- Hardcover: 370 pages
- Publisher: North Books (November 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582876584
- ISBN-13: 978-1582876580
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,555,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
It rips along at a fantastic pace with fortunes reversing almost page by page. The ending is such a beautiful joining of the circle that it leaves you breathless with admiration for the writer's genius while it moves you to the point of tears with the strength of the writer's story.
Though written for children, this book can be enjoyed by anyone over the age of eight and perhaps read to children even younger.
The ending will make you cry ... very touching. Take a chance on this book, it's worth every penny.
P.S. I bought this book for my mom for Mother's Day.
And it is really good. A tale in the old style, one of the first truly English novels. Set somewhere on the South coast, Moonfleet is the spiritual home of the Mohunes, a legendary group of pirates. The sea is always at the back of the story as we follow our young hero, John, through his various scrapes. His two goals in life are his girl and the treasure. As he searches for the way to both, John spends many a memorable episode in such places as the church's crypt, is defeated at almost every turn and goes through an adventure tinged with fear and horror that will exhilirate the hardiest reader.
Although this is a children's book, its themes and scenarios involve the most serious of readers. This is the archetypal "good yarn".
As in Treasure Island, things really start rolling when John gets entangled with Elsevir and the smugglers and more or less joins their gang. When the local lord tries to ambush them one dawn, blood is drawn and Elsevir and John are forced to flee and take to ground for some months. The fugitives then embark on a quest to locate the missing diamond and so make their fortune. John is especially keen on being able to return to Moonfleet a wealthy man, so that he may secure the hand of his fair lady. Of course, events don't transpire so easily, and further adventures take them to Holland, where events take a turn for the worse before a semi-triumphal homecoming.
All of this is fine -- but not that great.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Meade Falkner is one of my favorite novelists. I have read all three of his novels, namely The Lost Stradivarius, The Nebuly Coat and Moonfleet. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by othoniaboys
One of the most beloved of boys' books in the UK in the early 20th century, MOONFLEET remains the best known of the three short novels by John meade Falkner, and certainly has his... Read morePublished on February 7, 2007 by Jay Dickson
MOONFLEET IS A FAIRLY INTERESTING BOOK IT IS A UNIQUE BOOK WITH ORIGINAL STYLE AND A ONE-OF -A- KIND -STORY. Read morePublished on May 6, 2004
Moonfleet is a well written book once you get past the long- winded introduction. I'm sure this book would have been very popular during the 19th centuary, but as i am only 12 i... Read morePublished on May 6, 2004
Moonfleet is a good book once you get into it, but it takes quite a long time to do that. The first 3 or 4 chapters are a little boring but once the story unfolds things start to... Read morePublished on May 6, 2004
Moonfleet is a great book to read. It's an adventurous story told by John Trenchard,a man who lived many missions as a young boy. Read morePublished on May 6, 2004
A great book to read. Main character John Trenchard who is 15 years old is very heroic. I'd really recommend this book to any age because its very adventurous. Read morePublished on May 6, 2004
This book is about a real place-Moonfleet wich is in Dorset.It is told by a man caled John Trenchard. Read morePublished on May 6, 2004
I thought this book was thoroughly enjoyable, although in parts the language was difficult to understand, as the story was actually written in 1858. Read morePublished on May 6, 2004