The Lieutenant

The Lieutenant Novel based on real life character William Dawes a lieutenant in the Royal Marines on the First Fleet who arrived in New South Wales in

  • Title: The Lieutenant
  • Author: Kate Grenville
  • ISBN: 9781921351785
  • Page: 233
  • Format: hardback
  • Novel based on real life character William Dawes, a lieutenant in the Royal Marines on the First Fleet who arrived in New South Wales in 1788.

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    1. Kate Grenville is one of Australia s best known authors She s published eight books of fiction and four books about the writing process Her best known works are the international best seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian s Story details about all Kate Grenville s books are elsewhere on this site Her novels have won many awards both in Australia and the UK, several have been made into major feature films, and all have been translated into European and Asian languages.

    2. In this novel, Kate Grenville returns to the time and place which inspired her in The Secret River: the early days of the British colony in New South Wales. This time her central character, Daniel Rooke, is based on Lieutenant William Dawes, the First Fleet’s astronomer, who was also a skilled linguist, engineer and surveyor. Grenville portrays Rooke as a brilliant but shy and socially awkward man: a mathematician, musician, linguist and astronomer, who becomes friends with a young girl from t [...]

    3. I expected a dry, factual story. That is what all of the reviews I read seemed to indicate.How wrong this was. It was not dry, but it was not the snappy, fast paced stories that we are all used to reading these days. There was no danger or supprise waiting around every corner. Facts, facts are sometimes dry and slow. An introduction into the word of a young boy and what he saw and how he felt in a world that he did not seem to fit into at all is what I saw and read. It was told as simply as it h [...]

    4. I have read a considerable amount of Australian history over the years and though The Lieutenant is at least part invention, this fictionalised story has had a more powerful effect on me than has reading the more dispassionate histories. I approached ‘The Lieutenant with a sense of foreboding, knowing that its theme of first contacts between English settlers and Aboriginal people in Sydney must deal with cruelty, violence and dispossession.Kate Grenville has managed, however, to write about th [...]

    5. Loved it. I knew it was based on a real story, but I didn't realise it was so closely based that it was really a fictional biography - the real story with the blanks filled in. Only the names were changed to protect, etc. But limiting a review to such an offhand summary would be to sell Grenville short, and she is much too valuable a literary asset to do that. She certainly did more than fill the blanks.She has dramatised a remarkable set of real circumstances - a sensitive young man who comes o [...]

    6. Kate Grenville's latest book tells the story of Daniel Rooke, an astronomer with the First Fleet sent from England to bring convicts to Botany Bay and his interaction with the aboriginal people, and in particular with a young girl called Tagaran. It's based on the historical account of William Dawes, lieutenant and astronomer with that first expedition who had a similar friendship with a young aboriginal girl.The character of Daniel Rooke is powerfully conceived and his story is immensely human [...]

    7. This is about the opening up of the convict settlements of Australia. It follows the life of a young lieutenant who is actually involved with astronomical studies. He is a good linguist and becomes involved with local aborigines - as the relationship between the English and the Aborigines deteriorates he finds himself unable to please both sides.This is well-written as all Kate Grenville books are and although it is a stand-alone story it continues with the theme of Australian history that she h [...]

    8. Kate Grenville based her novel on the life of a real Marine officer, William Dawes, who laid the foundation for learning the Aboriginal language - his studies were the most comprehensive at the time, and his notes show the friendly relationship he had with a native girl. Dawes later fought for abolition of slavery in Antigua and died in poverty. Grenville writes this novel about him - as Daniel Rooke - with great affection, and subtlety. This is a beautiful novel - sensitive, learned and heartbr [...]

    9. Not a book I enjoyed. Personally I longed for this to be more of a 'human interest story' about relationships and less of a story, no matter how interesting, about astronomy and Daniel's unravelling of the native language.Sectioned into what was effectively three parts I really struggled with the first part which dealt mainly with Daniel's childhood in England as it felt as if I wasn't reading a story so much as reading a list of notes the author had jotted down to remind herself of where she in [...]

    10. A really lovely, satisfying read. Similar in many ways to The Secret River but, for me, so much better. Although Grenville's writing sometimes seems simplistic due to her very measured way of writing, if you take the time to think about the words and phrases on the page, the depth and beauty of her descriptions of people, places, and the natural world, are achingly poignant. I suppose that's why I don't listen to audiobooks.The timeless message of the book is that to stand by and watch whilst ot [...]

    11. Was ok. Start was slow & boring, it ramped up and got easier to read towards the middle, but nearing the end I got bored again

    12. I love Kate Grenville's writing, and on the whole this book is as enjoyable to read as any other by this author. However, one thing is doing my head in: the names of the characters. The story is based on William Dawes, as the author points out in her note at the end of the book, but is a work of fiction, so I guess this is why the main character is called Rooke, and not Dawes. Unfortunately, there are many easily identified characters in the book who are based on real historical figures, and it [...]

    13. Kate Grenville's The Secret River is one of my all-time favorite books, not only for the plot and the characters, but for Grenville's complete mastery over the English language. She knows how to wield it and wind it and make it magical. Part of the excitement of opening a new book, for me, is in the hope of discovering an author like Grenville, who can take my breath away with her writing.The Lieutenant centers around the same theme as The Secret River- the colonization of Australia by the Briti [...]

