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The Fortunes of Richard Mahony: Australia Felix (original 1917; edition 1975)

by Henry Handel Richardson

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Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson (1917)

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The title is Latin for "fortunate Australia" or "happy Australia" ( )
  Wmt477 | Nov 14, 2008 |
Part of a trilogy (also "The way home" and "Ultima Thule") this series of books tells the story of Richard Mahony, a doctor who travels from England to live in Australia in the late 1800s. Australians who know their history will recognise the themes in this book. Through the story of one person over his lifetime, the author tells the story of colonial Australia - fortunes were made and lost in gold and speculation - as were dreams of a new life in a new land. Settlers were caught between their idealised memories of their home country and the opportunities as well as drudgery in their new home. Many new settlers found the landscape and society alien, it seemed to work against them. Those who wished all the time for Australia to be more like the old country were disappointed and failed to establish themselves. Often, those who were successful saw the opportunity to create a new life and cast off old social structures. The trilogy is epic and although we sometimes pity Mahony and wish he made different choices in our 21st century hindisght, we can sympathise with him and the other characters who built this country. I was not expecting to enjoy this series so much but having done so, I was surprised that these books weren't more well known and valued as they should be. ( )
  Blaise | Oct 30, 2006 |
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Published in 1917, this was the first volume in Richardson's trilogy, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony . Dr. Richard Townshend-Mahony a character based on Richardson's father has come to Australia in search of gold, but finds instead love, marriage, and disillusionment.… (more)

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