Kangaroo

D. H. LAWRENCE (1885 - 1930)

"Kangaroo" is the nickname of a character in this novel, Benjamin Cooley, who was a charismatic leader in the fascist movement of ex-soldiers who fought in the Australian army in WWII. The story's main character is an international journalist, Richard Lovat Somers who, with his wife, comes to rent a house next door to Jack Calcott and his wife who are natural-born Australians through-and-through. Jack is in league with Kangaroo and tries to persuade Lovat to join their political movement conflicting with the Socialist political faction in the country. Throughout this book, there is an undercurrent of vaguely defined "Generalized Love" which borders closely on homosexuality between the otherwise testosterone-saturated Australian men. Action-wise: There are riots and gunfights; but there are also moments of great tenderness of the men for their wives. Both Jack and Lovat dearly want to become "leaders of men", but Lovat backs away when he is recruited to join in an espionage campaign against the Socialists. Another undercurrent which muddies the waters for Lovat is that he is a true British citizen and thus resented by the Australians. (Summary by williamjones)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction

Language: English

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Play 09 5.1 Coo-Ee William Allan Jones
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Play 12 6.1 Kangaroo William Allan Jones
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Play 15 7.1 The Battle Of The Tongues William Allan Jones
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Play 17 8.1 Volcanic Evidence Courtney Miller
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Play 19 9. Harriet and Lovat At Sea in Marriage acousticwave
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Play 22 11.1 Willie Struthers and Kangaroo William Allan Jones
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Play 24 12.1 The Nightmare Courtney Miller
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Play 28 13 “Revenge!” Timotheus Cries Scarbo
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Play 29 14.1 Bits Murphy8104
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Play 31 15. Jack Slaps Back Courtney Miller
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Play 32 16.1 A Row In Town Murphy8104
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Play 35 17.1 Kangaroo Is Killed William Allan Jones
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Play 37 18.1 Adieu Australia KevinS
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