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It probably does seem slow and boring to younger readers
on 23 May 2016
I'm sure there's an age gradient in the reviews of this, with the older readers tending to give the highest ratings and younger ones tending to give the lowest ratings. I read it at school and have re-read it again now and then over the years. It builds slowly then moves quickly and ends abruptly. That's it. In between there's all the pirate stuff and derring-do the title suggests. It probably does seem slow and boring to younger readers, but that may be something to do with how literature is treated at school these days. I have two children, one now 27, the other 18, who were not moved by this book at all, but at least it's still on the curriculum reading list.