For the Term of his Natural Life

For the Term of his Natural Life It follows the story of Rufus Dawes a young man transported for a murder which he did not commit The harsh and inhumane treatment handed out to the convicts some of whom were transported for minor c

It follows the story of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder which he did not commit The harsh and inhumane treatment handed out to the convicts, some of whom were transported for minor crimes, is vividly conveyed The novel was based on research by the author as well as a visit to the penal settlement of Port Arthur.

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About Author

  1. Marcus Andrew Hislop Clarke, known as Marcus Clarke, was born in Kensington, London His mother died when he was just a small child and he was raised by his father, a lawyer.Marcus Clarke moved to Victoria, Australia, where he had an uncle in the provincial town of Ararat, and landed in Melbourne in June 1863 In 1869 Clarke married the actress Marian Dunn and shortly afterwards they started to raise a family of six children He died of pleurisy at the age of thirty five.


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  1. We convicts have the advantage over you gentlemen You are afraid of death we pray for it It is the best thing that can happen to us Die They were going to hang me once I wish they had My God, I wish they had For The Term Of His Natural Life is the best known novel by Australian author, Marcus Clarke It was first published in 1874, although it began as a serialised novel titled His Natural Life, published in the Australian Journal Text Publishing have produced a handsome volume under their Text C [...]

  2. Poignant and tender, Marcus Clarke s novel depicts both the ugliness and resilience of man Its depiction of the harsh realities during early settlement, has ensured its status as an important Australian classic.Accused of a crime he did not commit, Richard Devine an English aristocrat, is sentenced to life imprisonment at the penal colony of Tasmania Taking on a new identity to save his mother grief and shame , the now Rufus Dawes sails to Van Diemen s Land on board a convict ship What he discov [...]

  3. This is the first Australian historical fiction dealing with convicts that I ve read as far as I can remember anyway and I was truly looking forward to it It s a classic written in the late 19th century so I guess it was contemporary fiction when it was first written.Basically, the story follows an intrinsically good man who has a run of bad luck throughout the book for a period of 20 years of his life It is amazing just how much bad luck a person can have and yet despite the harshness of a conv [...]

  4. This book was incredible Fans of The Count of Monte Cristo and Crime and Punishment take note Any fan of the prison novel or prison movie will likely enjoy this book immensely The lead jailer Maurice Frere could easily have been the inspiration for the sadistic wardens of Shawshank Redemption and Cool Hand Luke respectively Brief summary The book surrounds the 19thC Penal Colony of Australia and the various island prisons that were set up there The inhumanity of that experience is exposed full f [...]

  5. It was good fun reading this Aussie Classic with a bunch of mostly American readers in the Yahoo 19th century reading group As I was leading the discussion, I had to start by clearing up some assumptions about this strange land of ours downunder People overseas usually think of Australia as blue skies and sunshine, but for the purposes of this book, the hot and arid landscapes of Australia are irrelevant Our smallest and most southerly island state is nothing like that On the contrary, it s the [...]

  6. Warning This book is not for the faint hearted Marcus Clarke wrote a story that would rightfully take the same place in Australian and British history as Harriet Beecher Stowe s Uncle Tom s Cabin took in that of the United States Most people especially history buffs know that Australia was originally used as a penal colony and a great majority of the original European inhabitants were convicts In Britain deportation was deemed humane and every much as definite and hanging at Tyburn At the start [...]

  7. Glad to see other reviewers mention The Count of Monte Cristo I felt strong influence from that, and from Les Mis no worse for it, but rather an argument for unabashed influence It was also an argument for pulp fiction, because it puts its pulp to great uses A cracking read I pinched that adjective from another review, but it s exactly right This Penguin edition entitles itself just His Natural Life, which restores an original irony It has a confused publishing history, but this, edited by Steph [...]

  8. So apparently I never reviewed this last year Whoops This book is basically the story of a guy who finds out something scandalous about his family, is then falsely accused of murder, convicted, and sent to the colonies He spends the next millionty years of his life being falsely accused of crimes and being punished accordingly Basically, he s Jean Valjean minus the singing and the bread The first part of this story was completely action packed and I loved it The second part featured a lot of Ta [...]

  9. I read this cause it s an Australian classic but it was painful for me to read Very Victorian like Dickens without the humor Still, a vivid picture of convict life that I m sure some people needed to see at the time it was written.

  10. I find this book very powerful and compelling, with well drawn characters and memorable scenes I have to say that it is the first book, which, in my experience, has made me physically sick, with its account of the inhumane flogging meted out to poor Kirkland It is one of those books that have the power to really make you pass through wonderful and terrible emotions, and question what makes a human, weak, strong wonderful It questions social distinctions, and had me cheering for the underdog Alth [...]

