Kelly is waging a war of opinion as much as leading a struggle against the colony's wealthy establishment.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1058/is_8_119/ai_85106554   (996 words)

 True History of the Kelly Gang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
True History of the Kelly Gang is a novel by Australian writer Peter Carey.
The novel is presented as having been hastily written on scraps of paper by Ned Kelly himself, and it expands on the story told in the real life Jerilderie Letter.
Carey departs from what is known about Kelly's life by providing him with a lover and a daughter, for whom he has been recording his life history whilst on the run from the police.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/True_History_of_the_Kelly_Gang   (236 words)

 Amazon.ca: True History of the Kelly Gang: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Carey's inspired "history" of Kelly from his destitute youth until his death at age 26 is as genuine as a diamond in the rough.
Kelly is found "guilty of receiving a horse not yet legally stolen." Finally, when Ned Kelly and his three companions are being hunted for the attempted murder of a policeman-something Kelly denies in his history-there is a shootout at Stringybark Creek resulting in the deaths of three constables.
Kelly is the hero we identify with and the forces of imperialism and societal intolerance that we read of in this book are the historical factors that forced him into being, in all his conflicted fatalism.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0679311270   (2064 words)

 BBC News | REVIEWS | Carey's Kelly: Truth and dare
Kelly's mentor, bushranger Harry Power, is made fiercely real as soon as we hear how his veined and bulbous toes point out from under Kelly's mother's blankets.
In the form of Ned Kelly's diary, the novel is divided up into a number of "parcels" of sheets of paper bound together, each describing the events of a year or so of his life.
And it pushes Kelly's strong personality to the fore, encouraging the reader to side with the character, as he once hoped the politicians would be won over by the facts he described.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/reviews/1577810.stm   (704 words)

Ned Kelly, cattle thief, bank robber and folk hero, was hanged at the age of 25 in Melbourne jail in 1880.
By dawn at least half of the members of the Kelly gang were badly wounded and it was then that the creature appeared from behind police lines.
And yet this man also had a keepsake of the Kelly Outrage, and on the evening of the 28th, thirteen parcels of stained and dog-eared papers, every one of them in Ned Kelly's distinctive hand, were transported to Melbourne inside a metal trunk.
www.middlemiss.org /lit/authors/careyp/kellygang.html   (1671 words)

 MetroActive Books | Peter Carey
True, the Booker Prize-winning author's latest novel, True History of the Kelly Gang (Knopf; $25), tells the story of Australia's most famous folk hero, a poor Irish farm boy who led a small gang of rebels against the might of Her Majesty's Government.
True History of the Kelly Gang may be a tale of heroism, but it's a believable heroism, filled with rebels hooked on opium, bushrangers with bad bowels, and a fearless leader of men who is, at heart, a momma's boy in the Oedipal sense of the phrase.
Despite Kelly's rough grasp of punctuation and grammar, he proves a skillful narrator, as in this passage about his gang's failed attempt to bloodlessly capture a band of policemen sent to kill them all: "The 2nd policeman were Scanlon he spurred his horse forward firing at me as he done so.
www.metroactive.com /papers/sonoma/03.01.01/carey-0109.html   (606 words)

 Sacramento News and Review April 19, 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Kelly, whose father was an Irish convict transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in the early 1800s, is arguably Australia’s greatest cultural icon; images of him were even displayed at the opening of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
True History is an epistolary novel, imagined as a series of 13 letters Ned Kelly penned to his then-unborn daughter while he was on the run from the law in the years 1878 to 1880.
Ned Kelly’s life is presented as one of brutal, backbreaking poverty, in which Irish immigrants attempt to raise cattle and crops in a game that’s rigged by their English landlords from the get-go.
www.newsreview.com /issues/sacto/2001-04-19/book.asp   (678 words)

 True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey
It does not matter that we are unable to pin Kelly to the facts of his life, only that we are willing and prepared to accept him as Carey reveals him to us, and to trust the kaleidoscopic array of characters and situations and the often startling images employed by Carey to create them.
True History is mesmerising stuff, but there is a way in which the real people tend to disappear into the background, while all that is left on stage is the spectacle of an imaginative author playing all the parts himself." -
Kelly gets a parcel of land, but it is not enough to lift the family out of desperation.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/careyp/thkellyg.htm   (2420 words)

 BBC News | REVIEWS | True History of the Kelly Gang: Press views
The injustices heaped upon Kelly and those of his class - poor labourers of Irish stock - force the reader into a continuous reappraisal of the ambivalent nature of probity.
The truth of the history is Ned Kelly's truth, and Carey's skill in presenting the outlaw's voice gives moral complexity to the raw stuff of legend.
Kelly may not use commas but he knows how to paint a picture in words: "a fright of blood red parrots flared and swept through the khaki forest".
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/reviews/1608141.stm   (586 words)

