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Captains Courageous Paperback – January 1, 1985
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Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat who falls off a ship and is picked up by a small fishing boat. Since the boat can't possibly go back to port without getting a full load of fish Harvey will have to wait. Meanwhile, since he _is_ eating their food (the man who does not work shall not eat...), they quickly have him join in on the work aboard ship. He goes against it at first, but gradually comes to see what really matters in life. It's not how much money you have- but how you affect those around you. Harvey learns diligence and plain, hard work. Sure- it's not always a ton of fun, but no one said life was pure fun. He learns many lessons through different experiences. I found this to be *very* enjoyable. I also liked reading about the different descriptions of how fishing was done back then.
All in all, this made for a very fascinating read, and I recommend it to anyone!
Harvey Cheyne, a 15-year-old boy raised in high society who has been indulged with the best of everything;
Disko Troop, captain of a small fishing boat, the We're Here, who teaches Harvey some important lessons; Dan Troop, Disko's son and Harvey's comrade while stranded on the ship.
The rich and spoiled Harvey Cheyne was on a large ship with his adoring mother in the middle of the sea when he tumbled overboard. His own ship couldn't find him in the thick fog. Luckily, a Portuguese fisherman hauled him into his dory and brought him safely back to a fishing boat, the We're Here. Harvey told the captain of the boat, Disko Troop, how he had fallen overboard and that he would be generously rewarded by his father, the rich Mr. Cheyne, when he took him home. Disko thought Harvey had "swallowed too much seawater." Instead, he put the boy to work. At first, Harvey did not accept this as he had never done a days work in his life, but Disko Troop made it clear that unless he wanted to swim home, he would work for his stay. So Harvey worked. At first, he got the most undesirable jobs like cleaning and salting the cod they caught, as well as mopping the deck. Gradually, as Harvey began to prove himself a hard worker, Disko Troop gave him jobs that required more responsibility. As Harvey learned the ropes of the fishermen, he grew to like it and began to be accepted as one of them. But, when will he get home? Will he want to go home? What will the fishermen say when they find out who he really is?
On a scale of 1 to 10, Captains Courageous deserves a solid 9 because it's a great adventure and the characters become real people in one's mind.
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We bought this for our 12 year old grandson for obvious reasons. Great story, great message. He read it all the way through in one day.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Captains Courageous is Rudyard Kipling’s story of seafaring and fishing off the coast of Newfoundland. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Martin
I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend for children (especially boys). It had a lot of good lesson for anyone reading the book.Published 4 months ago by Sunflower
The book came in a timely manner, boxed nicely, book is in excellent condition. Giving it to hubby for Xmas/ recuperating from knee surgery. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Claudia Feltus
Heavily edited to about a 3rd grade level. I am giving a low rating because the description said "This collector-quality edition includes the complete text of Rudyard Kipling's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by anonymous
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.
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The main character, Harvey Cheyne, is a spoiled kid that fell overboard off a luxury cruise and was picked up by a small fishing vessel. Read morePublished 12 months ago by joe rooney