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Ore the inspiration for the Bony characterWhy was King Henry an aborigine from Western Australia killed during a thunderstorm in New South Wales Bony investigates in a historical Australia I think the important thing to remember when starting this book is that it was written in 1929 when outlooks and attitudes were different There is racism throughout It isn t mean racism it s seen as a way of life by both sidesbut it is there and obvious to us today Despite that Bony the detective has an aboriginal mother and a white father He sits between the whites and the aboriginals He s treated with respect and as an eual on both sides It may be that the author is a progressive man for his time and saying that we re all eual I liked Bony His character will entice me to look into the next of the series The characters in this book are solid real and enjoyable They ive a Taken By the Sheriff the Deputy Too! good idea of Australian back bush life in the 1920s They areood people trying their best in their world The descriptions of the Australian landscape are wonderful I could picture the land and see the characters move through itThis book is very Australian and reading it is at first a bit confusingmany collouial words throughout But these are soon sorted out and Kentucky Grandmothers give a flavour to the story that would have been sorely missed if they weren t there there s alossary at the back since I read the ebook I didn t realize this until I reached the endthen I laughedThe mystery is intriguing and one knows the ending before the end but there s a twist so I d say that if you read a mystery for the mystery itself this may be a light story for you I would say that this is a cozy historical mystery with solid enjoyable characters scenery Bony seems to be the Hercule Poirot of Australia He s entertaining smart and dedicated I enjoyed this light entertaining story I leave Barrakee less vain less sure of myself a better man than when I came This reflective sentiment is spoken by our protagonist who is supremely confident in himself and is recognized for his brilliance but is still learning At the heart of Upfield s mystery series is the essential dignity and decency of Bony the half Aboriginal detective who makes his first appearance in this novel The characters are vibrant and memorable as they people the Australian outback of almost century ago Be warned that there are tragic prejudices here but they are brought out to whither in the light of published material To consider prejudice is to condemn it and Upfield was a trailblazer in this regard Words and plot flow for Upfield a story teller for the ages This is the second time I have read The Barrakee Mystery I Štěky Broka Špindíry gave it four stars after the first read a few years before I joined Goodreads but I have dropped it down to three after this one While the story isripping and the characters solid and entertaining the racism is outrageous I do acknowledge the book reflects the period of time in which it was written And Upfield does make it frustratingly difficult for the modern reader to pigeonhole where he stands on issues of race On the one hand his hero Bony is a half caste Aborigine and a highly successful and intelligent detective And there is a The Blackmailed Secretary glimpse of Upfield s attitude towards their treatment when Bony drops a comment about theenocide of one particular tribe describing it as unhappily wiped out by you If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, gentle white people On the other hand most of the characters see noreat crime in the murder of an Aboriginal man and the segregation between white and black is taken for ranted Additionally a common theme in the Bony books is the idea that no matter how civilised an Aborigine appears he will always revert back to the wild ways of the bush It s something that we see Bony freue. Tective takes him to a sheep station in the Darling River bush country where he encounters those problems he understands so well mixed blood and divided loyaltie.
G of one Ralph Thornton to his parents Ralph has been away at college and it s been some time since he s been home Waiting there for him is his mother who all and sundry call the little lady his father John and his cousin Katie But right away the reader knows all is not perfect and that Dad wants mom to tell Ralph about his parentageit seems that Ralph is not really the little lady s child but that of the cook whom the Thorntons adopted on the cook s death bed Add into the mix a strange man who oes up and down the river looking for information on a certain person a murder and other strange events and you pretty much have a long mystery to untangle And here we meet Bony who is assigned to the case who does not want to be known as a policeman but as a detectiveI absolutely LOVE these books and am Decadent (Wicked Lovers going about collecting older copies as I can afford them I would recommend that you start with this one my first Upfield was Mr Jelly s business and I had no clue who Bony was so decided to start over from the beginning The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W Upfield is the first book in the Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte mystery series When King Henry an aboriginal is killed Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte also known as Boney and a half caste aboriginal is sent to investigate I read these books 40 years ago and loved them and I used to love the television deries based on the books Itives us a picture of the Australian outback back in the 1920s It was fascinating to read of some of the tracking methods and how Bony can read a scene even by determining where a suspect had travelled by finding and ant carrying a rain of sugar An interesting reread although a bit dated now Well the Australian setting is interesting anyway This was published in 1929 and features a detective inspector of the ueensland police force who is half white half Aboriginal Author Tony Hillerman cited this series as the inspiration for his Joe LeaphornJim Chee books so I m assuming that it improves after this rocky startI didn t like the beginning then I warmed up to it in the