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by Mary Durack

ePub Kings in Grass Castles download
Author:
Mary Durack
ISBN13:
978-0091571009
ISBN:
0091571006
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Publisher:
Constable and Company Limited (1985)
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Subcategory:
Australia & Oceania
ePub file:
1963 kb
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1503 kb
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Rating:
4.1
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146

I came to Kings in Grass Castles looking for an Australian novel by an Australian woman author published in the .

I came to Kings in Grass Castles looking for an Australian novel by an Australian woman author published in the 1950's for a book challenge. I cannot recommend it. The story is promising. The writing in this book poorly serves the grandeur of the story.

Kings In Grass Castles book. With a profound sense of family history, his grand-daughter, Mary Durack reconstructed the Durack saga - a story of intrepid men and ground-breaking adventure.

Kings in Grass Castles is a 1959 book of history by Dame Mary Durack (1913–1994). The book is considered a classic of Australian literature. It is the story of Durack's pioneering family establishing its pastoral interests in the Australian outback during the 19th century and concerns the life and times of Durack's grandfather Patrick Durack, an Irish immigrant who became a leader of the overlanders who brought their cattle on hoof to the tropical north

Kings In Grass Castles book. Durack married the aviator, Captain Horrie C. Miller, and had two sons and four Dame Mary Durack was an Australian author and historian

Kings In Grass Castles book. Miller, and had two sons and four Dame Mary Durack was an Australian author and historian. The Durack family were pioneers in the settlement of Australia by Europeans. The story of her family's history, beginning with the mid-19th century migration from Ireland, is presented by Durack in Kings in Grass Castles, and its sequel, Sons in the Saddle. Miller, and had two sons and four daughters.

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When Patrick Durack left Ireland for Australia in 1853, he was to found a dynasty of pioneers, and build an empire of cattle-land across the great stretches of Australia. His grand-daughter, Mary Durack, with a profound sense of family history, has rebuilt the saga of the Duracks, a saga that is the story of Australia itself, huge, pioneering, and tremendous in concept.

When Patrick Durack left Western Ireland for Australia in 1853, he was to found a pioneering dynasty and build a cattle empire across the great stretches of Australia. Books related to Kings In Grass Castles. With a profound sense of family history, his grand-daughter, Mary Durack, reconstructed the Durack saga - a story of intrepid men and ground-breaking adventure.

Kings in Grass Castles is a 1959 book of history by Dame Mary Durack (1913–1994) Durack published . . The book is considered a classic of Australian literature Durack published a sequel, Sons in the Saddle, in 1983 References. Kings in grass castles Mary Durack, National Library of Australia Trove.

The extraordinary story of a pioneering Australian family and the energetic, restless, far-sighted man who led them - Patsy Durack, Irish immigrant. Written by his granddaughter. ISBN13: 9780552110556. Release Date: January 1984.

  • I came to Kings in Grass Castles looking for an Australian novel by an Australian woman author published in the 1950's for a book challenge. I cannot recommend it. The story is promising. An account of the author's Irish family emmigrating to Australia in the mid-ninteenth century and building a ranching empire in Western Queensland and Northern Western Australia, it has the scope and potential of a James Michener or Herman Wouk saga. The writing in this book poorly serves the grandeur of the story.

    The book suffers badly from lack of editing. It reads like a sentimental, 500 page Facebook feed printout where no detail is considered too trivial for inclusion. The fact that my 1986 paperback edition was printed in 9 point type also added to the frustration of the read. If it is history, it is poor history. Letters and documents are quoted but dialogue is made up and opinions expressed on behalf of all indivduals including aborigines and the author. If it is historical fiction it is poor fiction. Individuals are mentioned by their full name, their last name, their relationship to the author, their initals and their nicknames in random fashion. Except for a few individuals, I was unable to keep track of who was who. The underdoutedly magnificent scenery is described in a cloyingly, sweet tone. Incidence are related in a generally chronological order but paragraphs jump from massacres to descriptions of family heirlooms without any transition.

    One saving grace is the chapter names are descriptive of content and brief phrases describing the events and chronology are featured at the beginning of each chapter. Pictures and maps were included, but the tightness of the binding, the small size of the type, and the small size of the book's dimensions made them of no use.

    On a more positive note, the clash of cultures between european settlers and aboriginal tribes is an important part of the story. The author tries to present this sensitive subject in a balanced way while conveying the emotions and prejudices of the 19th century.

    Oddly, the brief Epilogue, which covers the fifty-two years from 1898 to 1950, held my interest and contain a suitable amount of detail.

    If I had not already invested a number of hours reading the book for a book challenge I would have set it aside before halfway through as unreadable. I depended on the Audiobook to pull me the rest of the way through. As someone who holds Australia, Australians, and Australian culture in high regard, I cringe when I read that Kings in Grass Castles is considered a masterpiece of Australian literature. On the basis of only this book, I am puzzled that the Mary Durak is a celebrated author and historian. Somebody should have had the kindness to point out to her that her manuscript had no clothes on.

    I rate the book two stars, the lowest I have rated a book on Amazon. By itself I would have given it one star. But I read it simultaneously with Wallace Steiger's Pulitzer Prize winning novel Angle of Repose, a generally similar story where a narrator relates the lives of his grandparents in the American West. King's in Grass Castles paled in comparison to Steiger's novel. But I gave it the benefit of the doubt and added it a second star on the chance that my in-tandem reading of Angle of Repose had prejudiced my opinion of King's in Grass Castles.

    The Audible Audiobook pulled me through when I gave up on the text. The audio reader did a good job but couldn't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

  • Mary Durack has written a wonderous story of early pioneering exploration and settlement of various regions of NSW, Queensland and WA's Kimberley which not only inform but enthral the reader with true life historical ciontent. It's a very personal story story too, featuring the many hardy generations, both men and women, of her family who having migrated from Ireland, displayed extraordinary vision, bush craft and toleration of extreme hardship in opening up previously unexplored tracts of grazing land throughout our vast continent.The character of each family member along with their many and varied employees - from stockmen to governesses and teachers - were beautifully drawn; their warmheartedness, strengths, heartbreaks and failings are recorded for all to see and paint an authentic and admirable picture of those pioneering days.

  • The book provides a chronicle of the Durack family's immigration to Australia and their challenges in the opening up of Western Queensland and the Eastern Kimberleys in Western Australia. The family story is heart-warming and heart-wrenching at turns. But much more than that, the book provides an intimate understanding of the dynamics of the times that shaped the new nation and the cultures of the Australian peoples, those of immigrant and aboriginal origin alike. I recommend it for an enjoyable read, and for a anyone contemplating moving to Australia, or just touring the outback.

    I must add that the small size of the book makes it a bit difficult to read. However, it is well worth the effort of dealing with the small type.

  • This is about an Irish family immigrating to Australia during the potato famine and becoming indentured servants. One family member strikes it rich in the gold fields, and the story unfolds...Classic movie. Good insight into early Australia. Horrible about the treatment given the native population. But what is new. Mankind is brutal.

  • Excellent Australian History best yet..

  • "Kings in Grass Castles" is a true story of how one man and his family made a huge impact on settling the outermost areas of Australia. The author is kin to the main characters in the book and has done well researching and coralating information to provide as accurate a historical record as possible. This is not an "easy" read, it's very detailed but not boring. Would be excellent for older kids that like Western type books and they just might learn something in the process.

  • Essential reading for those with a passion for early settlement in Australia. Hardship, determination and frequent heartache for immigrants venturing into the unknown of an arid continent.

  • Very moving and well done saga of Patsy Durack's life and settlement of Australia other than by convicts.