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!!> Reading ➳ A Commonwealth of Thieves  ➬ Author Thomas Keneally – Fanfaremedia.co.uk chapter 1 A Commonwealth of Thieves , meaning A Commonwealth of Thieves , genre A Commonwealth of Thieves , book cover A Commonwealth of Thieves , flies A Commonwealth of Thieves , A Commonwealth of Thieves e92d2cb00bbfd A Commonwealth Of Thieves Free Author Thomas Keneally Playutopia.us It Was 1786 When Arthur Phillip, An Ambitious Captain In The Royal Navy, Was Assigned The Formidable Task Of Organizing An Expedition To Australia In Order To Establish A Penal Colony The Squalid And Turbulent Prisons Of London Were Overflowing, And Crime Was On The Rise Even The Hulks Sifting At Anchor In The Thames Were Packed With Malcontent Criminals And Petty Thieves So The English Government Decided To Undertake The Unprecedented Move Of Shipping Off Its Convicts To A Largely Unexplored Landmass At The Other End Of The World.Using The Personal Journals And Documents That Were Kept During This Expedition, Historian Novelist Thomas Keneally Re Creates The Grueling Overseas Voyage, A Hellish, Suffocating Journey That Claimed The Lives Of Many Convicts Miraculously, The Fleet Reached The Shores Of What Was Then Called New South Wales In 1788, And After Much Trial And Error, The Crew Managed To Set Up A Rudimentary Yet Vibrant Settlement As Governor Of The Colony, Phillip Took On The Challenges Of Dealing With Unruly Convicts, Disgruntled Officers, A Bewildered, Sometimes Hostile Native Population, As Well As Such Serious Matters As Food Shortages And Disease Moving Beyond Phillip, Keneally Offers Captivating Portrayals Of Aborigines, Who Both Aided And Opposed Phillip, And Of The Settlers, Including Convicts Who Were Determined To Overcome Their Pasts And Begin Anew.With The Authority Of A Renowned Historian And The Narrative Grace Of A Brilliant Novelist, Thomas Keneally Offers An Insider S Perspective Into The Dramatic Saga Of The Birth Of A Vibrant Society In An Unfamiliar Land A Commonwealth Of Thieves Immerses Us In The Fledgling Penal Colony And Conjures Up Colorful Scenes Of The Joy And Heartbreak, The Thrills And Hardships That Characterized Those First Four Improbable Years The Result Is A Lively And Engrossing Work Of History, As Well As A Tale Of Redemption For The Thousands Of Convicts Who Started New Lives Thousands Of Miles From Their Homes.


10 thoughts on “A Commonwealth of Thieves

  1. says:

    This was a great read so well researched that Kenneally isable to skillfully characterize the diarists he used, and this brought the history to life I loved the way he switched perspectives from the Europeans to the Eora Aboriginal peoples I felt he represented the latter s view intelligently and compassionately without painting the Europeans as complete or constant villains More of a tragedy My main criticism of the book is that it doesn t have a decisive conclusion The colony limps along This was a great read so well researched that Kenneally isable to skillfully characterize the diarists he used, and this brought the history to life I loved the way h...


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    I found this book to be something of a disappointment No because of anything this book is, but because of what I thought it was going to be This might probably is be a bit unfair, but it did colour my final impressions of the book so it s worth discussing what exactly this book is.This book is a history of the initial settlement of Australia, covering the conditions in England that caused the settlement, the abortive landing at Botany Bay, the eventual removal of the expedition to Port Jacks I found this book to be something of a disappointment No because of ...


  3. says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz Oh, what No, I m sorry Mr Keneally, but I didn t hear a word you said after the You put me right to sleep I know I m not supposed to sleep in class I m not trying to be funny Now wait just a minute, sir Don t blame me for your tone and monotonous droning I won t tolerate it I love history, always have, always will It s not the history to which I m opposed it...


  4. says:

    Even a history lover and someone interested in Australia must stretch to complete this well researched book by Thomas Keneally There is much minutiae concerning the state of England s prisons and the charges that sent people there to die for what seems minor offenses I think most people know that New South Wales Australia was used as a way to lesson the prison populations What I didn t know is that the same thing was done earlier in the colonies I have heard heard of indentured people, b Even a history lover and someone interested in Australia must stretch to complete this well researched book by Thoma...


  5. says:

    Keneally s command of the subject matter, steady humor, and masterful text combine to make what could be dry a wondrous reading experience All is tied in with global events, yet quotidian details of life in the new colony of convicts is attended well For those who haven t read before about Australia s founding as this reviewer it was a discovery of continental proportions This nonfiction could also serve to show parallels to those who think US history is somehow uniquely shameful, as the a Keneally s command of the subject matter, steady humor, and masterful text combine to make what could be dry a wondrous reading experience All is tied in with global events, yet quotidian details of life in the new colony of convicts is attended well For those who haven t read before about Au...


  6. says:

    This book, albeit somewhat awkwardly written see examples below , is a chronicle of the first four years of Georgian Britain s Australian settlement the establishment of convicts at Sydney Cove Thanks, Lord Sydney The selection of period comes across as a bit arbitrary It covers the term of Sydney s founding Governor Arthur Phillip , but doesn t use Phillip as a focus for the narrative The ebb and flow of the book which after all only follows chronology is fairly repetitive convict This book, albeit somewhat awkwardly written see examples below , is a chronicle of the first four years of Georgian Britain s Australian settlement the establishment of convicts at Sydney Cove Thanks, Lord Sydney The selection of period comes across as a bit arbitrary It covers the term of Sydney s founding Governor Arthur Phillip , but doesn t use Phillip as a focus for the narrative The ebb and flow of the book which after all only follows chronology is fairly repetitive convict settlers and marines arrive, are assigned tasks, suffer gradual reductions in rations as stores are depleted, and just before real starvation kicks in and deprivation inspired chaos ensues, receive temporary respite in the guise of a new shipment of settlers with additional rations It s a bit hard to follow the actual timeline until near the end of the book, I didn t...


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    Imagine a newly discovered land on the other side of the world Thus far only the crew of a single vessel, Captain Cook s Endevour , has ever laid eyes on this distant land What use would you put it to His Majesty s government decided it would be a splendid idea to use it as a dump for the overflow of the British penal system So it was that in 1787, an expedition of eleven ships, their three hundred crew, two hundred and fifty marines, and eight hundred prisoners, ventured forth from Britain Imagine a newly discovered land on the other side of the world Thus far only the crew of a single vessel, Captain Cook s Endevour , has ever laid eyes on this distant land What use would you put it to His Majesty s government decided it would be a splendid idea to use it as a dump for the overflow of the British penal system So it was that in 1787, an expedition of eleven ships, their three hundred crew, two hundred and fifty marines, and eight hundred prisoners, ventured forth from Britain to establish a penal colony in New South Wales.Don t be mislead by my feeble introduction This is not a dry books of numbers and dates Mr Keneally has put together a fascinating portrayal of the people who were involved, what their lives were like, and the challenges they had to overcome in merel...


  8. says:

    A good introduction to the history of colonial Australia It could have been improved by less run on sentences and a condescending tone that was clearly meant to convey knowledge to the common people Some images and a map that actually showed important landmarks would have been nice as well.


  9. says:

    So excited to finally finish this book The history was fascinating but sooo very dense So I could only read this in small chunks But I did love the historical facts and hearing stories of all the convicts and first settlers So good to read how our great nation was founded


  10. says:

    The title of this book caught my eye, especially being that it was written by the author of Schindler s List Though I enjoyed the history presented and the amazing detail, there were several chapters that seemed to go ultra slow for me.