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The Atrocities of the Pirates

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The unparalleled sufferings of the author during his captivity among the pirates.
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Lyons Press (first published March 1st 1997)
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This is a ripping yarn describing the author's adventures after being captured by pirates. In fact, it's such a riveting tale that one begins to suspect that mayhaps there could be more fiction than fact in here. It was written after the author returned to civilized society and had been in heated defense of accusations that he was a pirate himself. According to this memoir, Smith was a helpless captive forced to assist the pirates. He seems to learn a variety of languages and skills with ease an ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Phil rated it liked it
Not brilliant prose but a really interesting tale of true adventure. The author recounts his being a young seaman and his abduction by Cuban pirates. A jack of all trades, the evil pirate captain conscripts him to duty, mostly as a quasi-surgeon for the ship. Smith ultimately escapes and is tried for piracy himself. The story is, in a sense, his defense. I tended to buy the account of the unreliable narrator, but one must take it with a grain of salt given he was saving his own bacon with the ac ...more
The writing style reminded me of Daniel Defoe - which I have a difficulty with in general. The story itself was interesting but quite dry, and without the suspence of modern writing. It is the apparent account of an Aaron Smith, englishman, who gets kidnapped by pirates on his way home from Jamaica to England. It is quite gruesome, and it is difficult for me to tell whether the events described might actually be true, or fiction.

No doubt, pirates were somewhat terrorists of their day - but the w
Mark Goodwin
On the presumption that this is a work of non-fiction, it does tell the reader of what one can expect from being captured by pirates. Bearing in mind the corruption of the day and the unlawfullness that abounded, I do believe this is a true narrative of what the author underwent. I suspect that others had similar experinece. An interesting read and can easily be accomplised in one day. The one thing that does prerurb me is that the Captain of the Pirate Ship remains unidentified. I suppose it is ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Vaishali rated it did not like it
Shelves: biographies
Boring ! What should have been an accurate tell-all is instead a long-winded, hyped-up diatribe. Total number of atrocities: one, if you can call it that. Plus, there's no way of telling if Smith's tale is a lie since he constantly brags and congratulates himself throughout the story. There's even a convenient romance that pops up and disappears into nothing. A complete let-down.
Timothy Ferguson
Aug 23, 2012 Timothy Ferguson rated it really liked it
Shelves: librivox
An excellent piece of historical writing

Piracy, but with all the fiction and Disney drained out of it. Highly recommended, and brilliantly read in the Librivox edition.

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