Australian Tragic ePUB Þ Ebook

Australian Tragic ePUB Þ Ebook

Australian Tragic [Ebook] ➨ Australian Tragic By Jack Marx – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A compelling collection of tales from Australia's dark heart of catastrophe and misfortune intrigue and passion betrayal and tragedyAUSTRALIAN TRAGIC ranges across our past and our present the heartbr A compelling collection of tales from Australia's dark heart of catastrophe and misfortune intrigue and passion betrayal and tragedyAustralian Tragic ranges across our past and our present the heartbreaking story of the fire at Luna Park; the unstoppable opportunist who snatched innocent men and women from Palm Island to be part of P T Barnum's 'Greatest Show on Earth'; a world class boxer who lost his battle with alcohol and ended up in an unmarked American grave; a man who heroically survived a war to find himself crushed and defeated by events much closer to home; and a new story of an echo from Ned Kelly at Stringybark Creek in our own time Heartbreaking and shocking gothic and weird these fascinating stories are all true and told to remind us of the Australia we don't know the one that simmers with love and hate of hopes raised and futures dashed unheralded and unnoticed until now.


10 thoughts on “Australian Tragic

  1. Benito Benito says:

    While at first this took a little time to take hold of me about halfway through something happened and I became gripped by these poor victims of pathos and warm tales of bathos Of particular mention are the stories of the bush doctor who performed miracles with monkey glands only to have his research lost to a funeral pyre and the anger inducing anecdotes of injustice to simple warm hearted working folk and felines through nothing but cold greed or apathy These are tales that will haunt me as they obviously did Marx when he wasn't fearing alien abduction that is you'll have to read the book Eually fascinating is the fresh angle Marx gives to familiar tragedies such as Steve Irwin as a study in media back flipping that would make Rupert Murdoch look idealistic Martin Bryant through the eyes of his father's conundrum and Micheal Hutchence as he would be considered had he not pranced around impersonating Jim Morrison in front of some fortunate synth players but rather just been some bloke in the corner of the local beer garden By the end I put Australian Tragic on a par with what I consider Marx's masterpiece Sorry The Wretched Tale of Little Stevie Wright wwwgoodreadscombookshow4450564S Buy it for someone for Honika or Christmas then borrow it back before you leave Or like me just knick it from Tug Dumbly's kitchen when he's pissed BDF


  2. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    Wow I did not want to finish this book It was so intriguing and I found myself so tangled with the sad stories from Australia's dark past that I could have gone on reading foreverThere was new information just as I suspected but I did not expect to be drawn into familiar retelling of stories I had already known The one that seemed to fall particularly into this category was Steve Irwin I had not realized the media had been so vicious about his character and actions and then back flipped so much after his death But it wasn't just these stories but those of the Mertz Art Collection the bushfire the outbreak of Spanish flu among soldiers who never saw war This book reminded me why I love my country the darkness always there with the light It is an excellent book for uncovering some of history's truths and what ifs and a definite five star book Highly recommended


  3. Megan Megan says:

    This non fiction book surrounding the lesser known tales of Australian history was fascinating and well researched but overall fell a bit flat for me I found the introduction the best part as Marx humourously and rather savagely critiues the way history is created and taught particularly in the Australian context The stories focussed on were gleaned from newspaper reports and expanded some well known others not so much However there was no tangential links between them or any explanation as to how they were ordered in the book they were simply chosen due to the fact that the crux of the story was interesting to the author which does frustrate me a little It is a uick and easy read my edition was large print but the structuring of the book let it down So 35 stars


  4. Cherie Cherie says:

    An interesting book of weird tales from Australian history Some tales I had heard of some I knew nothing of and some were about very familiar people but I side I didn't know While it was all interesting a lot of the information gathered for the stories were from newspaper articles books people etc so the credibility of the facts may be slightly tarnished Still it was a good read


  5. Troydooley Troydooley says:

    I loved this book Covering a vast array of social issues some mainstream and contemporary like the plight of immigrants to Australia and some reinterpreting some little known history this book is accessible and educational for anyone whether they be a historian or an everyday person Great read


  6. Angela Angela says:

    Was an interesting read especially when delving into some of the stories of our history Loved the fact that they didn't always reveal who they were talking about until the end ofthe story especially if they were writing about someone famous Overall a great read


