A Peculiar People: The Australians in Paraguay by Gavin Souter

A Peculiar People: The Australians in Paraguay

byGavin Souter

Kobo ebook | September 1, 2012

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In 1893 almost 500 Australians set out by ship to carve a communist utopia from the heart of Paraguay. Led by socialist journalist and activist, William Lane, their aim was to realise the cherished Australian principles of equality and mateship.Expulsions and secessions began early; in mid-1894 Lane himself seceded with a loyal minority and founded Cosme, some forty-five miles south, but two years later the new colony had deteriorated and dwindled. Despite this, the story lives on in legendary proportions to this day and has never been related so fully as in this evocative exposition by Gavin Souter.Souter unravels the history of the New Australia movement, exploring the motivations and motives of its members, its organisation, the conflicts and dissension and the final disillusionment. He suggests a number of factors contributing to the ventures failure, not the least being Lanes contradictory personality.Meticulously researched and based on countless interviews with descendants of the original settlers, A Peculiar People is a work of literary as well as historical value. Winner of the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies award, it brings the fascinating story of idealism, courage and human fallibility to vivid life.The most complete, objective and altogether satisfying account by turns ironic, sardonic, compassionate, frequently evocative and finally haunting. Australian Book ReviewAn excellent book, lively in its narrative and judicious in its interpretations. The AgeSouter ... writes with admirable clarity and can make a story, period and cast of people come alive exciting, absurd and gallant by turns. The Bulletin
Title:A Peculiar People: The Australians in ParaguayFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Xoum PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1922057029

ISBN - 13:9781922057020

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