True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (4 stars)

It’s hard to read when you first picked it up as there is practically no punctuation being used.  However, it reflects on the ‘uneducated’ state of Ned Kelly. I had to read a sentence a few times over & actually apply the punctuation in my head to understand but you get used to it after a while.  As it is written in the first person view, it is completely acceptable.

The story itself is very interesting and a lot of the themes there feels very real.  The main ones being the harshness of life in Australia back then especially for those who are poor & therefore, persecuted.  The corruption & hunger people have for money & power leads to many atrocities being committed.  Even a little white lie will have a major consequence.


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