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Captains Courageous (Modern Voices) [Paperback]

Rudyard Kipling , Max Hastings (foreword)
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Book Description

26 Sep 2008 1843914425 978-1843914426 Reprint
When Harvey Cheyne, the precocious and arrogant son of an American railway tycoon, is rescused from drowning by a New England fishing boat, he is unable to convince the crew to take him to shore and is forced to take a job on board the schooner. With no other choice, he has to adapt quickly to existence at sea, learning to sail and to fish. Thrown into this unfamiliar environment, he comes to understand the importance of hard work and dignity, and begins to reassess his former values, resulting in a remarkable transformation of character and spirit.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd; Reprint edition (26 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843914425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843914426
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.6 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,308,790 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in India but came to England as a child. He is perhaps best remembered for his children's books 'Just So Stories' and 'The Jungle Book', and for his novel 'Kim'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and tender at the same time 24 Dec 2003
“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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great 9 Mar 2012
By Boubepo
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Captains Courageous 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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3.0 out of 5 stars The great man stumbles 17 Mar 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Captains courageous 16 Dec 2013
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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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