Australia Felix

Australia Felix By Henry Handel Richardson Leonie Kramer, Australia Felix The first in Henry Handel Richardson s trilogy The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney From the book blurb Mahoney s personal history is closely interwoven with the history of the colony of Victoria at the t
  • Title: Australia Felix
  • Author: Henry Handel Richardson Leonie Kramer
  • ISBN: 9780140033380
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • Australia Felix By Henry Handel Richardson Leonie Kramer, The first in Henry Handel Richardson s trilogy, The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney From the book blurb Mahoney s personal history is closely interwoven with the history of the colony of Victoria at the time of the Ballarat Gold Rush Colonial life, although the source of his prosperity, becomes for Mahoney the prime cause of an incurable dissatisfaction with his lot The triThe first in Henry Handel Richardson s trilogy, The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney From the book blurb Mahoney s personal history is closely interwoven with the history of the colony of Victoria at the time of the Ballarat Gold Rush Colonial life, although the source of his prosperity, becomes for Mahoney the prime cause of an incurable dissatisfaction with his lot The trilogy is continued in The Way Home, and then Ultima Thule.
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    1. Henry Handel Richardson Leonie Kramer

      Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson s use of a pen name, adopted for mixed motives, probably militated against recognition especially when feminist literary history began Maurice Guest was highly praised in Germany when it first appeared in translation in 1912, but received a bad press in England, though it influenced other novelists The publishers bowdlerized the language for the second imprint The trilogy suffered from the long intervals between its three volumes Australia Felix 1917 The Way Home 1925 and Ultima Thule 1929 The last brought overnight fame and the three volumes were published as one in 1930 Her fame in England was short lived as late as 1977, when Virago Press republished The Getting of Wisdom, some London critics referred to the author as Mr Richardson Her short stories, The End of a Childhood 1934 , and the novel, The Young Cosima 1939 , had lukewarm receptions.Henry Handel Richardson s place in Australian literature is important and secure The Fortunes is an archetypal novel of the country, written about the great upsurge of nineteenth century Western capitalism fuelled by the gold discoveries With relentless objectivity it surveys all the main issues which were to define the direction of white Australian society from the 1850s onwards, within the domestic framework of a marriage Powerfully symbolic in a realistic mode it is, as an English critic said in 1973, one of the great inexorable books of the world.

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    1. Although dated and written at a time where publishing by a woman would almost impossible, it becomes clear that Richardson not merely received a very good education in Melbourne LC at a time when the city was becoming a civic and cultural centre but achieved an equally impressive acclaim in musical composition The book focuses on the central complicated and opaque character of Richard who marries a teenager Polly then Mary all very confusing in her name whilst seeking his fortune of the gold fie [...]


    2. Henry Handel Richardson is a pseudonym used by Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson 1870 1946 I am surprised that she and her works are not better known and widely read than they are Australia Felix 1917 is the first book of a trilogy about the life and trials of Dr Richard Townshend Mahony and his wife Polly Richard left England, as thousands did during the 1850 s, and made the long voyage to Australia and the goldfields of Victoria Luck didn t shine on his endeavors and he gave up the goldfield [...]


    3. This really is the Great Australian Novel It s actually a trilogy which begins in the period of the great gold rush in Ballarat in 1851 While painting some of the most memorable and arresting images of Australian life you will ever read, it traces a search for identity and the struggle of one woman to support her family at a time when a lady did not work Highly recommended.


    4. This book is good It started out amazing I was left astounded for the first several chapters But I m 90 pages from the end and I can t find the will to go on.The main character, Richard Mahoney, is interesting, but it s his wife Mary Polly who s the real heart of the book She humanizes it Maybe because Richardson was a lady she could write lady characters better who knows I know that I could only put up with Mahoney because Mary loves him I m very conflicted about this book, because there s so m [...]


    5. Interesting and well written fictional account set in Ballarat and Melbourne starting with the gold rush, just pre Eureka Stockade seems like one of Australia s earliest significant historical literature efforts.





    6. Excellent historical novel that starts in the Large Goldrush period of the 1850s in Victoria The story focuses on the progress of an Irish doctor who tried his hand at gold mining, while giving a vivid picture of a gold mining community and its development Similar to the other Australia themed books I ve been reading, the picture is one of sudden reversals in fortune and precarious life.


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