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Hmmm, ask yourself How much do you like sheep because there is a lot of sheep talk in this book I personally have no great love affair with wool or the tasty four legged friends that it grows onso I felt a wee bit put off by the passion with which it was discussed This book is epic in scale and setting I found the syntax and grammar unusual and difficult at times to read I found myself losing track of the plot as well, perhaps I am just not used to the historical novel genre In short Hmmm, ask yourself How much do you like sheep because there is a lot of sheep talk in this book I personally have no great love affair with wool or the tasty four legged friends that it grows onso I felt a wee bit put off by the passion with which it was discussed This book is epic in scale and setting I found the syntax and grammar unusual and difficult at times to read I found myself losing track of the plot as well, perhaps I am just not used to the historical novel genre In short I found the book difficult Roger Mc Donald is certainly a very clever writerI just found myself losing patience with some of the twistier bits of prose and wished he could have been a bit plainer at times I found it a hard read, it took a lot of concentration and patience but in the end it was worth it Roger McDonald is an author whose work straddles the rise of the internet, so it s his later work which tends to be reviewed online while reviews of his earlier work are hard to find I ve been reading his novels for long time, but all I ve reviewed here is 1915, A novel McDonald s debut novel, 1979 The Slap 1996 When Colts Ran 2010 The Following 2013 , and Shearers Motel , non fiction, 1993 The rest of his oeuvre is part of a mini project of mine, to review earlier works by favourite a Roger McDonald is an author whose work straddles the rise of the internet, so it s his later work which tends to be reviewed online while reviews of his earlier work are hard to find I ve been reading his novels for long time, but all I ve reviewed here is 1915, A novel McDonald s debut novel, 1979 The Slap 1996 When Colts Ran 2010 The Following 2013 , and Shearers Motel , non fiction, 1993 The rest of his oeuvre is part of a mini project of mine, to review earlier works by favourite authors, so that I will eventually have reviewed them all And since The Ballad of Desmond Kale 2005 was also the 2006 Miles Franklin winner, it s part of my challenge to read and review all the MF winners as well I ve got 16 left to read, but 33 to review.So although re reading The Ballad of Desmond Kale was triggered by my conversation with Roger McDonald at the Bendigo Writers Festival it was a book I was always going to re read anyway.I know I didn t do this novel justice the first time I read it It s such a big, ambitious book, epic in its scope and uncompromising in its style, it s hard to know where to begin, so I ve spent some days mulling it over before trying to capture it enough to persuade readers to tackle it At 638 pages it s a big book, and, as you can see from the Opening Lines, McDonald s prose reproduces the style of the period If you make the mistake of thinking that it s a book about convicts and settlers and the birth of the wool industry in Australia, you might falter before discovering its magic And that would be a pity, it really would.As I said when reviewing Ian Reid s recent The Mind s Own Place, Australia s fledgling colonial society was potentially a place for redemption It s a cruel irony of our history that the dispossession of the indigenous people and the near destruction of their culture led to the birth of an egalitarian society where people could remake themselves in ways that were never possible in England Penned in by the impenetrable Blue Mountains on one side and the vast oceans that lay beyond Port Jackson and Botany Bay on the other, convict and gaoler alike were imprisoned in a place where old certainties no longer applied Despite the brutality of the penal settlement, emancipists of energy and ambition could reinvent themselves alongside the officer class as farmers, as merchants, as landowners, as artisans and in time, even as members of the clergy, the magistracy, the government or the bunyip aristocracy.But as author Jane Rawson recently said in a completely different context at the Bendigo Writers Festival, it s one thing to predict what will happen in any given circumstance, and another thing entirely to predict how people will behave In Roger McDonald s early 1800s, an Irish convict called Desmond Kale has charisma He is a natural leader which is why the Brits transported him as a political prisoner and his obsessed foe Stanton fears his de facto power Which Kale exerts through rumour and the ballads that are sung about him He is hardly ever actually present in the tale.To read the rest of my review please visit The Ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger McDonald, winner of the 2006 Miles Franklin Award, is a woolly sheep story Wool and sheep feature prominently in the 636 pages of this Australian colonial yarn.Set in the early years of the New South wales penal settlement, the eponymous hero of the story, Desmond Kale, a rogue who is rescued by accomplices following a 50 lash flogging, is something of an expert in breeding sheep that grow the finest quality wool.His nemesis is the eccentric, cruel and vindic The Ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger McDonald, winner of the 2006 Miles Franklin Award, is a woolly sheep story Wool and sheep feature prominently in the 636 pages of this Australian colonial yarn.Set in the early years of the New South wales penal settlement, the eponymous hero of the story, Desmond Kale, a rogue who is rescued by accomplices following a 50 lash flogging, is something of an expert in breeding sheep that grow the finest quality wool.His nemesis is the eccentric, cruel and vindictive parson, Matthew Stanton, a married man with many flaws, who is determined to be recognised in mother England as the finest Australian wool producer.After featuring prominently in the opening chorus of the ballad , Kale features very little directly in the body of the story that follows Apart from Stanton and his family, other key characters include Ugly Tom Rankine, an officer and accomplice of Kale, a Spaniard, Mereno, who knows well the breed of sheep that thrives in dry, harsh Australian conditions, several women love interests and some children of dubious parentage.In a writing style that does not flow easily and is sometimes difficult to interpret, McDonald nevertheless brings to life the chaotic conditions of Australian colonial life, its roguery and rough justice.And then, of course, there is the wool At times, it seems like a text book on ovine husbandry, with detail about the features of fine wool and niceties of selective breeding.The story flags in pace at times I didn t so much enjoy the section set in England, when Stanton sails back for self promotional purposes but the novel comes to life brilliantly at other times I particularly enjoyed the adventures of the boys Titus and Warren Inchcape.A slightly uneven but enjoyable novel that takes on an important element of Australian colonial history Sheep were, and remain, a notable element in the wealth and culture of Australia A difficult book to read It