Review: The True History of the Kelly Gang

by drpoppy

True History of the Kelly GangTrue History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful book. Peter Carey’s incredible style and imagery comes across even as he takes on the voice of Ned Kelly. In fact, the novel slowly becomes more and more about Kelly’s voice, his determination to have it heard despite suppression from the media and government, and eventually even his tender devotion to the writing of his own story. Once again, Carey blows me away with the ending of his novel — perhaps not the very final image, which is to be expected, but the conflict late in the novel between Ned Kelly and the schoolteacher that makes Kelly’s simultaneous hatred for educational authority and his desire to be recognized as intelligent rise to the surface. Just a powerful, beautiful book from start to finish.

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