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Het ware verhaal van de Kelly-bende (2000)

door Peter Carey

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This story is the song of Australia, and it sings its protest in a voice at once crude and delicate, menacing and heart-wrenching. The author gives us Ned Kelly as orphan, as Oedipus, as horse thief, farmer, bushranger, reformer, bank-robber, police-killer and as his country's Robin Hood.
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That rarest of things, a recent prize-winning and critically praised novel that does NOT disappoint. Peter Carey channels the voice of Ned Kelly, Australia's answer to Robin Hood, or perhaps Bonnie and Clyde, achieving a chronicle of the life of the bushranger that is sympathetic to the crushing poverty and prejudice that gave rise to Kelly and his family, while never soft-pedalling the reign of terror that they unleashed on Victoria State, Australia in the 1870s.

I loved it, but I know that this will not appeal to everyone: the stylized language, and the episodic storytelling is the opposite of a comfortable read. It was interesting to come upon this essay by Carey, describing the genesis of the novel, and to learn that Carey's inspiration was a letter Kelly actually wrote in 1879, before he robbed a bank in New South Wales.

In or about the spring of 1870 the ground was very soft a hawker named Mr Gould got his wagon bogged between Greta and my mother’s house on the eleven mile creek, the ground was that rotten it would bog a duck in places.

That's a quote from the letter, not the novel (Mr. Gould, the hawker, does get his moment in the spotlight, in the novel, and it's a good one ...) But it's all there, and it might give you an idea what to expect: the slightly formal, desperate to be taken seriously style; the blunt, no nonsense view of a world that is both beautiful and terrible, and a grinding life that has been imposed on the sons and daughters of the Irish convicts who were whisked away to these alien shores, for crimes as heinous as stealing a loaf of bread for a starving family, or standing up to a corrupt landlord. The humor: the bleak, dark laugh at the heart of the very worst situation, right up to the very end, and Kelly's own, apocryphal last words: "Such is life."

About 1/3 of the way through the novel, I realized what it reminded me of: Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban. Like Hoban, in that novel (which, full disclosure, I rate as probably the best thing written in the history of the world, ever), Carey has invented his own language, and devised his own mythology for a "hero" who is trying to make sense of his place in what feels like a post-apocalyptic landscape. Carey's Kelly is heartbreaking in his misplaced and mis-shaped sense of honor, and right and wrong: he is desperate to be thought of as a "good man," to look after his family, and be thought well of by the (fictional) daughter he will never see.

Carey achieves what I would have thought was impossible -- explaining, and even justifying Kelly's iconic status in Australia and beyond. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
I had a really hard time connecting to any of the character (including Ned the main character). I never would have read this book if it weren't required reading for a class. Unless you wanted to find out more about the famous outlaw New Kelly from Australia I wouldn't suggest this novel. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey Written in the vernacular in a style that makes for compulsive reading.
 
This was one of those books whose every page was mouthwateringly well written. A superb work that reminded me that really good books are few and far between. This was my second reading too, I read it originally when it first came out a few years ago now. Dipping into it for the second time it was still as fresh as if I hadn't read it at all.Can't say enough good things. If your house was on fire grab your wallet so you can buy a book to read while you are living under the bridge. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
I suppose writing in a semiliterate style with Irish accents is some accomplishment, and the depiction of poverty and hardship in frontier Australia is vivid, but the colloquial writing style, the lack of punctuation, and repetitive encounters with danger and abuse get adjectival tiresome quickly. The picaresque novel is just not my thing I guess. Had to stop a third of the way through. 2/5 ( )
  Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
I liked this novel much more than the only other Carey book I have read - Oscar and Lucinda. But something kept me from really loving it; I don't know if it was the style of the writing (which I admired for what appeared to me to be its fidelity to what writing Ned Kelly might actually have been like but found wearisome after a while) or what. ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 13, 2020 |
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