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.
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This recording follows the fortunes of the Durack family as they build an empire of cattle land across the desolate stretches of central Australia. What begins as a family history expands into a full-blown biography written with painstaking detail and honesty. Jenny Seedsman manages to breathe life into a minutiae-filled narrative, which is often as dry as the Australian landscape. She has a flair for bringing the rough characters of the bush to life and getting the accents just right. Listening to the Durack saga teaches the listener a great deal about nineteenth-century Australia. D.L.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Constable, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110094665605