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This outstanding novel is set in a remote British penal colony late in the 1790s Thomas Keneally's evocative writing gives us searing insight into the sun parched settlements of hungry transports and corruptive soldiers But this is not an 'historical' novel in the usual sense It is the story of a man Corporal Phelim Halloran and of the demands made on him by his girl his Irish comrades his superior officers and most often by his conscience Innocent and lover poet soldier by accident scholar by the standards of his day Halloran attempts to make a world unto himself through his pity and love for Ann Rush his 'secret bride'; but many seem pledged to complicate these simple desires There is the convict artist Thomas Ewers persecuted and compelled to illustrate the officers' journals There is Halloran's feckless colleague Terry Byrne The convict uinn whose term of imprisonment should have been nearly over Robert Hearne political prisoner government clerk and traitor Halloran comes to disbelieve in any other existence except his own and God's until shockingly and irrevocably he is reunited with Ann


10 thoughts on “Bring Larks and Heroes

  1. says:

    On a personal level this reminded me in style of Voss by Patrick White differences being that the story itself was stronger the occasional stream of consciousness delivery at least made sense and I found the characters believable Voss I detested for confusing me Bring Larks and Heroes on the other hand never once made me feel like I was missing something As far as the story goes it was grim reading The brutality of a convict settlement in what I presumed was present day Sydney made harsh reading There was a foreboding sense of danger throughout the book that culminated in an ending that was sadly gripping The main protagonist Halloran was a character I could relate to He was not saccharine sweet by any stretch of the imagination but had a humane touch and was consciously thoughtful in a manner that made him compelling Only my 2nd Keneally I read the well known Schindler’s Ark many years back but I may read him some Very good


  2. says:

    I haven’t read a lot of Keneally Schindler’s Ark and Gossip in the Forest being the other two and this book is a good reason to further chastise myself for that fact It’s a ripper Stylistically it’s worlds apart from my assumption of his approach It brings to mind a accessible Patrick White with a keen sense of tragedy without ever weighing down the who enterpriseIn it Keneally probably helped kick of an entire re interpretation of Australian history that of our past as a penal colony It’s a brutal but beautiful book Rich in history and imagery the tensions in those first few years of colonisation at the remote ends of the Earth resonate with tension Men vastly outnumber women The Irish – both convicts and those press ganged into the Royal Marines ¬ outnumber the English The oppressed Catholics outnumber the Protestants The natives are relegated to a harsh existence on the periphery The alien land and climate test everybody Suffice to say things are toughThis is the canvas that the author masterfully invokes an understanding of our past that was uite different to our self perception up to that point; The Gulag Archipelago than Gilligan’s IslandThe religious allusions are many and when coupled with the brutal natural imagery the seeming futility of life in the late 18th century is stark It’s a cruel lot for the masters of the colony and only gets worse the farther down the tree you are administrators officers wives of the elite soldiers convicts female convicts natives The novel is unsparing in its depiction of the horrors of convict life and is dismissive of the vain hope that redemption is possible in such circumstances Brutal times are brutal times and there are no happy endings hereI loved this book Some people have found the intense Catholic strain of belief and guilt in Keneally’s early work hard going but in the tale of a young Catholic servant of an Empire and a system who represses his people This is a top read Very highly recommended


  3. says:

    I was truly nonplussed by this book by the well regarded Thomas Keneally An early work true and just may not be my style Very spare writing I probably would not have finished it if it was not part of a reading challenge Set in Australia during the 18th C as the penal colony was getting its footing and there was hope for the felons to eke out a new life But the life is harsh and unforgiving and so are the people that populated this novel Ostensibly the novel is about the daily life and times of Corporal Halloran Royal Marine I'm not sure where the title comes from


  4. says:

    Bring Larks and Heroes won the Miles Franklin in 1967 the third novel in Thomas Keneally’s long and impressive career as an Australian novelist Reading it is a little bit like finding an undiscovered Patrick White because its style to my surprise is modernist – utterly unlike Keneally’s later novels that I’ve read Schindler’s Ark aka Schindler’s List which won the Booker in 1982; The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith see my review; and The Widow and Her Hero see my review I think it would be most interesting to trace Keneally’s development as a writer through his entire oeuvre – but he’s such a prolific author there’s a PhD in it I am sure It was the religious allusions the brutal imagery and that sharp adjective ‘futile‘ on the very first page that made me think of Patrick White The afternoon is hot in this alien forest The sunlight burrows like a worm in both eye balls His jacket looks pallid the arms are rotted out of his yellowing shirt and under the gaiters worn for the occasion the canvas shoes are too light for this knobbly land Yet as already seen he takes long strides he moves with vigour He’s on his way to Mr Commissary Blythe’s place where his secret bride Ann Rush runs the kitchen and the house When he arrives in the Blythe’s futile vegetable garden and comes mooning up to the kitchen door he will in fact call Ann my secret bride my bride in Christ She is his secret bride If Mrs Blythe knew she would do her best to crucify him though that he is a spouse in secret today comes largely as the result of a summons from Mrs Blythe six weeks ago p1To read the rest of my review please visit


  5. says:

    Bring Larks and Heroes Miles Franklin Award 1967 by Thomas Keneally is set in a fictitious penal colony in the South Pacific but modelled on the convict settlement at Sydney in the late 18th centuryThe title of the novel comes from a line in a crude poem written by one of the charactersThe story focuses on two principal characters Phelim Halloran a soldier and Ann a servant who Halloran deems to be his secret brideJustice such as it is in the colony is rough and arbitrary and conditions are harsh and cruel Indiscretions are punishable by the ultimate penalty death and the means are usually brutalHalloran and Ann become involved in a plot initiated by some local rogues to steal food from the colony store Unfortunately they are betrayed by an informerAt heart Halloran and his 'bride' are relatively decent people but there is to be no moderation of forgiveness for their sinsKeneally has written a brief but tough tale of a time and place with an elegance and visceral imagery that can be both beautiful and disturbingThe supporting characters are all deeply flawed and desperate with few redeeming features with a primary focus on survival and the exercise of authority that comes with any form of power


  6. says:

    Let the sun cope golden With the shoulders of my eavesMay the hale throats of Beauty sonsShake old eardrums and the summer leaves And when Beauty nods silver Kine cropping the lushness of my edge May the smiles of our shy grand daughters Bring larks and heroes to our hedge Extraordinary and moving if your Irish born then your bear the pain and anguish of Halloran and Ann as well as the thousands of other men and women treated in that manner


  7. says:

    It’s an early Keneally piece not as great as his later pieces Often disjointed and lacked his later finesse of language It plods along rather than gallops


  8. says:

    Took me a bit to get into the language and to make sense of the religious and bibical references uite a grim book you can't expect it to end well it takes place in a corrupt and brutal penal colony and nobody expects to leave alive but you can't help but become engaged with Phelim the main character Enjoyable mainly because I had no idea what to expect


  9. says:

    ‘The long sought Great Australian novel’Australian‘Bring Larks and Heroes is an early peak in a career whose Updikean longevity and range has few parallels in Australian letters Keneally’s story of an Irish marine and his love for a servant girl is told with passion intelligence empathy and gallows humour’Geordie Williamson


  10. says:

    Bring Larks and Heroes was the first of Thomas Keneally's novelo win the Miles Franklin Literary Award As can be expected it's a very fine novel and its prose is surprisingly lush and beautiful uite unalike Keneally's later journalistic style It's rather reminiscent of Patrick White except Keneally is readable and a better dialogue writer