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The fortunes of Richard Mahony

Author: Henry Handel Richardson
Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1982
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Set in Australia during the gold-mining boom, this remarkable trilogy is one of the classics of Australian literature. Henry Handel Richardson's great literary achievement, comprising the novels Australia Felix, The Way Home and Ultima Thule, weaves together many themes. Richard Mahony, despite finding initial contentment with his wife, Mary, becomes increasingly dissatisfied with his ordered life. His restlessness  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Richardson, Henry Handel, pseud.
Fortunes of Richard Mahony.
Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1982 (1986 [printing])
(OCoLC)568651312
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Handel Richardson
ISBN: 0140432906 9780140432909
OCLC Number: 14052952
Description: 841 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Australia felix --
The way home --
Ultima Thule.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Responsibility: Henry Handel Richardson.

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Set in Australia during the gold-mining boom, this remarkable trilogy is one of the classics of Australian literature. Henry Handel Richardson's great literary achievement, comprising the novels Australia Felix, The Way Home and Ultima Thule, weaves together many themes. Richard Mahony, despite finding initial contentment with his wife, Mary, becomes increasingly dissatisfied with his ordered life. His restlessness is not understood by Mary, who has to endure the constant shattering of her security as Richard desperately attempts to free himself; his attempts finally plunge them into poverty. In the figure of Richard Mahony, Richardson captures the soul of the emigrant, ever restless, ever searching for some equilibrium, yet never really able to settle anywhere. Richard's search, though, is also the more universal one for a meaning that will validate and give purpose to his existence. -- Publisher description.

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