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The Great Quest

2.7 of 5 stars 2.70  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"A romance of 1826, wherein are recorded the experiences of Josiah Woods of Topham, and of those others with whom he sailed for Cuba and the Gulf of Guinea."
359 pages
Published 1921 by Little Brown & Company
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I absolutely love the romance of high adventure on the open seas in literature. The possibilities for intrigue, suspense and shocking revelation aboard a confined sea vessel are virtually endless, and when a skillful author puts his or her hand to writing a story of life on the seas in the era of piracy and personal conquest, there is no limit to how good it can be. I was particularly excited about reading my first Charles Boardman Hawes book, as he has been favorably compared to the legendary...more
Jan 05, 2013 Peter rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
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Young men may long for adventure. And they may experience more than they bargain for. This book classically describes such a case. There are many books for young adults that do this well. Unfortunately, I think this book is not one for current reading. It is dated and contains attitudes about racism that we no longer tolerate. It's one thing to show those attitudes in their historical perspective and quite another to mindlessly include them as a matter of course. Aside - there are basically no f...more
Jade Lauron
Difficult style for a modern reader to parse, and hours after I'd finished it, I barely recalled the details. Not very memorable.
Thomas Bell
Not as good as The Dark Frigate by the same author. I kept feeling like there was supposed to be suspense and excitement - like it was meant to be there but never came. Yes, there were battles and guns and stuff, but it wasn't really exciting. My favorite character was actually the African witch doctor who kept calling out at them. The 'Love Story' was also quite lame and not developed enough for the kind of ending the book had. Still, it was an interesting read, so a good 3 stars it is.
Jan 27, 2013 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Very good adventure story. I enjoyed it a lot more than Treasure Island, Kidnapped, or any of the other classic adventure stories even though the language is a of the old style of literature and somewhat cumbersome. It seemed that the action, conflicts, dangers, and hardships were non stop. I highly recommend.
This was a Newbery Honor Book the very first year, in 1922. It was slow to start and the narrator was painfully slow to figure things out, but I'm glad I finished.
I preferred the author's other Newbery winner, The Dark Frigate, which won a few years later.
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Charles Boardman Hawes was an American author. He was posthumously awarded the 1924 Newbery Medal for The Dark Frigate (1923). Additionally, The Great Quest (1921) was a 1922 Newbery Honor book.
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