wasn t an enjoyable read, In fact it was quite laborious, hence the time it took me to really plough through it The storyline had promise but I found the writing style meant it had to be read slowly and there was no real plot, just a long meandering story I thought the book could be improved if it focused on telling the story of one particular character, whereas the book seemed to be telling the story of several characters but none in particular which resulted in i A difficult book to read It wasn t an enjoyable read, In fact it was quite laborious, hence the time it took me to really plough through it The storyline had promise but I found the writing style meant it had to be read slowly and there was no real plot, just a long meandering story I thought the book could be improved if it focused on telling the story of one particular character, whereas the book seemed to be telling the story of several characters but none in particular which resulted in it s feeling of a lack of direction and purpose This is one of the most engaging books I have ever read, with a large cast of gritty, unique characters each engaged in a gripping struggle against authority, dispossession, the environment, inner demons or each other.The first 60 odd pages were a shock to the system due to the language used, but with the language learned the novel then flowed with a beautiful rhythm which suspended reality and carried me off into the amazing and alien world being depicted.Historical details about the colony and This is one of the most engaging books I have ever read, with a large cast of gritty, unique characters each engaged in a gripping struggle against authority, dispossession, the environment, inner demons or each other.The first 60 odd pages were a shock to the system due to the language used, but with the language learned the novel then flowed with a beautiful rhythm which suspended reality and carried me off into the amazing and alien world being depicted.Historical details about the colony and its brutalised inhabitants brutalised by isolation, the environment and each other , the down to earth reality of the bushrangers, the ghostly presence of non european inhabitants, the corruption of the military and other local representatives of distant British rule, and the surprising history of the Peninsular origins of the Australian Merino are gems peppered through a rich and complex tale of human survival and obsession What makes this novel is its cast of larger than life characters The obvious standout character is the wildly eccentric flogging Parson , Matthew Stanton, whose obsessive pursuit of the titular character, Desmond Kale, is one of the main driver s of the book s overall narrative Stanton is a fantastic villain, and Roger McDonald has done well to bring him to life In one scene we see him through the eyes of another character, Ugly Tom Rankin Rankin looked at the bulging eyed Stanton in his What makes this novel is its cast of larger than life characters The obvious standout character is the wildly eccentric flogging Parson , Matthew Stanton, whose obsessive pursuit of the titular character, Desmond Kale, is one of the main driver s of the book s overall narrative Stanton is a fantastic villain, and Roger McDonald has done well to bring him to life In one scene we see him through the eyes of another character, Ugly Tom Rankin Rankin looked at the bulging eyed Stanton in his frock coat and stockings and saw a dusty frog of a man, moon faced, pot bellied, springy legged, almost as wide as he was tall, with a vital energy so extreme, it almost squeaked his gristle every time he twitched Physically repulsive and morally dubious at best, Stanton s obsessive nature affects everything and everyone he comes across His adopted Aboriginal boy, Titus, and apprenticed shepherd boy, Warren Inchape grandson of Desmond Kale and step son of Ugly Tom, both find their lives altered forever on their journey to England with Stanton.There is something very Dickens esque about these characters, their convoluted relationships with each other, and the very real impact of these interwoven lives on the final outcome of the story The story itself is engaging enough, if you are interested in Australian historical fiction An interest in sheep might help too This is a tome of a book, and the language can at times be a bit difficult to navigate Some reviewers have mentioned that the pacing is not particularly fast, but if you let it, this is a story that unfolds in a way that absorbs you Following the various characters on their journeys and struggles makes this book a worthwhile read Roger McDonald s 2006 Miles Franklin Award winner certainly takes some getting into the faux eighteenth century style is initially a challenge but once the reader becomes accustomed to it it really adds to the flavour of the book and even allows for some quite subtle humour and the pace contrary to what some of the endorsements on the back cover say is very slow But the novel is so rich with character and incident almost Dickensian in that sense that the pace scarcely matters as i Roger McDonald s 2006 Miles Franklin Award winner certainly takes some getting into the faux eighteenth century style is initially a challenge but once the reader becomes accustomed to it it really adds to the flavour of the book and even allows for some quite subtle humour and the pace contrary to what some of the endorsements on the back cover say is very slow But the novel is so rich with character and incident almost Dickensian in that sense that the pace scarcely matters as it is a pleasure to spend time in this world of early 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ballade or ballade, which were originally dance songs Ballads were particularly characteristic of the popular poetry and song of Britain and Ireland from the later medieval period until the th century The Ballad of Mr Baumann BenWiki Fandom Bertolt Brecht Perhaps I just don t get some literature.I really wanted to enjoy this book and really tried but it became a labour which I could not love and has been shelved as an unfinishable.I really cant be bothered reading paragraphs and then thinking what has just happened , or what is this or that person actually saying The story synopsis is enticing but the telling of same is all too intricate and convoluted.One thing though that confused me is his constant reference to the settlement at Botany B Perhaps I just don t get some literature.I really wanted to enjoy this book and really tried but it became a labour which I could not love and has been shelved as an unfinishable.I really cant be bothered reading paragraphs and then thinking what has just happened , or what is this or that person actually saying The story synopsis is enticing but the telling of same is all too intricate and convoluted.One thing though that confused me is his constant reference to the settlement at Botany Bay.Did Sydney Cove continue to be known as Botany Bay or is this an authors ploy to further confound and obfuscate the reader I loved this book for the connection it made between the Australian landscape of today and the events that changed it during colonisation Slow maybe but rich in detail putting you right there in the paddock, the cell and the homestead And now I know there isto the Golden Fleece than western district petrol stations of yesterday.