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Morgan's Run av Colleen McCullough
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Morgan's Run (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2000)

av Colleen McCullough (Författare)

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Sexy, educated, and a convicted felon, Englishman Richard Morgan finds romance and adventure on a harsh, untamed continent in this historical saga of Australia's first settlers.
Medlem:Ricey
Titel:Morgan's Run
Författare:Colleen McCullough (Författare)
Info:Century (2000), Edition: First Edition, 608 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek, Own hard copy, Ska läsas
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In 1787, bound in chains aboard one of the first ships loaded with unwanted rabble, Richard Morgan set sail from England along with several hundred other convicts, bound for the wild and unknown continent of Australia. The journey by sea lasts more than eight months. When finally they arrive and begin to organize an experimental settlement on Australia's southeast coast, realization dawns that the food, tools and other supplies sent by the government are both insufficient and inferior. It's unclear whether this fledgling colony will survive even a year.

This fictionalized tale of the very real historical figure Morgan is engaging from beginning to end, from his normal, humble life prior to running afoul of the law, to the time spend incarcerated in England, to the long, tedious voyage itself, to earning the respect of the overseers and attempting to forge a new life for himself through hard work. McCullough has an amazing talent for description, and I disagree with reviewers who maintain that the book deserved heavier editing — these readers clearly have not read her Masters of Rome series, as she is the Queen of Verbose! I found it engrossing and not at all boring, reveling in the level of meticulous detail. Richard's only real flaw is that he is portrayed as having none. His seeming perfection and uncanny luck, the only exception being the temporary lapse in judgment that got him into this mess, before long begins to seem unrealistic to the discerning eye. Incredibly, he has a talent for just about everything he attempts, and everyone who meets him almost immediately loves and respects him. Because I was thoroughly enjoying the book, I was able to suspend my disbelief despite how unrealistic it seemed. It was fun to "travel along" throughout the book, using provided maps as well as seeking out modern-day maps and encyclopedic data. I was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that the Mount Pitt bird (providence petrel) became extinct on Norfolk Island as a direct result of overhunting on the part of these early settlers, though populations continue to nest today on neighboring islands. ( )
  ryner | Feb 10, 2021 |
Reread during Covid -19 lockdown 20/8/20. Still a great read. There is so much historical minutia woven into the tale. It must have taken so long to research it all. Pity she never got to write the sequal. ( )
  ElizabethCromb | Aug 19, 2020 |
Embracing my ability to just put down a book I'm not enjoying.

Richard Morgan is bland af and I had no interest in finding out what happens to him. Also stop talking about how beautiful he is, it's weird and annoying.

Plus I was barely 200 pages in with already two examples of Bury Your Gays; both gay male characters had been shown perving on literal children (McCullough tries to frame it as "not evidence of prurient intentions" but c'mon - do you think schoolmasters should be describing their pupils as "ravishing" and "a Ganymede"?) then one just up and dies while the other commits suicide after attempting to molest Morgan Jnr. ( )
  a-shelf-apart | Nov 19, 2019 |
Great historical interest story with so much historical fact woven into very believable characters and story lines. ( )
  ElizabethCromb | Dec 25, 2017 |
Very good, not always compelling, maybe too long, if anything. The story sheds a lot of light on the plight of prisoners accused of murder and petty theft, thrown in together on ships. These ships sailed for months, up to a year in some cases, to get to the islands in and around Australia, where they set up colonies with prisoners and sailors alike. Good read. ( )
  mcorbink | Feb 17, 2017 |
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We are born owning many qualities; some we may never know we possess. It all depends what kind of run God gives us.
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For Ric, Brother John, Wayde, Joe, Helen, and all the other many hundreds of people alive today who can trace their roots directly to Richard Morgan.

But most of all, this book is for my beloved Melinda, the five-times-great-granddaughter of Richard Morgan
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