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Moonfleet (Wordsworth's Children's Classics) Paperback – 1 Mar 1993

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (1 Mar. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853261068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853261060
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,626,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I was moved to re-read this book having recently re-visited Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight where part of this story is set. In fact it is still possible to see the donkey-powered well, scene of a very dramatic moment in the story, in action at set times, but which is only a visitor attraction these days. I am usually a very slow reader but I flew through this tale, which is surprising as it's written in 'ye olde english' and takes some getting used to but it really does add flavour to the adventure. The only downside of this story is that the ending is somewhat contrived to say the least (I won't spoil it for those yet to seek out this book) but hey, this is 1757, maybe that's what happened in those times. A personal slant to this book is that (many years ago) in primary school, I remember a teacher reading this story, from memory, in regular instalments before home time. What an amazing skill and I can remember him holding our attention until the end.
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Format: Paperback
An enthralling book about the life of a boy, accidently caught in a world of smuggling. A relationship is made between the reader and the main characters, which Faulkner does very well. Even though things continually go wrong, the usual happy ending is timed to perfection.
A great read, for anyone who likes adventure. A favourite with English teachers, as I found out at school, but worth reading again, even if you did read it many moons ago.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f4c480) out of 5 stars Order a copy and get this classic back in print 25 Sept. 2001
By W. Weinstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A truly wonderful tale of smugglers and wrong-doing, friendship and sacrifice. This book, which seems to have fallen out of fashion in the last twenty years is as much a classic as Treasure Island or Kidnapped.
It rips along at a fantastic pace with fortunes reversing almost page by page. The ending is such a beautiful joining of the circle that it leaves you breathless with admiration for the writer's genius while it moves you to the point of tears with the strength of the writer's story.
Though written for children, this book can be enjoyed by anyone over the age of eight and perhaps read to children even younger.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f4c4d4) out of 5 stars A great treasure-adventure yarn. Read it and love it. 30 Jun. 1999
By mthtchr@juno.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I happened onto this book by chance 30 years ago. It quickly became one of my prized possessions. After reading it several times, I passed it on to my oldest son and it became his favorite too. Now worn and dog-eared, I recently picked it up again and was once more mesmerized by the adventure tale and the character development. "Classic Adventure" are the only terms I can think of to describe Moonfleet. You will fall in love with this book! It is a shame that it is currently out of print.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f4c90c) out of 5 stars Exciting and Somewhat Original 26 May 2004
By Oddsfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I began reading this book, a friend of mine took one look at the cover and started naming off what he thought the aspects of the plot were. He named all of the traditional pirate story cliches (sometimes platitudes): orphaned boy, evil pirate, hidden treasure, etc. By looking at the cover, I thought that was what it would be too, and I looked forward to the classic adventure story (I've always loved swashbucklers). As it was, Moonfleet is a very original novel that doesn't follow of the conventions. Surely, some of those elements are there--the orphaned boy and treasure--but they are twisted in different ways. Moonfleet is somewhat darker than other swashbucklers such as Treasure Island, and there are actually no pirates at all. There is also a little bit more depth of characterization as John Trenchard and Elziver Block have a long and meaningful friendship. Moonfleet is certainly a superior adventure novel, complete with exciting escapes (a lot of them), lost treasure, and some actual characterization. It's well worth reading.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f4ccd8) out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure! 5 May 1998
By Ny-er - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased this book from Amazon because it reminds me of fond childhood memories. When I was young, my mother read this book to me when I was ill. It's still the best memory I have of my youth. The book itself is filled with adventure, passion, inter-laced plot and emotions that make you believe the characters and care deeply about their plight. The imagery is wonderful, and it is a book you can share with anyone. It's a classic.
The ending will make you cry ... very touching. Take a chance on this book, it's worth every penny.
P.S. I bought this book for my mom for Mother's Day.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f4cdbc) out of 5 stars Is there a better read-aloud? I think not. 18 Jun. 2000
By Elsie Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book hung over me in memory for twenty years or more. It was read to us by my mother when i was 11 or 12; i remembered the story vaguely and the title wrongly. I had tried desultorily to find it over the years, unsuccessfully. Now, having reread it, aloud, to my children, i affirm that this is one of the finest children's adventure stories ever written. It out-treasures "Treasure Island" and any other of the same genre. The sad sacrifice at the end had all three of us in tears as i read it ~ i scarce could make out the words on the page. Elzevir Block is one of children's literature's finest heroes; a most honourable, strong, wise, loveable, faithful, and ~ despite some of his actions ~ good man. John Trenchard, the young protagonist, grows up, learns of life most awfully, and is rewarded with the love of a true woman ~ the daughter of his enemy, the book's first villain. I truly cannot over-recommend this book; it is hard to understand how it could be allowed to fall out of print, and why it is not more widely renowned and suggested by librarians, teachers, & parents.
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