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Westward Ho!

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Published July 16th 2009 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 1855)
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read for my nation, empire, and literature class. an english bestseller. fascinating from an historical and sociological perspective. an obviously nationalistic book. it was fun to write a paper on, though. and it made my recent robin hood obsession suddenly relevant.
Wanda
Oct 05, 2014 Wanda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
5 OCT 2014 -- by the author of Water Babies (a story I listened to on the BBC and appreciated enormously). I am certain to enjoy this one too.

Project Gutenberg for Westward Ho --

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1860

And because now you are curious about Water Babies --

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25564

Enjoy!
Sally
I'm no snob when it comes to old books, but the appeal of this one escapes me. Westward Ho! is the story of an Englishman, Amyas Leigh, who leaves his English town searching for maritime adventure and the chance to avenge a grudge. Kingsley completely avoids political correctness as he present the Spanish as beasts who care for nothing but themselves and their evil Papist religion. Amyas, having lost his brother and his true love to the Inquisition, chases a Spanish villain all over the world ho ...more
Raagavan Rants
It has every possible human emotion that I can relate to every part of my life, and at the right proportion. Truly a magic portion!
Erin Winslow
When I first read this in the 6th grade (in 1976) I absolutely LOVED it! The story had action, adventure, chivalry, a hopeless cause. . .what more could I want. After rereading the book in 2011 I can still enjoy it for the genre BUT it is so dripping with anti-catholicism, racism, and a colonial mentality that I could never recommend it to any kids! Take Westward Ho! for what it is: a 19th century writer's take on the 16th century. It is valuable as a primary source on 19th century popular liter ...more
Dave Turner
This is basically a sea adventure novel that turns into a vengeance story set against an fascinating time in history (spanish inquisition, the new world).

Written by a Church of England priest during the 19th century, there are times where this reads like simply anti-catholic propaganda, but if you can get past that, you'll be rewarded with a brilliant story, unique, clear characters and a wonderful history lesson.

Well worth the read, despite its faults.
Christofer Boeyink
I came across a chapter of this book in a collection of adventure stories in a book appropriately titled, "The Book of Adventure," and realized that I had Westward Ho on my shelf (found it in my parent's attic). Thoroughly anti-Catholic, yet if one can get past that, it is truly a great adventure book. I found it fascinating as it is a 19th century view of the 16th century. Any male Anglophile will love this book. Not about the American West like I assumed.
Ann
Read before traveling to the area from Illinois. Enjoyed the old story.
Scott Holmes
Swashbuckle from my childhood.
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Charles Kingsley was an English clergyman, university professor, historian, and novelist, particularly associated with the West Country and north-east Hampshire.

He was educated at Helston Grammar School before studying at King's College London, and the University of Cambridge. Charles entered Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1838, and graduated in 1842. He chose to pursue a ministry in the church.

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