|Plot Summary of Kings in Grass Castles|
|"Kings in Grass Castles is about a pioneering family who opened up the Kimberley Region in Australia. It tells of them coming out from Ireland, and starting to explore the region. It then tells of them setting up cattle and sheep properties all over Australia, and the huge feat of driving huge herds of cattle across the continent. It tells of the hardships of setting up a home in the middle of nowhere, and then surviving with the native people, and any close (or withing 500 kilometres) neighbours.
The main focus of the book is Patrick (or Patsy) Durack. He was the main force behind his family's success. His story is told by his grand-daughter, Mary Durck, who has written 15 books, as well as a number of short stories, poems, plays and film scripts.
This book is one you would read to find out about the pioneering life in Australia in the 1800's and the opening up of the continent to many people.
The sequel, Sons in the Saddle, continues the family's story up until about 1920."
Melissa Nicholls, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Kings in Grass Castles|
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Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
Kind of living:
- pioneering in countryside
ethnic of society (outside)
- colonizing new territory
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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