The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus: Being His Own Log-Book, Letters and Dispatches with Connecting Narratives.. (Classics Book 217) New Ed Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B002RI9JA0
- Publisher : Penguin; New Ed edition (February 5, 2004)
- Publication date : February 5, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 1446 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #531,843 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cohen’s translation is outstanding. I found it very easy reading, and a real page-turner, to boot. Five Stars.
I cannot remember if I have ever given a bad review before, but this book is not worth the read.
In the third voyage, Columbus finally reach mainland and the fourth voyage was the toughest of all due to huge storms that lasted several days and the attacks of indian while they were repairing. At the end of the book there is an account made by Diego Mendez, a truly survivor and loyal servant of the Admiral who saved the lives of all of them while they were waiting in Jamaica, for a year.
I my opinion Columbus was a great navigator and a brave man. It is sad how the life of the Admiral ends and the poor retribution from the kings of Spain.
Top reviews from other countries
The textual content of the book are direct lifts from documents, books and reports written by Columbus, his son and other historic authors. It is descriptive in nature and gives a great perspective on the wonderment of the sailors and of Columbus himself as they embark on their fascinating voyages of discovery.
There are new islands, tribes, cultures, animals, crops and diseases discovered aplenty. This along with political deceit, crew rebellions, native battles and the ever present peril of storm tossed seas gives a fascinating insight into this historical period. It is best described as a boys own story of unsurpassed adventure.
The fact that Columbus was not the true discoverer of mainland America is also explained by the main man himself...but read the book to find out this detail.
I personally would have liked more biographical and historical information on the main characters and events covered in the book. I was left asking myself a lot of unanswered questions by the end. I felt there was scant information given outside the boundaries of the 'lifted' narrative.
Overall though this was a very good book on a series of journeys that concluded with a new world being added to the old...fascinating reading!
This is a mind boggling book, no fiction can come close to the records of those days and the changes in mentality which sprang from them.
Oh, and the bravery of the men...incredible.
Not the easiest of reading but worth the effort.
Klassiker, sollte man mal gelesen haben.
Bin leider nicht ganz überzeugt von Kolumbus Stil (oder dem der Editoren der inzwischen x-ten Auflage), da es doch ein wenig langatmig auftritt. Aber für jeden Interessenten am Lebenswerk des C.C. auf jeden Fall lesenswert.