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  • Mass Market Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (5 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451465652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451465658
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Throughout the world his voice commanded more respect than any citizen other than heads of state." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. He was born in Bombay, British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book (a collection of stories which includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"), Kim (a tale of adventure), many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King"; and his poems, including Mandalay, Gunga Din, and (1910). He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story"; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best works are said to exhibit "a versatile and luminous narrative gift". Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author Henry James said of him: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." He was the first English language writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. Among other honors, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined. Kipling's subsequent reputation has changed according to the political and social climate of the age and the resulting contrasting views about him continued for much of the 20th century. A young George Orwell called him a "prophet of British imperialism". According to critic Douglas Kerr: "He is still an author who can inspire passionate disagreement and his place in literary and cultural history is far from settled. But as the age of the European empires recedes, he is recognized as an incomparable, if controversial, interpreter of how empire was experienced. That, and an increasing recognition of his extraordinary narrative gifts, make him a force to be reckoned with." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia S. Idiart on 24 Dec 2003
Format: Paperback
“Captains Courageous” tells the story of how Harvey Cheyne, young son of an American multimillionaire, travels back to America on a fishing schooner called the “We’re Here”, by one of whose crew he was saved from drowning. He’s taught in turns by all the crew different skills every fisherman has to have and hears wild, colourful stories round a table. Kipling’s vivid descriptions add to the enjoyment of this classic book, which I think can appeal to most children, and also to some soft-hearted adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan 2001
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I read this book, and absolutely enjoyed it! It's a fast reading, adventorous book, with a slight twist. Not only do you get to read a great book, but this book actually teaches you about boating, have you ever heard the term Dory, or a jonah, or where we got the term "Teach you the ropes" This book is great, and full of wonderful information you otherwise wouldn't think to learn, yet it's very intruiging!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boubepo on 9 Mar 2012
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Nice little story of a spoiled brat who turns good, having said that the story is rather predictable and the dialogue [of the different nationalities onboard] difficult to follow at times, sometimes to the extent it becomes irritating.

I found the main character - Harvey Cheyne far more interesting and colourful as a spoiled brat, unfortunately he changes quite early in the story into a lesser and more conventional character.

On the plus side, the book gives a good insight into life aboard a 19th century fishing schooner, along with the hardships encountered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul brown on 21 Feb 2013
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Highly descriptive novel on the tough life of small scale fishermen. Great historical context, with a different ending to the film starring Bartholomew and Tracy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cutsie06 on 17 Mar 2011
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I have always had time for Kipling; a great writer. However, this novel left me feeling "here's a great short story, but when is it going to end". The idea is interesting, as are some of the characters, but both are under-developed to the point were the idea can be summed up in two lines, and the characters in one. Insubstantial, and to a large extent disappointing.
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I absolutely loved this book. If you like sea adventures, coming of age books, this is for you. It's a lovely story and a very satisfying read, although a word of warning if you are buying this as a present! I bought it for someone and they just couldn't get on with it because of the heavy use of dialect in the writing. In the beginning I too found this a little hard but I soon got used to it although I can see why some readers don't like it, it can ruin the flow of a story etc and often writers just suggest the dialect, but for me, it only made it more realistic. Highly recommended reading.
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By HappySmiles on 1 Nov 2013
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Sorry, I normally like Kipling, but I think there is a reason why this is not one of his better known works. Basically, it is quite dull.
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