  7. Aimee Massey Aimee Massey says:

    I love true crime and I cannot lie I also love collections of true crime And I cannot lie about that eitherThis collection is not exclusively true crime but the bulk of it is There is something for just about everybody all of it leaning strongly toward the macabreThere are some flashes of humor as with the section on Steve Irwin which provides a scathing study of how uickly Irwin went from being a mildly irritating rather stereotyped celebrity in the minds of his own countrymen to a virtual pariah and laughingstock due to his baby dangling incident and general theatrics involving dangerous animals to some kind of beloved folk hero upon his unexpected death by stingrayThere's also the tragicomic tale of marcus a rich young playboy who set out to become Australia's newest rock star despite having no talent whatsoever for singing or performingAnd then there are the truly tragic stories They include an analysis of the mental problems of Michael Hutchence though Marx refers to him as Mr River; he apparently did this in order for the reader to get a picture of the man without any preconceived notions but his identity becomes obvious by the end of the piece Then there's the harrowing account of a family's encounter with a bushfire in the 1930's which in light of the current wildfire situation in the western US is especially timely and chillingThe one thing I didn't care for in this collection is the fact that it was so Aussie centric By which I mean Marx often makes reference to people or events that few non Australians would know about making it necessary to do some Googling in order to appreciate what he is trying to say This is not really a fault by itself until the book becomes available outside of Oz so despite the assumption that the reader already knows about Luna Park or the Battle of Gallipoli for instance I found the book very informative and entertaining


  8. Tricia Tricia says:

    I was disappointed in this book I think that was because it was not what I expected Based on the title and the back of the book I thought I was going to be getting a detailed account about some of Australia's greatest tragedies ie some of the causes of the tragedy and the aftermath Instead the stories in the book were of a casual read about some little known Australian stories Although they were interesting some of them were not what I would call tragic in some nobody died It is not a bad book If you are after a collection of interesting stories for a Sunday afternoon read this would be a good book If you are after a detailed account of Australian tragedies a different book might be a better option


  9. David Vernon David Vernon says:

    This is a strange book It contains an odd mixture of well known and poorly known historical Australian tales Some of them I found most gripping and I dashed off to do additional research myself on what really happened while others were obscure and plain dull There was an assumption from Marx that the reader knew who he was writing about in some of the stories and yet he failed to enlighten the reader about what they just read Eg Goodbye Mr River Marx also commenced each chapter with a very peculiar introductory page which rambled about the setting in which the story was being told some of it relevant but a lot not If you can get over these eccentricities then some of the stories are a good read


  10. Sarah Jackson Sarah Jackson says:

    Australian Tragic by Jack Marx offers an interesting collection of short non fiction tales describing the many rarely heard and often deeply sad stories of Australian's who have met an untimely death or survived a series of misfortunes Some of the stories concern famous folk and others average Australians The pieces cover examples of extreme tragedy poor luck mental illness and general stupidity It is well research and a very easy read A must for anyone with an interest in the lesser known aspects of Australian cultural history


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10 thoughts on “Australian Tragic

  1. Benito Benito says:

    While at first this took a little time to take hold of me about halfway through something happened and I became gripped by these poor victims of pathos and warm tales of bathos Of particular mention are the stories of the bush doctor who performed miracles with monkey glands only to have his research lost to a funeral pyre and the anger inducing anecdotes of injustice to simple warm hearted working folk and felines through nothing but cold greed or apathy These are tales that will haunt me as they obviously did Marx when he wasn't fearing alien abduction that is you'll have to read the book Eually fascinating is the fresh angle Marx gives to familiar tragedies such as Steve Irwin as a study in media back flipping that would make Rupert Murdoch look idealistic Martin Bryant through the eyes of his father's conundrum and Micheal Hutchence as he would be considered had he not pranced around impersonating Jim Morrison in front of some fortunate synth players but rather just been some bloke in the corner of the local beer garden By the end I put Australian Tragic on a par with what I consider Marx's masterpiece Sorry The Wretched Tale of Little Stevie Wright wwwgoodreadscombookshow4450564S Buy it for someone for Honika or Christmas then borrow it back before you leave Or like me just knick it from Tug Dumbly's kitchen when he's pissed BDF

  2. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    Wow I did not want to finish this book It was so intriguing and I found myself so tangled with the sad stories from Australia's dark past that I could have gone on reading foreverThere was new information just as I suspected but I did not expect to be drawn into familiar retelling of stories I had already known The one that seemed to fall particularly into this category was Steve Irwin I had not realized the media had been so vicious about his character and actions and then back flipped so much after his death But it wasn't just these stories but those of the Mertz Art Collection the bushfire the outbreak of Spanish flu among soldiers who never saw war This book reminded me why I love my country the darkness always there with the light It is an excellent book for uncovering some of history's truths and what ifs and a definite five star book Highly recommended