 True History of the Kelly Gang
Whether Kelly really was the latter-day Robin Hood of folk legend, a rebel against the injustice of colonial British tyranny, or simply a thief and murderer, is still a subject of debate.
Kelly’s voice is a remarkable experiment in style, consisting of long run-on sentences full of faulty grammar but driven by a rhythm of spontaneity.
True History of the Kelly Gang is a brilliantly written evocation of a story that remains more interesting as history than fiction.
www.goodreports.net /reviews/truehistoryofthekellygang.htm   (767 words)

 True History of the Kelly Gang
In Australia, Ned Kelly is so revered as a national icon that his image was placed on center stage during the opening ceremonies of the Summer 2000 Olympic Games.
True History of the Kelly Gang is fiction, yet most of the characters in the novel existed as real people and many of the events are based on historical fact.
Throughout the novel, Ned Kelly represents himself as a person who was pushed into the life of an outlaw by forces beyond his control.
www.randomhouse.com /vintage/read/truehistory   (1233 words)

 MPR Books - "True History of the Kelly Gang" by Peter Carey
He was hanged in the 1880s for the murder of three policemen, not long after the rest of his gang was killed in a shootout with police.
In his novel True History of the Kelly Gang, he tells the story from Ned Kelly's point of view, as the son of pennyless immigrants living under a corrupt colonial system.
This is Ned Kelly's true confession, in his own words and written on the run for an infant daughter he has never seen.
www.mpr.org /books/titles/carey_kellygang.shtml   (540 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: True History of the Kelly Gang: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is a "western" which gallops to life, and the reader feels the grit, smells the dust, and agonizes with desperate characters as they are tossed every which way, not by their own deliberate decisions so much as by the unpredictability of their Australian frontier existence.
"True History of the Kelly Gang" is not a detective story but a major novel about a celebrated criminal, Edward (Ned) Kelly (1855-1880) bushranger of Victoria, Australia.
Carey writes using the language that Kelly may have used, slowly painting a picture not only of the beauty of Australia, but also the barbarity, resourcefulness and stupidity of the early transportees and settlers.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0571204082   (952 words)

 dotlit Book Review: 'Immediately Engaging: 'True History of the Kelly Gang' by Peter Carey'
In August this year it was announced that True History had also made the so-called 'longlist' of twenty-four works for this year's Booker Prize will be announced in October.
According to this conceit, Kelly has learned that his lover Mary has, with money he sends her from one of his robberies, escaped to San Francisco, where she gives birth to their daughter.
If he dies, Kelly wants his daughter to know his story, the whole of which is framed by a prologue and last two chapters which recount Kelly's capture and hanging.
www.dotlit.qut.edu.au /reviews/kelly.html   (432 words)

 Salon.com Books | "True History of the Kelly Gang" by Peter Carey
"True History" presents itself as a collection of autobiographical documents, mostly written by Ned Kelly, a legendary outlaw who, with his brother and two friends, briefly had the run of northeast Victoria and a chunk of New South Wales at the end of the 19th century.
Australians haven't forgotten him either; in his homeland the real Ned Kelly became a legend who is, as the novel's publisher puts it, "part Jesse James, part Nat Turner" (although he was also slandered as thuggish brute).
So for all that it resembles an American western, "True History" is actually the opposite, for revisionist or not, a western is always the story of a man or men, while this is the story of a people.
archive.salon.com /books/review/2001/01/11/carey/print.html   (671 words)

Australian novelist Peter Carey, in True History of the Kelly Gang, has delivered it all in one package: the other revisionist Western and the other perfect-pitched Irish narrative voice, the other buddy novel and the other heart-rending Irish immigrant tale.
In the form of a letter from outlaw Ned Kelly to his unborn daughter, the novel is an autobiography, a tract on injustice, and a wistful meditation on immigrant family life.
True History of the Kelly Gang is revisionist Western history, too.
www.crisismagazine.com /october2001/book2.htm   (884 words)

 Borders - Store Inventory - Title Detail - True History of the Kelly Gang
True History of the Kelly Gang isn't merely a historical novel; it's a fully imagined act of historical impersonation...He has transformed sepia legend into brilliant, even violent, color, and turned a distant myth into warm flesh and blood.
In 1879-1880, Kelly and his cohorts elude the police for about twenty months, desperately doing daring deeds that capture the soul of a nation.
Although one-sided by turning Kelly into a glamorous heroic victim of society and his family, he retains all the allure that makes him an epic hero.
www.bordersstores.com /search/title_detail.jsp?id=52787198   (382 words)

