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Captains Courageous [Paperback]

Rudyard Kipling
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March 21, 2013 1613824718 978-1613824719
Captains Courageous By Rudyard Kipling

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About the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. In 1907 he became the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize. He wrote several novels, including The Jungle Book and Captains Courageous. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Harvey Cheyne, the spoiled fifteen-year-old son of a millionaire, falls from an ocean liner off the coast of Newfoundland in the 1890's. Rescued by the crew of a fishing schooner, he must remain on board and work the season. His experiences and the bonds he forms with the crew change him from a spoiled adolescent to a self-reliant young man. This production is an excellent choice for family listening. It's well-read by David Stuart, with believable New England and various foreign accents. Lots of action and interesting conversations portraying life aboard a fishing schooner keep the pace moving. Here's a notable example of how well classics can work on audio. M.A.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (March 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613824718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613824719
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Captains Courageous is my favorite Rudyard Kipling story and atypical for him. This is an upbuilding coming-of-age story about a rich kid who was washed overboard and picked up by a fishing schooner and made to work. It features an ultimately likeable main character who improves himself. Very readable and full of action. The only issue affecting the interest of younger readers this story's use of phonetic spelling to reflect the colloquial pronunciations of the various characters from Gloucester, Mass, Newfoundland, Portugal, etc.

(I hadn't written very many reviews. However, in reviewing Kindle reading material, I was sorry to see so few reviews of Kindle versions, especially when comparing two or more similar choices. So I am ramping up my reviews while I have the opportunity.)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich Brat Turns Real October 28, 2010
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I first read this when I was seven years old, and I can't say that it made much impression on me. But future readings, up to my present age of 67, have convinced me that the story is a good one, and the characters are strong and believable. A rich brat who has been saying it would be fun for the liner he is on to collide with a small fishing boat has exactly that happen--but the fishing boat survives, and the brat falls into a new life in which he is expected to pull his full share of the load.

At first he bristles with threats and promises, but nothing changes his situation. Work he will, or eat he will not. By the end--oops, I was headed for a spoiler.

Just read it, and enjoy the characters and plot, remembering as you do so that Kipling has said that "the magic is in the words." He was extremely conscious of what words he used, and since I have been reading him since I was five, I internalized that saying long before I became a writer myself. The magic is in the words, and you will enjoy the words used in this book, unless you have a totally tin ear for dialogue.

One of Kipling's best, written while he was in love with the United States.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kipling has an ear for dialogue. July 4, 2011
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If you've ever been around a group of men who are engaged in an activity; they have a certain way of talking to each other. When they tease each other with mighty insults then you know that they really like each other. Kipling draws a male character better than anyone I've read. Even, sad to say, more so than my favorite, Jane Austen.

When this group of men are talking; they sound just like men would today; with the exception of the horrible colloquial English, that an earlier reviewer referred to, and nowadays people do not refer to their religion as if they really believed it like the story characters did. I do think that if Kipling were to portray modern working men that you would hear an accurate reflection of modern conversation.

Just a fantastic story. Highly enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A study in 19th century writing May 7, 2014
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A classic novel and one of the outstanding books of its period. Written over a century ago, I found it difficult to read, but rewarding.

Problems:
1. Maritime nomenclature, i.e. holyard
2. In an attempt to imitate nor'eastern dialect, Kipling misspells words or spells them phonetically, i.e. abaout

Both of these reasons contributed to the difficulty of understanding this book. Like reading Shakespeare or Chaucer, this story by Kipling requires work in order to comprehend. Consequently, it's not casual reading; it requires some effort.

The plot is easy enough to understand though. A spoiled boy, son of a millionaire father and doting mother, is lost at sea. Presumed dead but saved by a fishing boat. He demands to be returned, but the boat captain, Disko Troop, can't afford to jeopardize the livelihoods of his crew and his family. The boy, Harvey, is required to work hard for the first time in his life. He learns to respect the captain, the mates, and himself. The story has a happy ending and we get to meet several interesting crew members in the process.

I can recommend this book for analysis in a study group, but not for casual reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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One of the better of the early Kipling novels and a quintessentially American tale by this most British writer. You'll feel like you've spent a whole season fishing off Gloucester as Kipling reels off this classic outsider-becomes-insider theme crossed with a coming-of-age novel. Although originally written for an adult audience what remains is basically material for today's boys age 10 to 13 years bracket. Young Harvey never hits anything too scary once he's accepted on the crew. Kipling's female characters are never much more than fretting, ineffectual emasculators so its not particularly recommended for girls.

The use of local color is great and documentation of a way of life that is long gone is priceless. However, once the ship makes landfall, there are several codas and what feel like false endings, while he takes forever to wrap up. Like many of Kipling's early works, it was written on the installment plant. If the last 2-3 chapters were cut, I would make it 5 stars.

If you want to read Kipling, this is about as painless as an introduction as you can get.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars the story of a spoiled, rich boy's transformation
The story was interesting: kind of a Horacio Alger type, where the central character -- an obnoxious, spoiled, rich kid -- undergoes a transformation for the better after falling... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stanley J. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Captains courageous
A classic I wish I would have read years ago. A bit different than I expected, but all the more enjoyable for that.
Published 3 months ago by Bratty_me27
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a salty dog!
The classic Kipling novel about a wealthy rich boy who falls off a boat and is rescued by a fishing vessel where he learns how to be a man. Read more
Published 8 months ago by muddyboy1
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard copy of the ebook
No copywrite page. Text starts on the back of the front page. Large print is nice, but not what I call a real book. Has it been edited, abridged, bowdlerized ? Read more
Published 10 months ago by Meg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, terrific narration!
The reader does all the voices. It's so easy to follow along and of course the story is wonderful--it is a Rudyard Kipling book!
Published 17 months ago by Mariel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for a wonderful well read friend.
He said he had not read this author,but he knew of Kipling. He liked the history.

This is a book that all readers should pick up.
Published 18 months ago by Patty Ortale
4.0 out of 5 stars A real classic
This book is a little hard to read as it's written in the dialect of the characters. If you can get past that, it's a very good story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by John F. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic literature - most suitable for young teens
I picked the audio book version of this title up at the library because I wanted to read a classic. This did not disappoint. This is definitely a coming-of-age story. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Todd Justman
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