  3. Megan Megan says:

    This non fiction book surrounding the lesser known tales of Australian history was fascinating and well researched but overall fell a bit flat for me I found the introduction the best part as Marx humourously and rather savagely critiues the way history is created and taught particularly in the Australian context The stories focussed on were gleaned from newspaper reports and expanded some well known others not so much However there was no tangential links between them or any explanation as to how they were ordered in the book they were simply chosen due to the fact that the crux of the story was interesting to the author which does frustrate me a little It is a uick and easy read my edition was large print but the structuring of the book let it down So 35 stars

  4. Cherie Cherie says:

    An interesting book of weird tales from Australian history Some tales I had heard of some I knew nothing of and some were about very familiar people but I side I didn't know While it was all interesting a lot of the information gathered for the stories were from newspaper articles books people etc so the credibility of the facts may be slightly tarnished Still it was a good read

  5. Troydooley Troydooley says:

    I loved this book Covering a vast array of social issues some mainstream and contemporary like the plight of immigrants to Australia and some reinterpreting some little known history this book is accessible and educational for anyone whether they be a historian or an everyday person Great read

  6. Angela Angela says:

    Was an interesting read especially when delving into some of the stories of our history Loved the fact that they didn't always reveal who they were talking about until the end ofthe story especially if they were writing about someone famous Overall a great read

  7. Aimee Massey Aimee Massey says:

    I love true crime and I cannot lie I also love collections of true crime And I cannot lie about that eitherThis collection is not exclusively true crime but the bulk of it is There is something for just about everybody all of it leaning strongly toward the macabreThere are some flashes of humor as with the section on Steve Irwin which provides a scathing study of how uickly Irwin went from being a mildly irritating rather stereotyped celebrity in the minds of his own countrymen to a virtual pariah and laughingstock due to his baby dangling incident and general theatrics involving dangerous animals to some kind of beloved folk hero upon his unexpected death by stingrayThere's also the tragicomic tale of marcus a rich young playboy who set out to become Australia's newest rock star despite having no talent whatsoever for singing or performingAnd then there are the truly tragic stories They include an analysis of the mental problems of Michael Hutchence though Marx refers to him as Mr River; he apparently did this in order for the reader to get a picture of the man without any preconceived notions but his identity becomes obvious by the end of the piece Then there's the harrowing account of a family's encounter with a bushfire in the 1930's which in light of the current wildfire situation in the western US is especially timely and chillingThe one thing I didn't care for in this collection is the fact that it was so Aussie centric By which I mean Marx often makes reference to people or events that few non Australians would know about making it necessary to do some Googling in order to appreciate what he is trying to say This is not really a fault by itself until the book becomes available outside of Oz so despite the assumption that the reader already knows about Luna Park or the Battle of Gallipoli for instance I found the book very informative and entertaining

  8. Tricia Tricia says:

    I was disappointed in this book I think that was because it was not what I expected Based on the title and the back of the book I thought I was going to be getting a detailed account about some of Australia's greatest tragedies ie some of the causes of the tragedy and the aftermath Instead the stories in the book were of a casual read about some little known Australian stories Although they were interesting some of them were not what I would call tragic in some nobody died It is not a bad book If you are after a collection of interesting stories for a Sunday afternoon read this would be a good book If you are after a detailed account of Australian tragedies a different book might be a better option

  9. David Vernon David Vernon says:

    This is a strange book It contains an odd mixture of well known and poorly known historical Australian tales Some of them I found most gripping and I dashed off to do additional research myself on what really happened while others were obscure and plain dull There was an assumption from Marx that the reader knew who he was writing about in some of the stories and yet he failed to enlighten the reader about what they just read Eg Goodbye Mr River Marx also commenced each chapter with a very peculiar introductory page which rambled about the setting in which the story was being told some of it relevant but a lot not If you can get over these eccentricities then some of the stories are a good read

  10. Sarah Jackson Sarah Jackson says:

    Australian Tragic by Jack Marx offers an interesting collection of short non fiction tales describing the many rarely heard and often deeply sad stories of Australian's who have met an untimely death or survived a series of misfortunes Some of the stories concern famous folk and others average Australians The pieces cover examples of extreme tragedy poor luck mental illness and general stupidity It is well research and a very easy read A must for anyone with an interest in the lesser known aspects of Australian cultural history

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