- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics; Reprint edition (3 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099541122
- ISBN-13: 978-0099541127
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Moonfleet (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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"John Meade Falkner's tale of smuggling, a cursed diamond, revenge, ghosts, a secret code, wrongful imprisonment and great sacrifice. It calls for comparison with The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World and Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes. A novel of claustrophobic darkness, storm-wracked seas and wild romantic landscapes, it sweeps the reader irresistibly along, like the deadly undertow at Moonfleet Beach" (Washington Post)
"A ripping yarn...a wonderful story of smuggling and skulduggery" (Independent)
"This one of the great adventure stories for young people, perhaps even more enjoyable than Treasure Island" (Observer)
"It's a Victorian adventure story about the 18th century; about an orphan boy who becomes involved with smugglers and with one particular mentor figure - the grim old Elzevir Block. It is beautifully written and astonishingly vivid: you live alongside the boy trapped in a tomb, escaping along a cliff track, let down a deep well by a villain to find a lost diamond, fleeing to the Hague, being duped, arrested, put in a prison camp for years, transported to Java, shipwrecked at last on his own home beach" (Libby Purves)
"A tale of smuggling and diamonds and winter storms, all set around a fictional village on the edge of Chesil Beach. In Faulkner's book, as in Ian McEwan's, the beach takes on a character of its own and the final scene, with its fearsome storm and its smugglers and crashing timbers, is as much about the beach as the characters." (Mail on Sunday)
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Atmosphere and Action. To my mind, these are the two principal ingredients that must combine seamlessly to make a timeless period adventure story. Very rarely is the balance achieved perfectly. A strong case can be made for Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’ and Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’. Other classics – ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘The Three Musketeers’ to name but two -may now appear ponderous (in places) to a 21st century audiences used to the rapid-fire editing of the modern cinema. J. Meade Falkner’s ‘Moonfleet’ is surely a pitch-perfect blend of atmosphere and action. Although steeped in 18th century detail, the plot flows with pace and panache and can still move the reader, even after multiple reads.
The plot revolves around the coming-of-age of young John Trenchard, an orphaned resident of the Dorset village of Moonfleet. Spurned by his puritanical aunt and driven by youthful curiosity, John becomes embroiled in the misadventures of a gang of smugglers, led by local innkeeper, Elzevir Block. However, it is the lure of the notorious Blackbeard’s treasure (the location of which is hidden in cryptic clues of a locket found by John) that proves destructively powerful for our young hero. Clearly, this is boys’-own heaven. Hidden treasure? Check. A mercurial mentor? Check. Duplicitous villains aplenty? Check. Falkner also throws in a convincing love interest in the form of tragically-beautiful Grace Maskew. It is she who warns John against his fanatical fascination with Blackbeard’s booty: “Have a care…. It was evilly come by.”
The action scenes in ‘Moonfleet’ are frequent and memorable.Read more ›