middle and then the ending was absurdThe mystery concerns the killing of an Aboriginal man by a white man a crime which the white citizens hardly feel is worth pursuing Even the mixed race detective Bony is interested in solving the puzzle than in justiceThe whole book has the casual racism you d expect in this type of novel from this era but it oes off the rails at the end Rather surprisingly for a book featuring a mixed race protagonist much of the plot involves the horror of mixing the races view spoilerBy the end we have a character in his 20 s who was raised as a white man who doesn t know he is mixed race whose change in behavior such as an attraction to a black Intermix Nation girl and arowing love of colour in his clothes is entirely explained by a rapid reversion to his ancestral blackness His previously white skin even begins to turn black hide spoiler Author Arthur W Upfield was born in Gosport Hampshire England on September 1 1890 He moved to Australia and adopted it as his homeland He is best known for his series of books featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bony Bonaparte of the ueensland State Police He died on February 13 1964 The Lure of the Bush by Arthur W Upfield was First published in 1929 by Hutchinson London as The Barrakee Mystery this is the first of the Upfield books to feature the half cast aborigine detective Napoleon BonaparteThis is the Doubleday Co Crime Club edition published in New York in 1965 This edition includes a new Introduction for the American market containing an account of Upfield s meeting with a half caste aborigine named Tracker Leon a man of high intelligence and some education combined with surpassing bush Er nineteen long years had passed Who was the woman who saw the murder and kept silent This first story of Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte the half aborigine de.
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If you are easily offended by reading something which includes the prejudices of the time this is not the book for you This is a first novel of a series Written in 1929 it does reflect the thinking about the Aboriginal people by the White population in Australia It was a little surprising as the MC is a half caste man which seems like a progressive choice for the author For the most part I could just De-cluttering Your Closet glance move onbut there were 1 or 2 lines that did stop me in my tracksI enjoyed the storyline the characters and the picture of Australian ranching life that is presented I figured out one of the secrets fairly early on which was the motive for the murder of an Aborigine but loved the character of Napoleon Bonaparte aka Bony so much that it was worth sticking with it to see how everything unfolds Bony is a brilliant but little known bush detective that is brought in by law enforcement to solve the murder of King Henry on the large ranch of Barrakee The dynamics of the family and many of the employees is soon on display and makes for an enjoyable read I will probably read of this series The Barrakee Mystery 1929 is the first book in the Inspector Napoleon Bony Bonaparte mysteries by Arthur W Upfield Even though this is Bony s first recorded case the half caste detective already has a formidable reputation he has never left a case unsolved When King Henry an aborigine from Western Australia is found dead at Barrakee Station land belonging to John Thornton a prominent sheep rancher Bony is sent to investigate because it is thought that the motives if any may rest in the aboriginal community What might have been an accident in the tremendous thunderstorm is soon proved by Bony to have been deliberate murder a murder using that most Australian of instruments a boomerang He will have to use all of his detective abilities to discover why King Henry was on Thornton s land and who had a reason to kill himUpfield s novels are always enjoyable He provides motives for murder that are uniuely Australian as well as introducing readers to Australian life and environs of the early 20th Century The stories are peopled with memorable characters representing a time and place far removed from my own and he vividly portrays their concerns of the time We may not agree with some of their concerns particularly when it involves race relations but we can t say that Upfield tries to hide anything Except maybe the murderer But then that s his job And he does it well in this debut novel I did not spot the murderer and was satisfactorily surprised in the wrap upComplete review posted on my blog My Reader s Block Gripping story and excellent portrayal of life in the Australian outback Be warned however racism is rampant This book is really very difficult to rate with a number because it was written in another time another place and I think in today s world people would frown on the out and out blatant racism that runs through the pages of this book However that being said if you put this book in its proper perspective and realize that it was first written in 1929 then the racism becomes part of the world at the time Once you canet past that there s some strange ideas at work in Arthur Upfield s head But hey I want to focus only on the story itself and that one was fair to middling the first in a series introducing the half aboriginalhalf white Napoleon Bonaparte detective who oes by the name of Bony Bony s strength lies in the fact that he knows the land he knows the psychology of the aboriginals and he has never been defeated in any case he s worked on What is really very cool about this book is that the Australian outback is a character unto itselfIn this book the story begins with the homecomin. Why was the redoubtable King Henry an aborigine from Western Australia killed during a thunderstorm in New South Wales What was the feud that led to murder aft.
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Aka Arthur UpfieldArthur William Upfield 1 September 1890 – 13 February 1964 was an Australian writer best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte 'Bony' of the ueensland Police Force a half caste AborigineBorn in England Upfield moved to Australia in 1910 and fought with the Australian military during the First World War Following his wa