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Castaways of the Flying Dutchman [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Brian Jacques
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28 Mar 2002
The Flying Dutchman! The legend of the wind-tattered ghost ship and its mad sea captain, cursed to sail forever, has been passed down throughout the centuries. But what of the boy and his dog who are trapped on board that ship? Thus begins one of the mightiest of Brian Jacques' stories, as boy and dog set off on an eternal journey, braving icy winds and waves to arrive on strange shores, and explore new places and times, incuding Chapelville, a sleepy Victorian town, replete with a bully and a mystery to solve.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New edition edition (28 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141312114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141312118
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Jacques takes a break from his successful Redwall series to bring his young fans The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman.

Filled with passion, drama and salty images of the high seas, this unusual and deeply satisfying story follows the adventures of a young Mute boy, Neb, and his faithful talking Labrador (yes, really, a talking Labrador) who together survive the destruction of the the doomed ship The Flying Dutchman. Destined to wander the earth together for all eternity they wander the world, helping people in trouble as they brave the elements, eventually stumbling across a nineteenth century village on the verge of desolation and in desperate need of salvation...

The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman is a fantastic, almost old-fashioned story, fuelled by Jacques' descriptive, lyrical prose and his colour-filled imagination. After 13 Redwall books, this is a major departure for this fine author, but he more than pulls it off. His total involvement and belief in his characters shines through on every page, and, as ever, he manages to cleverly combine the ordinary with a mystical and extraordinary element that draws the reader into the very heart of the story.

Readers who have previously relished Redwall will love this excellent, spirited novel And readers who just enjoy a really good book will be equally as delighted.--Age 9 and over --Susan Harrison. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Brian Jacques is a powerful storyteller, known best as the creator of the top-selling REDWALL series. He was brought up near the Liverpool docks. His life to date has been adventure-packed - he's been a sailor, truck driver, longshoreman, comedian, folk singer and radio host. He continues to travel widely bit still has his home in Liverpool.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Jacques book- it was fantastic!! 8 May 2001
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I picked this book up because I knew the story of "the Flying Dutchman" but to see "The Castways of the Flying Dutchman", made me think a legend a little bit different. It started off when Neb(Ben) saw a dog on the side of the boat. The dog, Denmark, followed Neb on to the boat, and they stayed togehter for the rest of the book. The Flying Dutchman mission was to sail around Cape Horn. Neb,a mute boy, felt the hardness of sailing and survived several mutinies. One time they were trying to sail arond Cape Horn, when the boy and dog were washed overboard, but were saved by an ANGEl.
You are taken through Neb's and Denmark's adventures and feelings of the people they meet. I loved this book and every bit is more interesting than the other. I thought the end was the best bit; it just makes you wander were is Neb now.I urge you to read this book and I hope you enjoy it as much as me.I will be happy to answer questions and talk about the book with you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The story starts a mute boy runs from nasty relatives and falls off a pier. He saves himself and the book follows one of his many adventures.
The mute boy finds frienship in a dog and they learn to telepathically talk to each other.
The book is really good and is very gripping, especially with the supernatural happenings on the ship... The Flying Dutchman.
The end is slightly surprising and sudden but suits the type of book. Brian Jaques has written many good novels when he personificates animals. We hope that there is a sequal to The Castaways Of The Flying Dutchman because there was also alot of humor like the bad/good man living as a mad proffesor in a half ruined old building.
We think this book is excellent and think EVERYONE should have a chance to read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly even better than Redwall!!! 29 Aug 2001
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I love Redwall; they are the best books ever by my opinion. This may possibly better than Redwall, the blend of riddle, history and adventure is fabulous and the use of thoughts as communication is great. The passing of time is very good, using chapters as gaps in time. It is impossible to put down; I read it all in one night then read it again three times! It a fantastic change from Redwall and rates as one of the best of Brian Jacques!
Absolutely Fantastic!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs 4 Jun 2008
I ADORE the Redwall series. Far better written than Harry Potter, with better descriptions and pace, I've been a long-time fan of Jacques'. Therefore I was hoping for another cracking tale with this novel.

It's not bad. The opening section is truly brilliant: terrifying, emotional and adventurous. If the whole novel had continued in this vein, I couldn't have praised it highly enough. Unfortunately, the story does go downhill after the two main characters leave Luis the shepherd.

As I said, it isn't bad. It's just after the opening section, the loss of the high-seas drama, the school-age heroism falls very flat. The characters aren't unlikeable, the dog Ned in particular is loveable and as a moral, fun, pleasing story for younger readers, it does work well. Older readers will feel disappointed after the wonderful tension of the opening section, however.

It is similar to Redwall, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but lacks Redwall's sword-and-adventure heroism, most of the action being closed into one village. The villains change from wicked cursed pirates, truly terrifying figures, to rather more petty figures and a gang of unpleasant schoolchildren; a definate comedown.

On a personal level I think the inclusion of so much religiosity just doesn't sit with the genre - one of BJ's wisest decisions was making Redwall a largely secular series, with vague religious symbolism taking a definate backseat to moral and personal developments. In Castaways, there is no escaping the fact that angels and God play a large definitive role in the story.

It is still well-written, lively and filled with all BJ's usual beautiful descriptive work, and the bittersweet realisation that immortality has its downside is a nice touch.

Not a bad read, worth looking at for the wonderful opening section if nothing else.
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