Manning Clark Michael Cathcart
- Title: Manning Clark's History of Australia
- Author: Manning Clark Michael Cathcart
- ISBN: 9780522845235
- Page: 484
- Format: Hardcover
In 1962, the first volume of Manning Clark s A History of Australia appeared For the next two and a half decades Clark unfolded his tragic celebration of white Australian history Today, the six volume history is one of the masterpieces of Australian literature It is also one of the most passionately debated visions of Australian history Clark s Australians are men anIn 1962, the first volume of Manning Clark s A History of Australia appeared For the next two and a half decades Clark unfolded his tragic celebration of white Australian history Today, the six volume history is one of the masterpieces of Australian literature It is also one of the most passionately debated visions of Australian history Clark s Australians are men and women of lively goodwill and deep sinfulness, of generous idealism and unthinking brutality He dramatizes the motivating forces of Australian life cowardice and vision, cruelty and defiance, greatness of spirit and the spiritual vacuity of the suburbs all of them locked in the unceasing struggle which builds a nation Michael Cathcart has re orchestrated Clark s epic narrative in this single volume Every page of this abridgement rings with Manning Clark s voice Here, at last, the general reader can encounter the deep resonances, pessimism and passion of Manning Clark Australian historian and prophet Michael Cathcart is co author of Mission to the South Seas the Voyage of the Duff and author of Defending the National Tuckshop , a study of conservative responses to the Great Depression.
Recent Comments "Manning Clark's History of Australia"
I found all six volumes very accessible and, from my point of view, a page turner.
This is one of the great books of Australia. Superb use of perspective that allows us to take multiple views of single issues, and provides a balanced (for the times written at least) account of the various Australian experiences. This is the abridged version by Michael Cathcart which I found to be a little disjointed - sometimes skipping the introduction of characters (although I haven't read the original for comparison), however it generally reads well. Cathcart's addendum in which he provides [...]
This is an abridgement of his original work in 6 volumes, so some of its faults may be the responsibility of Mr. Cathcart. Some paragraphs float untethered in the narrative, they retained scores of statistics and conclusions with no analysis to bind them together. On the other hand, Mr. Clark was clearly an embittered man who was unwilling to allow positive motivation to anyone, and could not even comment on the geometric street layout of a city without a negative comment.
Not having read the full set of Clark, I can't really comment about the accuracy of the abridgement, but the book itself reads very well, the the abridger has at least been very smooth in his work. And it's a great story
Why didn't I read this years ago?
In six abridged sections from Manning Clark's original epic six (6) volume "History of Australia" Michael Cathcart manages to condense and yet still bare the distinctive voice of the original.
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