On February 27, 1902, in the waning days of the second Boer War in Africa, Harry "the Breaker" Morant, an Australian soldier, was convicted and executed on the grounds that he murdered a German missionary and several Boer prisoners. How, then, did he become an Australian folk hero?
The ponderous, convicting voice of Terrence Donovan relates a novelized account of Morant’s life in The Breaker, written in 1972 by Kit Denton. In swift accounts of action and imagined accounts of Morant as balladeer and poet, The Breaker poses the central question: Was Morant guilty of his crimes? Whether you believe he is innocent or guilty, this audiobook - performed by a master - will take you deep into the blood and sweat of a war that has passed.
Breaker Morant was executed at Pietersburg on 27 February 1902. His crime? Wilful murder of civilians. Yet to this day his guilt remains in doubt. Kit Denton's novel, The Breaker, does more than recount the facts and mystery surrounding Morant's death sentence. Full of action and set in three continents, it covers the entire range of the Breaker's activities. We see him as a champion horseman, a likeable larrikin, a popular balladist. We see him in love and in war. Then we see him face the firing squad that will end his life. Was he a cold-blooded killer or a scapegoat?
Nicely written but does not ring true. All the characters are just that, characterisations of people who are no better than a 13 year olds view of heros and villains.
Harry Morant can do no wrong but is human enough to be a little bit of a rogue. The play is almost opposite in making characters too rough and forceful. The movie with Edward Woodward is perhaps closer to the truth, but what the truth is no one can really say. Records of the case seem to have been destroyed during the blitz. The British are not keen to dig up the past and some in South Africa see Harry Morant as a war criminal.
There is no doubt that expediency and abnormalities in the court case are evident but a good mystery needs gaps that can not be answered and this is what makes the Breaker case of killing Boer prisons and a German national so captivating.
Terence Donovan who I believe played the Breaker in the play, narrates this production very well and if you are not fussed with facts or lack of them and don't mind your characters being 'boys own adventure types' then this book is worth a listen to.
This was a great Book. I had seen the Movie and the Book was even better. I like the fact that it was a true story. I try to listen to nothing but true stories, and this one was truely a great on. I would recommend this Book over and over again.