 Borzoi Reader | Authors | Peter Carey
It was a montage of court transcript, Kelly's own words from his Jerilderie letter which the jury never heard, and the reflections of an elderly and ghostly Mr Bindon, who as a grossly inexperienced young barrister, defended Ned.
With his brothers and two friends, Kelly eluded a massive police manhunt for twenty months, living by his wits and strong heart, supplementing his bushwhacking skills with ingenious bank robberies while enjoying the support of most everyone not in uniform.
"Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang purports to transcribe documents, 'thirteen parcels of stained and dog-eared papers,' in which the celebrated outlaw, on the run, set down for the benefit of his daughter (whom he was destined never to see) a heartfelt account and justification of his short and violent life.
www.randomhouse.com /knopf/authors/carey   (1828 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: True History of the Kelly Gang: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The salty, colloquial, unpunctuated style of Kelly's journal is reproduced with great skill, as Carey recounts the outlaw's early life with a cross-dressing, Irish immigrant sheep worker, and a beautiful but headstrong mother, always on the wrong side of the law.
In a dazzling act of ventriloquism, Peter Carey gives Ned Kelly a voice so wild, passionate and original that it is impossible not to believe that the famous bushranger himself is speaking from beyond the grave.
True History of the Kelly Gang is the song of Australia, and it sings its protest in a voice at once crude and delicate, menacing and heart-wrenching.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0571209874   (1198 words)

 Salon.com Books | "True History of the Kelly Gang" by Peter Carey
In Laura Miller's review of Peter Carey's fictionalized account of the life of the murderer Ned Kelly, she seems to suggest with her reading of the story A) that it is true, and B) that his murders were justified by the perfidious English.
The gang's members -- including Kelly, Byrne and Hart -- were all Irish; the policemen Kelly murdered -- Lonigan, Scanlon and Kennedy -- were all born in Ireland.
Let's not also forget in the attempt at historical whitewash that the Kellys were ardent racists, and that the first time Kelly was imprisoned it was for an unprovoked attack on a Chinese man.
www.salon.com /books/letters/2001/01/19/carey?sid=1007747   (557 words)

 True History of the Kelly Gang
True History of the Kelly Gang by Aussie author Peter Carey.
Ned Kelly is one of these unfathomably popular cult figures in Australian history and this is a great way of understanding to some level how the colony must have operated.
The result is True History of the Kelly Gang, which won the Booker Prize in 2001.
www.ivenus.com /culture/bookclub/CU-book_club-Kelly-wk103.asp   (645 words)

 CityBeat: Kelly's Heroes (2001-02-15)
In his latest novel, True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey has re-created Kelly's life from his teen-age apprenticeship with a highwayman to his famous iron-clad gun battle with police.
In writing True History of the Kelly Gang, Carey relied heavily on historical fact, but in some instances, the author allowed himself some liberties with the story, such as giving Kelly a wife who bears his child.
And Ned Kelly, the son of a convict, ends up being important to us, because he shows that he's braver, smarter and more decent than any of the people that are trying to oppress him.
www.citybeat.com /2001-02-15/books.shtml   (894 words)

 Baltimore City Paper: ARTS True History of the Kelly Gang   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The novel is based on the life of bushranger (the Australian term for a highwayman) Ned Kelly.
Kelly's wild life of robberies, random violence, and the occasional romantic tryst build to a legend as his litany of offenses grows.
The action reaches a predictable crescendo as he and his crew graduate from petty crime to bank robbery and become the target of a massive manhunt.
www.citypaper.com /arts/review.asp?id=1930   (390 words)

 Term Paper on "The True History Of The Kelly Gang" By Peter Carey.
Term Paper on "The True History Of The Kelly Gang" By Peter Carey.
"By dawn at least half the members of the Kelly gang were wounded and it was then the creature appeared from behind the police lines.
This is truly a remarkable story of the Kelly Gang and indeed a modern classic that will go on being a classic for many more years to come.
www.swiftpapers.com /essay/The_True_History_Of_The_Kelly-142811.html   (235 words)

 Peter Carey
Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old "illywhacker," confesses at the novel's beginning that he is a liar, but anyhow tells the history of twentieth-century Australia through his comic adventures.
In the true spirit of postmodernist playful treatment of 'reality,' Herbert questions the truth of the very stories he is telling, and parallels the official history of the country with prodigious lies.
True History of the Kelly Gang (2001) won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2001.
www.kirjasto.sci.fi /carey.htm   (1231 words)

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