And now I am alone

eBook (PDF), 147 Pages
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Ficitonalised true story of the escape from a remote and brutal Tasmanian penal colony by eight convicts, including Alexander Pearce, and their desperate flight and descent into cannibalism.
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  • By Tim O'Neill
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Atmospheric and gritty stuff" The story of Alexander Pearce is part of Tasmanian folklore and, as a former resident of the island state, I became slightly obsessed with this grisly tale of desperate escape and cannibalism in the remote and rugged south-west wilderness. Closs' novel is tightly and quite lyrically written, with evocative descriptions of the region in all its beauty and harshness. I'd be surprised if the author doesn't have at least some first-hand experience of trekking in this very tough region, but if he hasn't then he's managed to capture the landscape (and the cold and rain!) perfectly. A potential reader could be forgiven for thinking a novel about cannibalism would be unduly gruesome or, worse, voyeuristic. Closs handles this difficult material well; setting the psychological background to each of the killings deftly without dwelling on the violence or the horror. If there are any truly disturbing scenes in the book they are the scenes of flogging at... More > Macquarie Harbour. I've been to Sarah Island and it's a grim and forbidding place even now. The descriptions of the brutality of the system that turned Pearce into a monster make what could be a highly unsympathetic protagonist more understandable. Closs seems to stick closely to the history as well as the geography, drawing (I'd guess) on Dan Sprod and Paul Collins' excellent histories of the Pearce case. My only criticism would be of the proof-reading, as many of the chapter section headings have ended up floating at the bottom of the page. Still, as someone who is wrestling with the formatting of my own novel with a view to publication, I can understand how this can be an issue for a self-publishing author. And excellent Aussie novel about some remarkable events. Fine work.< Less
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Lyle Closs
October 1, 2011
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