One

One

Patrick Holland / Dec 12, 2019

One The last bushrangers in Australian history James and Patrick Kenniff were at the height at their horse thieving operation at turn of the th century In One troops cannot pull the Kenniff Gang out

  • Title: One
  • Author: Patrick Holland
  • ISBN: 9781921924965
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • The last bushrangers in Australian history, James and Patrick Kenniff, were at the height at their horse thieving operation at turn of the 20th century In One, troops cannot pull the Kenniff Gang out of the ranges and plains of Western Queensland the brothers know the terrain too well, and the locals are sympathetic to their escapades When a policeman and a station manThe last bushrangers in Australian history, James and Patrick Kenniff, were at the height at their horse thieving operation at turn of the 20th century In One, troops cannot pull the Kenniff Gang out of the ranges and plains of Western Queensland the brothers know the terrain too well, and the locals are sympathetic to their escapades When a policeman and a station manager go out on patrol from tiny Upper Warrego Station and disappear, Sergeant Nixon makes it his mission to pursue the gang, especially, Jim Kenniff, who becomes for him an emblem of the violence that resides in the heart of the country.From the award winning author of The Mary Smokes Boys, One is a novel of minimalist lyrical beauty that traverses the intersections between violence and love It asks what right one man has to impose his will on another, and whether the written law can ever answer the law of the heart

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      • Patrick Holland

        Patrick Holland grew up in outback Queensland, Australia He worked as a stockman until taking up literary studies at Griffith University He has studied Chinese and Vietnamese at universities in Beijing, Qingdao and Saigon.His work attempts a strict minimalism inspired by Arvo P rt and takes up geographical and theological themes, focussing on life s simplest elements light and dark noise, sound and silence wind and water.


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    1. One’ is both a number, and a pronoun. It’s not just the lowest cardinal number, alluding perhaps to ‘one against the world’, it’s also half of two. So it can draw attention to duality in an individual – an alter ego, a second self, a Jekyll and Hyde, or good and evil in the same character. ‘One’ can also focus the mind on the interdependence of two characters, being two sides of the one coin. Among numerous other meanings, ‘one’ can also mean ‘the same’, or ‘identical [...]


    2. A lyrical and haunting tale set in the ranges and plains of western Queensland at the beginning of the 20th century. The dogged pursuit of Australia's last bushrangers has the feel of a western, capturing the schisms within and between men as well as the loves and fears that unite them.


    3. Very good! Who doesn't like a good bushranger tale - and this one is powerful, well researched, beautifully written, strongly evocative of the time and place. I really liked it. And happy to see that he has written a number of books, so I'll be tracking down his back catalogue.


    4. A magnificent, spartan historical novel set in the bush country west and north of Brisbane, Australia. It's the turn of the 20th century and Sergeant Nixon sets out to find and either arrest or kill the bushrangers Paddy and Jim Kenniff. Landscape and memory are as much characters in this novel as any of the people who populate the story. Holland helps the reader feel the lonely, hardscrabble life on this frontier and how it made "the rule of law" far from black and white.Because of the subject [...]


    5. Though it's been out for a few months I'd been slow in getting to this one, as I thought Holland had finally hit subject matter I couldn't get interested in - Australian bushrangers. It took me a page. On the surface of this novel is a deftly handle chase. At the heart is a profound and nuanced ideological battle. But it's at the line level that Holland stands out in Australian literature. Not even Castro or Malouf can be so relied upon to deliver those phrases, sentences, those moments of poetr [...]


    6. At the risk of upsetting the natives, I've not been very enthralled with many Aussie novel writers. To the point of being rather put off, to be honest.So its a real joy to have stumbled across this one. Some great writing that takes the reader along on a wild ride with The Kenniff Brothers, a couple of ruthless bushrangers and the lawmen trying to capture them. With racial tension simmering in the background and a strong sense of the land, Holland gives such depth to the psyches of these two rut [...]


    7. I liked this book. Not in the genre that I normally read. The book had the feel of an American western but purely Australian in content. A lot of the bush ranger stories in Australia can be a bit dull. I found this book to be very enjoyable and contained a lot of historical fact. About the 3/4 way mark it started to get a little slow but then finished well. I found it very interesting how the different nationalities and native Australian people were represented and portrayed at that time in hist [...]


    8. This novel is exquisite. The chase, the violent conflict - physical and moral - at its heart. I'm embarassed to say I've never heard of the Kenniffs, Australia's last bushrangers. But I'll never forget them now. As wonderful as the story and characters are for me, especially the girl, who even without a name impresses herself so forcefully on the story, it's the Australian landscape that is the hero of this novel, so very hard, so very beautiful, burning with gold and vermillion, mysterious in i [...]


    9. Beautifully written story about the hunt for the last bushrangers in Australia. It reminded me very much of The Burial by Courtney Collins, a story about a female bushranger. Quite poignant in its portrayal of the policeman Nixon relentlessly pursuing the outlaws and Jim Kenniff the leader of the gang. Who was in the right? Captures the period and the starkness of the landscape really well.


    10. Relentless, dry, unforgiving and haunting. When the quest is not only the man we follow- but also the man we are. A country on the cusp of change, yet still so entwined with its vast heritage, its differences of the criminal and the lawman, the need for survival, the need to salvage something that got lost. A gem.



    11. Another bushranger story, but Holland masterfully challenges any preconceived ideas the reader may have about the motives of bushrangers and the personality traits of the outlaws and the men who pursue them. A fast-paced story of dastardly deeds in the high country, yet Holland somehow factors in time for the reader to consider and have empathy for both the hunters and the hunted, and the role of women in their lives. Interesting too is the consideration of Nixon the police Constable and his dru [...]


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