Jack Thompson - The Campfire Yarns of Henry Lawson

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On this excellent five-track collection celebrated actor Jack Thompson lends his vocal prowess to the visually rich campfire yarns of Australian writer and poet Henry Lawson (17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922).

Lawson conjures a multitude of striking images to bring each of the stories to life.

In The Drover’s Wife, for instance, the harshness of lonely lives spent in an unforgiving environment is reflected in the descriptions of the key characters and of the barren landscape they precariously inhabit.

The “cunning” fire-fighting bushwoman is “gaunt” and “sunbrowned” while the children are “ragged” and “dried-up-looking” as they navigate a world in which there is “Nothing to relieve the eye save the darker green of a few she-oaks which are sighing above the narrow, almost waterless creek.”

In this “maddening” world populated by brutish snakes and opportunistic swagmen, love manages to survive and the bonds of family remain strong. Thompson’s dynamic delivery ripples with character and he consistently evokes the emotional heart of each story.

At times, he sounds as if he is inside the story: living, breathing and feeling each moment.

As with the other CDs in the “Fine Poets” series Thompson’s masterful narration unlocks classic writing for the modern audience.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 06 June, 2011.

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