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True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel

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“I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false.”

In True History of the Kelly Gang , the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.

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"What is it about we Australians, eh?" demands a schoolteacher near the end of Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang. "Do we not have a Jefferson? A Disraeli? Might not we find someone better to admire than a horse-thief and a murderer?" It's the author's sole nod to the contradictory feelings Ned Kelly continues to evoke today, more than a century after his death. A psychopathic killer to some, a crusading folk hero to others, Kelly was a sharpshooting outlaw who eluded a brutal police manhunt for nearly two years. For better or worse, he's now a part of the Australian national myth. Indeed, the opening ceremonies for the Sydney Olympics featured an army of Ned Kellys dancing about to Irish music, which puts him in the symbolic company of both kangaroos and Olivia Newton-John.

What's to be gained from telling this illiterate bushranger's story yet again? Quite a lot, as it turns out. For starters, there is the remarkable vernacular poetry of Carey's narrative voice. Fierce, funny, ungrammatical, steeped in Irish legends and the frontier's moral code, this voice is the novel's great achievement--and perhaps the greatest in Carey's distinguished career. It paints a vivid picture of an Australia where English landowners skim off the country's best territory while government land grants allow the settlers just enough acreage to starve. Cheated, lied to, and persecuted by the authorities at every opportunity, young Kelly retains no faith in his colonial masters. What he does trust, oddly, is the power of words:

And here is the thing about them men they was Australians they knew full well the terror of the unyielding law the historic memory of UNFAIRNESS were in their blood and a man might be a bank clerk or an overseer he might never have been lagged for nothing but still he knew in his heart what it were to be forced to wear the white hood in prison he knew what it were to be lashed for looking a warder in the eye ... so the knowledge of unfairness were deep in his bone and in his marrow.
Ned Kelly as literary hero? Strangely enough, that's what he becomes, at least in Carey's rendering. Pouring his heart out in a series of letters to the country at large, Kelly wants nothing more than to be heard--and for the dirt-poor son of an Irish convict, that's an audacious ambition indeed. It's not so surprising, then, that his story continues to speak to Australians. Like all colonial countries, Australia was built at a steep human price, and the memory of all those silenced voices lives on. True History of the Kelly Gang takes its epigraph from Faulkner: "The past is not dead. It is not even past." And like Faulkner's own vast chronicle of dispossession, it's haunted by tragedies as large as history itself. --Mary Park

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" True History of the Kelly Gang is a true wonder. It's lyrical and hard-edged at the same time, constantly inventive, pell-mell in its storytelling, and, best of all, the voice Peter Carey invents for Ned Kelly is nothing less than mint-fresh original. This is just amazing writing." —Kent Haruf

"As genuine as a diamond in the rough . . . In essence an adventure saga, with numerous descriptions of the wild and forbidding Australian landscape, shocking surprises, coldhearted villains who hail from the top and the bottom of the social ladder, and a tender love story. Carey (Booker Prize winner for Oscar will undoubtedly win a worldwide readership for a novel that teems with energy, suspense, and the true story of a memorable protagonist . . . No reader will be left unmoved." — Publishers Weekly

"I completely admire Peter Carey's work — the worlds he enters, the stakes he goes for — and Ned Kelly's a leap even beyond the others: brilliantly constructed, gorgeously written, a simply heartbreaking story." —Beverly Lowry

“[A] tale that’s as exciting as any classic western…With True History of the Kelly Gang, Carey has again fashioned a thrilling novel that touches on big themes without sacrificing narrative momentum. It’s also a highly compelling portrait of a man who believed that his actions were true to himself, if not to the letter of the law.” — Globe and Mail

“…[R]eaders will surrender to Carey’s version of Kelly’s voice…a powerful tale…” —Phil Marchand, Toronto Star

“[A] remarkably vivid first-person voice…a rough-necked, tender, funny, lyrical and engaging personality shines through…” —Kevin Chong, National Post

“Carey has done a marvelous job of showing how Kelly’s inherent decency and breathtaking courage are not enough to protect him from his tragic fate…The novel also memorably evokes the Australian landscape…” — Maclean’s

“Peter Carey writ[es] doubly pleasing prose; you can pat yourself on the back for reading a clever book at the same time as you’re titillated by adventure, intrigue, murder, love and lust… True History of the Kelly Gang is a winning formula combined with a muscular voice and brainy twists…True or not, the history is irresistible…Like all talented writers with a passion for injustice in the past, [Carey] simply creates a more powerful version of history.” —Todd Babiak, Edmonton Journal

“Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang pulls out all the stops…A pastiche of history, folklore and brash inventiveness, Carey’s look at the legendary Ned Kelly proves a page-turner…Carey’s version of Kelly’s chequered career is brimming with action and interest.” — London Free Press

True History feels raw, passionate and unqualified, and yet it’s surprisingly free of romanticism…This novel is a cry out against a history of crushing injustice…Carey…show[s] readers that there’s an Australian way to tell every story, and by the time he’s done telling it, we see even the most familiar tales in a whole new light.” — Hamilton Spectator

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