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The Wreck of the "Grosvenor" [Kindle Edition]

William Clark Russell , Walter Russell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'The Wreck of the “Grosvenor”' tells of the adventures of Edward Royle, the second mate on a sailing ship travelling from England to South America in the nineteenth century.

With a hard-hearted captain and a mutinous crew, this was never going to be an easy voyage. When Royle spots a vessel foundering at sea, the trouble really starts and he is forced to chose between duty and conscience.

'The Wreck of the “Grosvenor”' is perhaps William Clark Russell’s most famous book. John Sutherland, Emeritus Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London described this as “the most popular mid-Victorian melodrama of adventure and heroism at sea”.

This new edition from Solis Press of the 1877 bestseller has been completely revised and includes illustrations from the first US publication. The book also features a section about the author and his life, written specially for this edition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 190794737X
  • Publisher: Solis Press; First edition (29 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking yarn 19 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this late Victorian melodrama: it has all the prime ingredients of such tales, including stout hero, vulnerable young lady, martinets, untrustworthy working classes etc. Full of stereotypes maybe but Russell knew how to tell a tale and the action continues at a fine pace. The descriptions of storms at sea are terrific and the title doesn't give as much away as you may think - he keeps the story going well right to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 7 Feb. 2013
By Ston
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Good read I love naval novels and this one is great. Lots of acurate facts regarding saling and old naval terms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like a nautical read 21 April 2013
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If you like a read with plenty of nautical terms/references, this is a book to add to your reading list. It is marginally spoiled by the love story which becomes the main theme about three quarters through the book. Overall a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking yarn. 14 Feb. 2014
By Marion
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Posting this on behalf of my husband, Ken. First class sea adventure. A touch of the empire. Thoroughly recommend.Will be reading more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent seafaring novel 27 Sept. 2014
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The writing of this book is supreme indeed. The writer perfectly captures the readers imagination. Eloquently written with a complete understanding of sailing ships and the sea.
The descriptions of the hurricane and the sea state are beautifully described , as are the characters and their habits.
A very difficult book to put down until finished.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian swashbuckle and swoon special 5 Oct. 2013
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Unusually (from the point of view of a romance) written from the male perspective, this story of mutiny, shipwreck and love does carry one along at a riptide rate. The seas are mountainous, the story gallops, the pace is terrific. Of course there is the inevitable moralising of a Victorian novel: ships were sent out with rations for the men that would make a modern sailor gag, all in the interests of a quick buck for the owners. The love story is a bit insipid (but at least no bodices are ripped in this story!) and very sentimentally rendered, but it's all a piece of its time, and I enjoyed it tremendously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another winner 30 Jan. 2014
By mark m
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I love WCR he is an unsung writer, but once you have read any of his books you know he will deliver a good solid story with lots of detail of maritime life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting tale 8 May 2014
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I look forward to reading more of William Clark Russell's work.One of the best sea stories I have read to date
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