    14. 3.5 stars.I enjoyed this novel quite a lot.The main character was interesting to learn about and his interactions with the Indigenous tribe there was fascinating.The plot was pretty placid and not a lot happened as it focused a lot on the main character himself and his relationships.I loved this take on history and the characters within Grenville's novels so far seem to be complex which I also really liked as well.I recommend this one as well if you're interested in Australian history.

    15. Sometimes when you are required to read a novel, it's appeal is never quite the same compared to if you opt to do so by choice. Pleasingly this was not my experience in tackling Kate Grenville's 'The Lieutenant'. Daniel Rooke is an intriguing protagonist that we first meet as a five year old boy in 1767 and whom we last see in his final years in Antigua in 1836. Much of the focus centres on his experiences between 5 and 30 as both a young boy and young man. While we journey with him as he moves [...]

    16. Fitting book to have read at the start of a new year. Fictionalised account loosely based on true story. Having read Watkin Tench’s account of life in the first settlement and story of William Dawes, I could see the similarities. This was my first audiobook and in a way, glad I stuck with it because I don’t know if I would have finished it if I had read it. However it’s a book that makes you think long and hard about people and situations that start to make you question the status quo, loo [...]

    17. A work of fiction but based on accounts and note books of real life William Dawes who was an astronomer on the first fleet and had a friendship with a young Aboriginal girl.We hear so many dark and awful true stories about white settlement in Australia, the arrogance and disrespect shown by white to black that it's nice to read an historical account that tells a different story.This book is not without it's dark moments but it was a revelation to me to read about a man that was eager to learn ab [...]

    18. 4.5/5* I loved this book so much! I loved the character of Daniel Rooke, and it was interesting to read in the authors notes that he was inspired by William Dawes, who I am now keen to read more about. The progression of Dan as he began to find his place in NSW and establish friendships with the "natives" was just so heartwarming, and I was heartbroken for him when he was ordered to go on that trip (without giving away spoilers, his response was so fitting to his character it made me love him ev [...]

    19. This was very slow going. Tagaran and Daniel’s relationship was kinda uncomfortable. Especially when she was wet and naked and he puts a blanket on her. But I suppose it was something different, certainly not my preferred type of book.

    20. Beautifully written story of astronomer-soldier Daniel Rooke in early days of European settlement Sydney Cove. Set 40 years before The Secret River? Putuwa: to warm one's hands by the fire and then to squeeze gently the fingers of another person.

    21. A deceptively simple read - at times while reading I wanted more depth and character development, but the author's notes clarify that it is based on historical documents and viewed in that light it is actually very cleverly put together.In a similar vein to The Birdman's Wife it tells the story of an ordinary yet extraordinary person and provides a snapshot of Australian history that would otherwise be mostly unknown.Worth a read.

    22. Not really my sort of book, but as it was on my bookshelf I thought I had better read it. Quite enjoyable if a bit slow going.

    23. Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind 15/01/2016:When I first finished this book, I gave it four stars, because I wasn’t quite sure that I liked it enough to give it a full five. But since I was still very much thinking about it the next day, and found myself poring over the digitised versions of William Dawes’ notebooks (William Dawes being the real life lieutenant from whose life and work Kate Grenville took inspiration for this book), as well as still smiling and slightl [...]

    24. A Universe of ImpossibilityKate Grenville has a genius for placing her readers at the heart of a moral dilemma and making us feel it as though it were our own. Unbearably, it is a context whose outcome we already know, where good decisions are virtually impossible; even the most sympathetic characters will be forced by the tide of history to make, or at least condone, decisions that they feel to be morally wrong. In her magnificent previous novel, The Secret River, Grenville fictionalized the li [...]

    25. This is an absolutely gorgeous book; a sensitive and very personal account of friendship, integrity, duty and understanding. It is a heartwarming tale of humanity, and of a man with an uncompromising moral compass, surrounded by brutality. Based on the historical records of William Dawes, The Lieutenant recounts the story of Daniel Rooke, an astronomer who travelled with the First Fleet, and was the first man to create a written record the language of the Cadigal people. We meet Daniel Rooke in [...]

    26. In late 18th century England, Daniel Rooke is a marine lieutenant who reluctantly goes to war for the Crown in the American Revolution. He was always a square peg, bullied by other boys in his youth. A generally solitary person, he studies math and music and gazes at the stars. His true calling is astronomy and linguistics, not fighting. Physically toughened by the violence he witnesses in the war, he continues to remain an outsider to the status quo. He seeks knowledge, unity, and connectedness [...]

    27. Written in faultless prose, Kate Grenville's The Lieutenant takes us into the journey of one soul, Daniel Rooke, a mathematical and musical genius. He is also an astronomer of no mean talent. Unfortunately, jobs as an astronomer were mighty scarce in 18th century England. Because the American colonies were rebelling, however, there were jobs in the Royal Navy. Thus, this solitary genius became a military officer. I found myself thinking that had he been 18 in 1967, he would have been demonstrati [...]

    28. What a fantastic book weaving Australian history into a gripping novel. I quickly read The Secret River before this book, as I was told it was the better novel. I, however, loved the Lieutenant.I came to love it even more when I found out that Rooke (the main character) was actully modelled after a real person Lt. William Dawes, a British marine. As someone in my book club said he was obviously a man intelligent and empathetic way before his time.Rooke is an outsider, an awkward child genius who [...]

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