The Lieutenant (Compact Disc)

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The USA was settled by white Europeans who displaced an indigenous population, same is true for Australia.  The Lieutenant delves into what it was like for those early convict ships taking the English prisoners to far off Australia.  Lieutenant Daniel Rooke, an astronomer, stands in this fictional account for the real Lieutenant William Dawes.  Rooke is Second Lieutenant on the Resolution, a ship carrying marines to govern New South Wales, he is to navigate and document a comet.  On arrival Rooke becomes interested in the aborigines, going so far as to learn their language and establish a meaningful friendship.  In this he is an outlier, his fellow soldiers and the convict settlers relate to the aborigines differently, their treatment often brutal.  This interesting historical novel shows the harsh displacement of indigenous people and the effect of this experience on one man who strives to make a difference.

— Deon Stonehouse

September 2009 Indie Next List

“Kate Grenville brings alive the rigors of life in the newly established penal colony in Sydney Harbor and the thrill and excitement of the first exchange of information across two unintelligible languages. The first encounters of two cultures are told from the unique perspective of a gentle mathematician, who begins to empathize with the native tribes, to the lasting detriment of his military and scientific career.”
— Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT

Product Details
ISBN: 9781742140582
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Publication Date: February 1st, 2010