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Jim Davis Paperback – January 1, 1912


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Libraries (January 1, 1912)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068XVL9C
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard C Mallory on February 14, 2001
Format: Library Binding
If you like Robert Louis Stevenson, you will thoroughly enjoy Masefield's Jim Davis. I first read this at age 14 (with some vocab help from dear old dad) and it remains one of the best books I have read in a long while. Being a history major and an english minor I found the prose of this book delightful and the historical significance astounding. If you are an adult who has read and re-read Stevenson too much and want the same genre but a different author/plot Jim Davis is the novel for you. If you have a child whom you wish to turn onto fine literature Jim Davis will grab your child's imagination and illustrate a grand adventure of pirates, smugglers, soldiers and gypsies for it. Any child (old or young) can relate to the stories narrator, this is a jewel of English literature. Another great Stevenson alternate is J. Meade Falkner's Moonfleet, it is a bit of an easier read than Jim Davis, but contains just as much adventure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This story is set in early 19th century Devon, during the Napoleonic Wars. The narrator is a boy in his early teens, who by chance and high spirits falls in with a gang of smugglers bringing contraband by sea from France to England. It's a fast-moving story, in the tradition of R. L. Stevenson, and a good look at the history of the period along England's south coast too.
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Masefield was a Conway boy, given over to a training ship moored in the Thames to learn deep water sail at an early age. In Jim Davis, he creates a hero of the sailing age growing up among risks and danger and surviving because he is a problem solver, physically fit, and brave. I would think that much of the novel reflects the hardship of growing up basically without a family, and valuing the care and nurturing that living in a loving home would have given him. Certainly a good book for a young adult as a summer read.
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By othoniaboys on September 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Masefield is usually classified as a poet, which he was, but he also wrote novels, among them this somewhat overlooked gem of adventure for boys. I found it quite charming and would recommend it to any boy who daydreams of going back in history and taking part in thrilling scrapes.
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