Robbery Under Arms: A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of Australia



Robbery Under Arms: A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of AustraliaA Century After Its First Publication, Robbery Under Arms Remains As Fresh And Enthralling As When It Originally Appeared In Serial Form In The Sydney Mail Related In First Person By Bushranger Dick Marston As He Awaits His Appointment With The Gallows, The Novel Vividly Evokes His Turbulent Years As Cattleduffer And Bushranger In Company With His Father Ben, Brother Jim And The Gentleman Adventurer, Captain Starlight.

A pseudonym of

[Read] ➪ Robbery Under Arms: A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of Australia By Rolf Boldrewood – Josephfedericonjmet.us
  • Hardcover
  • 447 pages
  • Robbery Under Arms: A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of Australia
  • Rolf Boldrewood
  • English
  • 01 May 2017

10 thoughts on “Robbery Under Arms: A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of Australia

  1. Amy Norris says:

    For a story about bushrangers this sure was boring Also racist and sexist, even for the time period it was written in I believe at one point the narrator says that women need to be starved like dogs to appreciate what they have Also apparently women are only capable of...

  2. Daniel Villines says:

    My impression of Robbery Under Arms is one of appreciation that such a book exists Boldrewood or Browne, as that was his actual name captures the setting and spirit of colonial Australia during the middle of the 19th Century, as it happened The book captures the feeling of that remote colony and his writing captures the dialect of a people that worked apart from the Old World to make Australia their home From there, there is a feeling of kinship that grows from the similarities that exist between the history of the American West and those of this then distant land This book is filled with cattle, ranchers, horses, towns, cowboys, ranges and mountains Had the story been set in Oklahoma the spirit these things would have changed very little But while the actions that drive this book could have been written by El Leonard or Zane Grey, they weren t This book, through and through, is uniquely Australian.The central theme gives rise to considerations of justice Does the doling out of punishment that simply fits the crime, regardless of circumstances, truly balance the scales held in the hand o...

  3. Adrielle says:

    Previous rating 4 starsGoing through my bookshelves doing the annual clean up, as you do, I came across my well worn copy of Robbery Under Arms one of the few novels I will never clean out I got to thinking, what rating did I give this and did I ever review it So on here I come, to see a 4 star rating and no review of one of my all time favourite Australian classics Up it goes to 5 stars, followed by a review.I have read this story from cover to cover 3 times It is a slow paced story in its essence The reason for this being that in order to immerse oneself in the good old Australian way of live before the turn of the 20th Century one must enjoy the bush life Bush rangers, cattle thieves and of course, those upright and tight citizens of colonial times The description is unlike that of anything you will read today because being written in 1888 the Australia as we know it did not exist Hence the slow pace Life was slow then compared to now This does not make it boring by any stretch of the imagination.Based on the Marston family and their progres...

  4. Abraham Lewik says:

    To enjoy this book, read a chapter a week That s about a pleasant pace Put it down often and really try to imagine the society sights, the sounds, and even the smells Don t rush it, don t obsess, I ve cost myself some sweet dreams by slogging it out Not that that was my original intention, my mind changed after finding the story content contemptibly familiar I wish the author had written about music, how that was back 150 years beyond my imagination.Not the best aussie book I ve read, The Amazing Life Adventures of William Buckley takes that trophy A novel in the Social Realist style I reckon Ironically, it is less realistic for the effort Depictions of attitudes are rather expressions of platitudes, those lonely souls in the bush who take to drink to escape the boredom rarely reflect upon themselves as they are drinking, as lonely souls in the bush who took to drink to escape boredom When they drink wouldn t it be sex violence on their minds To be clear, the honest effort really does come out of these pages, wildlife and customs, sounds and societies of the gold fields and such like are encompassed in the effort by Mr Boldrewood to describe the totality of his experience.Two major crimes are covered, let me now share these two delightful pieces of ...

