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The Book of the Bush Containing Many Truthful Sketches Of The Early Colonial Life Of Squatters, Whalers, Convicts, Diggers, And Others Who Left Their Native Land And Never Returned Kindle Edition
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I loved the first hand recollections of frontiersmen and the humor that they lived with. George was clearly a student of the human condition and he responded to himself and all other humans around him in the best way. He laughed about it. Some of the subject matter is very serious. He explores racism, violence, corrupt law enforcement, and for the most part, he laughs at it all.
I would warn you that he does not hold to modern political correctness, but he wrote this 100 years ago, so you should over look that in my opinion. But if you are looking for an excellent read about the frontier in Australia (and a brief stop in America) that was well written and fun, than this is it. I don't know that you will find a lot of new historical data, but you will get a feel for the attitude and temperment of frontiersmen in a new land. People who didn't fit in well in their old land and had to find a new one. I really wish there was one more place on earth that we modern people could go and do the same.
From its organization I think it was probably a series of magazine or newspaper articles. It puts together stories and tales much in the way of Mark Twain. The stories bounce around from Austrailian and New Zealand to Illinois and back. The author is an inveterate bachelor, but reappears as a father of a six year old child. The very irregularities of the book are part of its charm.
Hidden amidst these well-told stories of criminals, vagabonds and gold seekers are a lot of precious little jewels about life in the outback. I read this book while traveling and found it to be both relaxing and undemanding, while entertaining me greatly.
I recommend it for those who want something light and easily digested while whiling away the time.