The Campbell Odyssey
Bruce Cooke’s “Campbell Odyssey” is a touching story about two very different people who met and fall in love in the early Australia era. At the heart of The Campbell Odyssey is a love story of Elizabeth and Rory. Elizabeth loves her family so much that she sacrifices her wants for her family’s happiness, moves to Australia and agrees to marry a much older man. Rory, on the other hand, returns to Australia to relieve the shame he has brought to his family because of his debonair and rakish lifestyle.
Elizabeth and Rory were enemies at first. It took a boating accident that put Elizabeth, her husband, and Rory in mortal danger. It is during this scene that Rory learns about the importance of responsibility and Elizabeth starts to cares about him. Although the love between Elizabeth and Rory is deep, Elizabeth remains loyal to her husband and Rory has no choice but to leave her.
At this point Susan, a dignified convict woman who is falsely accused of stealing a brooch, enters the picture as she is being transported to Australia. Susan is the face of era in which injustice often befalls convict people and lower class people. Bruce Cooke did an excellent job exploring the lives of the people who have been sent to Australia around the 19th century, and doesn’t shy away from the lives of convicts, the women who prostitute themselves and men who become thieves.
The Campbell Odyssey is a wonderful story about the inspirational life-changing journey of Rory Campbell. This story shows how Rory changed from a careless young rake into a mature and empathetic man who discovers Australia’s sheep industry. The Campbell Odyssey is a magnificent story which successfully describes a dark era of 19th century. It is very well researched and full of accurate facts.