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A very credible yarn, interlaced with historical fact.
on 16 January 2014
Matthew Lawe, the main character of the story, performs a cowardly act which results in his being cursed to sail the seas forever. As he wends his way through life without ever growing older, we are shown many famous historical characters and events. The accounts are vivid enough for you to transported in your mind's eye to the Pirate shores of the Caribbean, you stand on a smoky deck at the Battle of Trafalgar watching Lord Nelson urging you to fight and you hang your head in Matthew's shame as you transport slaves from their homes to faraway Barbados.
Matthew shows us an earthy character and, although his cowardice is repeated, the reader cannot help empathising with him and growing to like him.
It is such a shame Nicholas Monsarrat died before the book was complete, although we must thank his wife for providing the author's notes for Book Two.