  11. While I thought the prose was a bit dated and slow to follow in some parts, the chapter order chopped and changed regularly, and also it was hard to time and date passages, which contributed to not being able to determine the duration of some events While all of the above, this is brilliant piece of work which reminded me of Ken Follets Pillars of the Earth i.e down and out champion who hangs in there by a thread only divide and conquer not quite, as he never had revenge on those who unjustly se [...]

  12. Should one suffer the gravest of injustices based solely on a coincidence, and it results in one unfairly punished and imprisoned for life, there s a novel in it Rufus Dawes suffers eight of them Which is just stupid, and as each coincidental injustice occurred I groaned Just the first would have done It s a shame because the book was an exciting adventure yarn, and Clarke did not need to keep adding in all these injustices to make the book exciting These narrative twists actually took away from [...]

  13. Powerful book about early convict life in Australia I am not Australian, but am married to one, and read this book to understand my other home Certainly one of the great convict novels, and quite possibly the first great Australian novel, which was a bombshell when first published Suffice it to say that this was gripping, compelling reading from start to finish I will long remember Rufus Dawes and his struggles Most highly recommended.

  14. Pe tot parcursul c r ii m am g ndit la Edmond Dant s i mi s a p rut amuzant c nd Sylvia a dorit s citeasc Contele de Monte Cristo Frere este o fiin josnic i mi a produs dezgust nc de la nceput mi pare r u c singurele suflete bune au sf r it mpreun numai nainte de pieri Este trist i totu i, Rufus Dawes a ajuns s in n palme mai mult dec t un trandafir atins de copila pe care o salvase, iar asta m bucur.

  15. When you read this you realise why your family is so screwy An historical fiction of one of the world s greatest sociological experiments the prison colonies known as Australia.

  16. What do you say about a novel that is considered a nascent classic of your nation s literature It s been a movie and a TV mini series most probably a radio drama before that what else can I say, but it s great.But it was not till the last quarter of the 500 page novel, that I realised I was reading greatness My initial thoughts were this is clunky very old true, the novel was published in 1874 there s too much repetition, could do with better editing very melodramatic very he s a goodie, he s a [...]

  17. Marcus Clarke s For the Term of His Natural Life is one of the earliest and most famous Australian novels Predominately set in some of the most notorious of Australia s convict settlements, including Port Macquarie, Port Arthur and Sarah Island, the novel delivers an implicit criticism of the penal system Topical in its original context, it serves as a reminder to readers today.The story revolves around Rufus Dawes, who must be one of the unluckiest characters ever It really beggars belief, how [...]

  18. Pentru toat via a a reprezentat pentru mine prima nt lnire cu autorul Marcus Clarke Mi a pl cut modul de scriere i am resim it n anumite pasaje masculinitatea lui, mai ales n descrierile ample n ceea ce prive te construc ia de nave, sau regimul dur din nchisoare Este o carte care i insufl o stare aventur i cutezan , dar te face s te i ndoie ti asupra faptului cum c via a noastr ar depinde numai de noi Oamenii din jurul t u i adev rurile spuse pe jum tate au un rol extrem de important ancasicarti [...]

  19. There were things I loved about this book and things I hated In a way the book was disjointed in the way it was written It was also obvious that the author had found out information about this period in history and deliberately tried to put that information into the novel The novel was way too long and the way that things kept going wrong for Rufus Dawes were irritating how much bad luck can one person have But that aside, there is a traditional classical tale here that is worth telling.

  20. I really wanted to love this book I m a history buff with convict genealogy and so naturally this type of historical fiction appealed to me I did enjoy reading about the convicts It was written in a very raw, brutal and honest way I think if Clarke had stuck to describing convict life it would have been a great novel.There are two things that ruin the book for me the implausible plot and the rampant sexism.I ll start with the sexism Yes, I understand this is a classic and views of women were dif [...]

  21. A truly great novel despite some obvious imperfections, and certainly foundational for Australian literature Sprawling, uncontrolled, uneven, and unforgettable The absolutely word complete Penguin reprint of the first edition is the way to go, since Clarke s text has been frequently abridged.

  22. The first time I read this it was for school Somehow, it was one book I came back to as an adult Then the wonder hit me you could read this book every decade of your life and it would open itself to you a little every time.

  23. It was originally written as a serial and I can fathom why Tis not a happy tale, but realistic to the extreme I believe If 19th Century England and Australia interests you, you might want read this novel I enjoy 19th historical fiction set in most any land If you want a list of really good historical fiction set in Australia and environs please reach out to me.

  24. This is a dense book that took me some time to get through While I found it very slow I gave it three stars because 1 I appreciated this book s examination of convict era Australia and, 2 the way the intricate plot was resolved was satisfying enough.

  25. Brutal and at times harrowing, this book provides a raw and realistic account of convict life in Colonial Australia.

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