Title Profile & Character Information

True History of the Kelly Gang

Annotation
"True History of Kelly Gang is the song of Australia, and it sings its protest in a voice at once crude and delicate, menacing and heart-wrenching. Carey gives us Ned Kelly as orphan, as Oedipus, as horse thief, farmer, bushranger, reformer, bank-robber, police-killer and, finally, as his country's beloved Robin Hood." "In 1878 Francis Harty, a poor farmer, said, 'Ned Kelly is the best bloody man that has ever been in Benalla, I would fight up to my knees in blood for him - I have known him for years, I would take his word sooner than another man's oath'." "By the time of his hanging in 1880 a whole country would seem to agree - and it is a measure of Peter Carey's achievement that he has not only made art from his country's great story but that he persuades us all to understand the true measure of that 'best bloody man'."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2001  Commonwealth Writers Prize
2001  Man Booker Prize for Fiction
2001  Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2001  New York Times Editors' Choice
2001  Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2002  American Library Association Notable Books

Characters
NameKelly, Ned
GenderMale
OccupationOutlaw
TraitsIrish
Immigrant

NameKelly, Ellen Quinn
GenderFemale
TraitsIrish
Immigrant
Mother

GenreFiction
Biographical
Historical
Adventure
TopicsIrish immigrants
Outlaws
Outlaw gangs
Family relationships
Mothers and sons
Corruption
Bigotry