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NED KELLY THEME

nedWe each read a book on Ned Kelly and then talked about whether we thought he was a psychopath, a disadvantaged youth, a political activist, or all of the above, as generations of australians have before us.

If you have any interest in Ned  ironoutlaw is the place to visit. It reviews every book there is about ned, fiction, non-fiction and everything else, and gives them a rating of 1 to 5 Neds. peter carey’s booker prize winner for instance, which many book groupers read, gets 4.5 Neds whereas robert drew only gets 1.5. quite a few get 5 Neds including one called ellen, which is a biography of ned’s mum. some of the 5 Ned rated fiction and non fiction are shown below.

The most recent non-fiction ned book is by peter fitzsimons. one book grouper read it and said it was fantastic. she had no problem finishing it, even though it is a real door stopper at 700 pages.

I read the jerilderie letter. It is ned’s own words and he uses a very peculiar style, much like james joyce used 25 years later in ulysses. It is the style imitated by carey in his booker winner. its a great read from an historical, political and psychological perspective.

another book grouper read one on the legal issues. the most interesting aspect being that there was a specific act of parliament passed about ned and his gang. great compliment to gangster you would think.

insearch Ned-Kelly-masson Ellen_Cover_Small Book_WhistleMan Book_TrueHistory Book_InnerHistory Book_FarBeyondTheFalls Book_Australian_Son_Newned by fitzjerilderie

The Wild Colonial Boy‘ is a traditional australian bush song from the bushranger era. that is the era of australian history to which ned belonged, and of which ned is the  most legendary character. The song was rearranged as below specially for our bookgroup event on ned, which was held in glebe.
There was a wild glebe island girl

Zell Barker was her name

A poor but honest poodle
Found abandoned in a lane
She was her fathers great despair
her mothers pride and joy
And dearly did her parents love

That wild glebe island girl

So come away me hearties
And let our minds run free
Together we will eat
And together we will drink
We’ll read in every valley
we’ll talk all or’er the plains,
And scorn to live in slavery,
Bound down by iron chains.

a philosopher of note

Zell never shirked a choice

in every controversy known
she always had a voice
She called upon the book group
To come and take a stand
To decide upon Ned Kelly
and leave uncertainty alone
So come away me hearties
And let our minds run free
Together we will eat
And together we will drink
We’ll read in every valley
we’ll talk all or’er the plains,
And scorn to live in slavery,
Bound down by iron chains.
Let’s read about Ned Kelly
and ask just what it means
to love this murdering Irishman
a psychopath it seems
he may have loved his mother
And been a damn fine poet
But he also loved his violence
This Wild Colonial Boy
So come away me hearties
And let our minds run free
Together we will eat
And together we will drink
We’ll read in every valley
we’ll talk all or’er the plains,
And scorn to live in slavery,
Bound down by iron chains.
He was born down in Victoria
 that was his native home,
Accross  Australia’s sunny shores
A bushranger did roam.
he made that iron suit
To escape the government attack
But not even iron it seems could save
That Wild Colonial Boy
So come away me hearties
And let our minds run free
Together we will eat
And together we will drink
We’ll read in every valley
we’ll talk all or’er the plains,
And scorn to live in slavery,
Bound down by iron chains.
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