Such Is Life
by Joseph Furphy
Angus and Robertson, 1986, ISBN 0207154767, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, age toned pages, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear (see photographs)
“Meet the real Aussies of the 1880s… the bullockies, swagmen, squatters, and “foreigners” who eked their existence form a harsh, begrudging land. Purporting to be the diary of one Tom Collins (who was a mythical figure to whom were attributed the tall stories and wild rumours of the outback) and based on Furphy’s own experiences in the “adventurous and profane occupation” of a bullock-driver, Such is Life is more like a great slab of Australian earth than a novel in the usual sense of the term.
No other book, unless perhaps the total Henry Lawson’s short stories, so richly captures the spirit of its place and period; teamsters, drovers, squatters, swagmen, immigrants, remittance men and other legendary characters of the outback, with their philosophy, their humour and their adventures.”