The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes is a history of the birth of Australia out of the suffering and brutality of Britain's convict transportation system. It also addresses the historical, political and sociological reasons that led to British settlement. It was first published in 1986. Hughes was a native of Australia who became a well-known art critic, living in Europe and then New York, where he became art critic for Time magazine.
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This album has an average beat per minute of 106 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 79/142 BPM). See the BPM profile of this album. Tracklist - The Fatal Shore.
The Fatal Shore is not a novel, but it consistently evokes times, places and situations that make me want to read (or even write!) fiction set in early colonial Australia. He has a fine eye for detail, and uses primary sources to great advantage. I find that biography and history sometimes struggle with the constant transition between covering broad trends and including enough specific detail to keep things interesting, but Hughes has the technique down. Although The Pogues used the phrase for an album title, the term Rum, Sodomy & the Lash is actually from an abbreviated quote by Winston Churchill while describing British Naval tradition. It also fits well with the founding of Australia although it could also include ‘deprivation, misery, cruelty and ignorance’.
Fatal Shore - I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine 03:52. Fatal Shore - Is That You My Lover? 03:44. Fatal Shore - My Death 04:55. Fatal Shore - Preachin' Blues 07:10. Fatal Shore - Who's Been Talking 02:53. Fatal Shore - Town Called Misery 08:20. Fatal Shore - The Snake Song 06:20. Fatal Shore - Where Are You My Lover? 06:41. Fatal Shore - Morning Dew 05:38. Fatal Shore - We Had An Island 03:21. Real World - Fatal Shore. Bird On A Wire - Fatal Shore. Free Fall - Fatal Shore. Setting the Sails for El Dorado - Fatal Shore.
|Wild Is The Wind||4:26|
|City Of Dreams||6:55|
|I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine||3:49|
|Is That You My Lover?||3:40|
|Who's Been Talking||2:51|
|Town Called Misery||8:51|
|The Snake Song||6:17|
|Where Are You My Lover?||6:38|
|We Had An Island||3:17|
|R-0013||The Fatal Shore*||The Fatal Shore (CD, Album)||Rachot Behémót||R-0013||Czech Republic||1997|
|PLUS 20||The Fatal Shore*||The Fatal Shore (CD, Album, RE)||Moloko+||PLUS 20||Germany||1999|