  5. Frumenty says:

    Robbery under arms is a bushranger novel by Thomas Alexander Browne, published under his pseudonym Rolf Boldrewood, It was first published in serialized form by The Sydney Mail between July 1882 and August 1883, then in three volumes in London in 1888 It was abridged into a single volume in 1889 as part of Macmillan s one volume Colonial Library series and has not been out of print since 28 May 2019 In this famous Australian novel, a young man, Dick Marston, who has been condemned to hang, writes down the sorry tale of his drift into crime and outlawry This is a ripping yarn of cattle duffing rustling, in American parlance , gaol breaking, bank robbery, highway robbery, and audacious confidence trickery, leavened with a good deal of Dick s rather monotonous lamentation of the poor choices he has made in his life Marston s partners in crime are an English gentleman known as Captain Starlight, Starlight s sinister aboriginal servant Warrigal, Dick s decent but haplessly loyal brother Jim, and his reprobate father, a transpor...

  6. Sammy says:

    Like many young countries, the first 100 years of Australia s colonised history don t yield much in the way of great fiction You could do a Top 10 list comfortably without missing anything important Robbery Under Arms must be on that list Is it slow going Yes Is it rambling Certainly, although in a pleasingly modern way In fact, modern is a word that comfortably fits this book Despite being written than 130 years ago, the characters and especially the dialogue feel astoundingly up to date This is real speech, not the kind featured in high literature, and it captures the reality of life in 19th century Australia from a working class and indeed outlawed class perspective Astounding to think that the main roads I travel along each week were the province of bushrangers and far flung carriages only a little over a century ago.This is very much a melodrama, no question, but it taps into something The 19th century fad for serialise...

  7. Lyndal Simpson says:

    Unexpectedly wonderful I just adored this book about the exploits and fates of a group of bushrangers in New South Wales in mid nineteenth century Australia I found the characters, the story, the portrayal of colonial Australia and the language of the time mesmerising.The bulk of the action takes place around 1851 and is narrated by the central character Dick Marston while he is in gaol awaiting death by hanging From the beginning you know that Dick ends up a condemned man and from there he tells the story of the events that led to that fate.I found the characters to be wonderfully written and they felt real to me I cared about them and kept hoping against all probability that things would turn out right for them I was on the edge of my seat the entire time that I read this book, fearing that at any minute Dick, his brother Jim and the leader of the gang of outlaws Starlight would m...

  8. Harry Casey-Woodward says:

    Possibly the book with the best subtitle A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of Australia Sounded like my kind of novel and it was It s an outlaw narrative of Dick Marston and his younger brother Jim being led by their dodgy dad into a wild life of cattle rustling, then progressing to stagecoach stickups and of course, armed robbery They come across various colourful characters, including Starlight the dashing gentleman robber I had a similar enjoyable experience reading Lorna Doone by R D Black, set in 17th century England Both novels are rustic historical romances of epic lengths, since they were originally serialised, which makes for long but action packed reads where you get fully engrossed in the characters It was also fun to compare Robbery under Arms to another recent Australian out...

  9. Sam says:

    It isn t spectacular, but I enjoyed reading it A fairly simple tale of a rural boy going down the path of a criminal, but who finds redemption in the end at great cost The writing itself is also simple, but it fits the setting and the characters involved, and it s fun finding old Australian slang this many centuries later.The book has a bit of a problem with its morality, I think specifically, when it wants to apply it It dances between castigating the main characters the Marston brothers, their father, and the leader of their gang of bushrangers, Starlight and singing their praises They re criminals, but they don t do the really bad stuff The newspapers praise how well mannered they are after having killed policemen in shootouts, and there s a running theme of playing fair with the police with the implication that it makes it above board The book also becomes ambivalent about the cause of their criminal downfall whether they were forced into it by obligation to friends and family, whether they had a choice at every step and made the wrong one, or whether it was inherently built into them to become rough types or not I also found the story of the protagonist s brother, Jim Marston, pretty frustrating He is essentially used as the punching bag for the story to punish the protagon...

  10. Dan says:

    This is a deceptively small volume, hardy and ideal to take travelling, very much in keeping with its subject matter The style may seem long winded to the modern reader, and it is definitely a product of its time Thomas Wood s introduction picks up on some of its shortcomings, chiefly the author s tendency to moralise through his protagonist, but that strangely provides another point of interest the study of a man who chooses a path he knows to be wrong, and self defeating In fact the author captures very well the inconsistencies that exist within our human nature, the inner conflicts that we deal with either by suppression or distraction, transference or projection or a myriad of other defences, and rarely find resolution for And this is something he applies across the cast of characters Noone s goodness guarantees their happiness, and noone s moral failings guarantee their downfall Life, as it is protrayed in...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *