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The Ebb-Tide

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  144 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Emma, I have scratched out the beginning to my father, for I think I can write more easily to you. This is my last farewell to all, the last you will ever hear or see of an unworthy friend and son. I have failed in life; I am quite broken down and disgraced. I pass under a false name; you will have to tell my father that with all your kindness. It is my own fault. -- with ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 3rd 2006 by Hard Press (first published 1894)
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Owlseyes


(Stevenson's home at Vailima,Samoa)

For those who know a bit of his biography...Stevenson the Scotsman writer had been for his lifetime a world drifter; he'd been in America too (in San Francisco!),... ...before settling in Samoa,for the rest of his life; so, this novel apparently has biographical lines,enmeshed into it.He knew what it meant new horizons.



Three miserable-looking-and-feeling outcasts gather in one of the Pacific isles of Tahiti. They’re Robert Herrick, American Captain Davis a
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Sam
This collection holds the Ebb Tide and the Island Nights Entertainments (or the South Sea Tales if you prefer). The Ebb Tide follows three men who having found themselves on the island of Tahiti are employed by the US Consul to ship a cargo of champagne to Sydney after the original crew come down with small pox. However during their journey they find that all is not quite what it seems and are forced to take alternative action. Island Nights' includes three tales, the Beach of Falesá, the Bottle ...more
Phil Clymer
Almost a pirate tale. Lacks the punch of his other works, more like a long short story. Even at that it is worth the time invested.
Sylvester
I'm at a loss for words, really. Not what I expected from RLS. Odd story of which I somehow missed the point. My disappointment tempted me to give it only one star, but it wasn't horrible. I blame the co-author, whoever he was.
Guido
Romanzo d'avventura che ha per protagonisti tre autentici falliti abbandonati su una spiaggia di Tahiti, tre individui sgradevoli, disonesti e disperati, ai quali viene offerta una possibilità di riscatto - il trasporto di un carico di champagne a Sydney - che dovrebbe essere, per loro, l'inizio di una nuova vita: interverranno, naturalmente, altre complicazioni, e il loro destino sarà diverso. Qui Stevenson riflette sul suo rapporto amaro e disincantanto col cristianesimo; la narrazione risente ...more
Laura
Jul 18, 2008 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: professor
Shelves: victorian
"For it is the destiny of those grave, restrained, and classic writers, with whom we make enforced and often painful acquaintanceship at school, to pass into the blood and become native in the memory; so that a phrase of Virgil speaks not so much of Mantua or Augustus, but of English places and the student's own irrevocable youth." (193-194)

"He tortured himself to find analogies. The isle was like the rim of a great vessel sunken in the waters; it was like the embankement of an annular railway g
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Sarah Sammis
I read the Ebb-Tide for the Classics Challenge. Stevenson and his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne tell a modern (contemporary for when it was written) tale of pirates in the South Pacific. These are not the "pieces of eight" pirates of their most famous collaboration, Treasure Island. Instead these are more akin with modern smugglers.

The book follows three men down on their luck, stuck on Tahiti for a variety of reasons. They are all recovering from influenza which had been brought to the island on one
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Sarah Sammis
I read the Ebb-Tide for the Classics Challenge. Stevenson and his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne tell a modern (contemporary for when it was written) tale of pirates in the South Pacific. These are not the "pieces of eight" pirates of their most famous collaboration, Treasure Island. Instead these are more akin with modern smugglers.

The book follows three men down on their luck, stuck on Tahiti for a variety of reasons. They are all recovering from influenza which had been brought to the island on one
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Michael
Okay. So I read it in twenty-four hours for class, so perhaps, I'm not the most qualified to give a review, but I will anyway.

What I liked about this novella was the characters' relationship with nature. Stevenson provides a semi-unique view for his time. Unlike his contemporaries' narrators (Ishmael, etc) his narrator doesn't look at nature with a romantic lens. Rather, the narrator holds a removed view. One girl in my class explained that nature was actually punishing the characters for not go
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Neil
A lovely wee tale from a master of his craft. This one tells the tale of a schooner of stolen champagne that ends up coming to shore at a small island en route. The crew side against each other depending on the direction their moral compass points and then hi jinks ensue.
Mark
This is a dark comedy with three ‘anti-heros’ as the main characters. A fascinating moral character study. The first quarter or so of the book is a bit slow but stick with it, it becomes fast-paced with plenty of action after that.
incipit mania
Incipit

Sparsi lungo tutta la miriade delle isole del Pacifico...
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Geraud
un roman tragi-comique sur l'échec, plein de mélancolie et de désenchantement. j'ai eu un mal fou à le lire malgré sa petite taille. Je n'ai pourtant rien à lui reprocher sinon, de l'avoir lu au mauvais moment.
Adrian Buck
Frustrating not to find out what the effect of this adventure was on the main character!
Neil
Too short, characters appeared quite thin.
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is o
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