Twee 18e eeuwse Engelse struikrovers, Hugh Tallant en Tom Oakley, belanden in de Australische strafkolonie, waaruit ontsnappen niet eenvoudig blijkt te zijn.“Het is een stralende Australische lentedag geweest, zonder een wolkje aan den hemel, de lucht koel genoeg om er door verfrischt te worden en toch warm genoeg om er, in den namiddag, hier in de schaduw van mijn lieveliTwee 18e eeuwse Engelse struikrovers, Hugh Tallant en Tom Oakley, belanden in de Australische strafkolonie, waaruit ontsnappen niet eenvoudig blijkt te zijn.“Het is een stralende Australische lentedag geweest, zonder een wolkje aan den hemel, de lucht koel genoeg om er door verfrischt te worden en toch warm genoeg om er, in den namiddag, hier in de schaduw van mijn lievelingsboom mijn gemak van te kunnen nemen.”Ondanks de verschillen in de vertaling is dit hetzelfde boek als het later bij Spaarnestad uitgegeven De bannelingen van Botany Baai. (Deze info is afkomsig van de KB)....
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Botany Baai Reviews
I don't often read historical fiction. In fact, this was the first book I've read in years outside of science fiction and fantasy. But, I enjoyed this. The style was interesting. The authors took the first-person POV a step further. I've not read anything from the mid-19th century--a few snippets of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn is the earliest I've read--but the wording and vocabulary used is what I would expect from someone raised in Colonial America at the time of the Revolution.The story follows Hugh Tallant, who is telling the story, an American who was loyal to the British during the Revolutionary War. The War is over and Hugh seeks compensation from the British government for his loyalty, hoping to go to take part in colonizing the recently discovered Australian continent. The colonizing project is abandoned and so is Hugh. With his money depleted, he is forced into a life of highway robbery in order to return to North America. This leads him to Australia after all--as a convict. The misery of late-18th century London; of the goals; of the transportation ships; of the struggling beginning for the original penal settlers of Australia was very well captured.Before reading the book, I had watched the 1953 movie based on it. As with most movie adaptations, very different. I guess Paramount wasn't comfortable with a hero who engages in dishonest business--even if it is out of desperation--so they made Hugh Tallant an American doctor (his part in the American Revolution left out) who was falsely accused. This gives the story a bit of Captain Blood/Mutiny on the Bounty slant.
During my trip to Australia I read literature concerning my adopted second home covering the dramatic (A Town Like Alice), tragic (Gallipoli), comic (They're A Weird Mob) and the historic (Botany Bay) with excursions into the poetic (Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson). This thoroughly entertaining and interesting novel from the writers of Mutiny on the Bounty concerns The First Fleet and the founding of Australia. Recommended.
Interesting story about something I had never considered. After the Revolution, what happened to the people fought against the Americans for King George? The story starts with leaving New York & eventually going to England. Took a while to read, but it was worth it!
An interesting historical novel by the authors of Mutiny on the Bounty. The novel decribes the life of the Hugh Tallant, as told by himself. Hugh Tallant, an American, is convicted in London of highway robbery and as such exported as a convict to New South Wales, Australia, as part of the First Fleet. The story shows its readers the hardship of the convicts who arrived on the First Fleet, as well as the even worse conditions endured by the convicts of the Second Fleet.Because the historical data is given as part of a fictional story, the book makes both an interesting and pleasant read.See also Netherlands & Flanders group discussion: Foreign authors > Foreign fiction translated into Dutch/Flemish for a review in Dutch.
Standard "I read this, but damned if I can remember exactly when or why or enough about it to make detail comments" disclaimer: My rating is based solely on my memory of how much or little I enjoyed the book at that time. In some cases, "at that time" might mean before most Goodreads users were born. Then again, it could mean a couple years ago and that I have a lousy memory. Your mileage may vary. Heck, given how all our tastes change over the years and the fickle nature of memory, my own mileage might vary if I re-read it today.
An excellent book. One you 'can't put down'--I was up most of the night finishing it! A good look at how life was in the penal colonies of Australia in the 1780's and 90's.