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"Ay, 'twas a cruel, cruel thing to fire on so young a lad," Ratsey said, as he stepped back a pace to study the effect of a Bag that he was chiselling on the Revenue schooner, "and trouble is likely to come to the other poor fellows taken, for Lawyer Empson says three of them will surely hang at next Assize. I recollect," he went on, "thirty years ago, when there was a bit...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 25th 1994 by Puffin Classics (first published 1898)
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Bart Breen
A Blast from the Past

Number me among the many who read this book in grade school back in the late 60's or 70's and the name stuck with me through the years.

Later as an adult, I returned to this book to read it anew and experience the magic again.

Yes, this is book designed for the younger reader. But as is the case with most well written books, all ages will find something to take away. Treasure Island, Kidnapped etc. are all of the same genre, but what makes Moonfleet unique is the tight identif...more
Tweety
This is probably the best YA book I have ever read. Only a few others were as good as this one was. After all, What can be better than Floating Coffins in a small village called Moonfleet with smugglers Galore, hairbreadth escapes on cliff paths which zigzag up in an alarming manner and a lost diamond?

John was wholly believable and likable, even if I did want to shake him till his teeth rattled. His substitute Father I liked better. He may have been a smuggler but he was a sight better then the...more
Robert
As in life, so in a game of hazard, skill will make something of the worst of throws.

Ich stehe auf Abenteuerromane und auf Texte, in denen das Meer immer wieder präsent ist. Kein Wunder also, dass mich der Umschlagtext von Falkners Moonfleet sofort angesprochen hat.
Die Hauptrolle spielt der verwaiste John Trenchard, der bei seiner Tante im verschlafenen Moonfleet in Dorset groß wird. Die Einwohner dieses Fischerdorfes ziehen sich mit Einbruch der Dunkelheit aus Angst vor dem Geist des grausamen...more
Trish Elizabeth
We were staying within walking distance of Moonfleet Manor, had dinner there and tea on one occasion, visited the church and I said i wanted to read this book haveing read the history wihtin the area, so my hubby kindly bought me this copy in a secondhand book shop.

I thoroughly enjoyed Moonfleet, made even more delightful because I knew and have walked this coastline.. when boats were wrecked I could envisage men desperately trying to scrabble back up the sheer shingle drop and totally failing...more
George Chittenden
I read this book as a journalist recently compared it to my debut 'The Boy Who Led Them', which is similar only in the sense that it's a smuggling adventure.

I really enjoyed reading Moonfleet. The novel had me turning pages at a rapid speed and was in no way predictable. Overall it has a moral to tell. I have to be honest and admit that it made me cry which is possibly the greatest compliment a reader can ever pay a writer. I found the relationship between tough guy smuggler Elziver Block and th...more
Joaquin Garza
El primo perdido y casi olvidado de ‘La Isla del Tesoro’. Moonfleet es una clásica novela victoriana dirigida a los ‘mancebos belicosos’ y a los ‘muchachos de buena voluntad’. Aquella época imperial, cuyo código de conducta consagrara Kipling en el poema ‘Si..’, nos dio espléndidos ejemplos de este tipo de historias formativas donde la intención siempre era exhortar a una juventud a conducirse con estándares de estoicismo, bonhomía, galantería, brío, garbo y demás.

Lo curioso de esta novela y d...more
Hesham Amin
قرأتها أكثر من مرة. تنتمي لأدب المغامرات. ربما جمالها ينبع من عودة البطل لبلدته القديمة و تحقيق حلمه رغم الظروف الغير مواتية. الجو العام للقصة جميل ثم نهاية سعيدة.
Jake Hartnett
I have to rate this book a minimal 2 stars, but it's not without a heavy heart.

The problem I had with this book is that it just didn't captivate me. I've found this to be quite common recently with classics as the same happened with The Time Machine. I'm not sure whether the ideas are just dated and the writing style is a little different. But having said that, other classics such as Treasure Island, and pretty much anything that Jules Verne has ever touched, have been very enjoyable reads.

I kn...more
Tony
Falkner, J. Meade. MOONFLEET. (1898). ****. This is a young man’s action/adventure novel that rivals Treasure Island in narrative and writing quality. It is mostly read by young Englishmen, but now spills over into the U.S. in this handsome new edition by the Folio society. The author was a strange agglomeration of characteristics: he was classically educated, married but childless, and though the author os several novels, only this one for young adults. The novel begins “in the fall of the year...more
Amr Tawwab
عواملٌ شتّى توضع عليها المقاديرُ حين يدوى صفيرُ التقدير
حياة جون ترنشارد أختزلها هو نفسه فى صفحاتٍ دون أخرى
لكنّها كانت الأكثر تورّداً .. و الأكثر حساسيّةً .. و الأكثر تعتّماً أيضاً
سياق الرواية عتيقٌ يرجع إلى الكلاسيكيّات المتأخّرة فى الأدب الإنجليزى المعاصر .. و ربّما جالت نفسى فى سينما النصف الأول من القرن العشرين حيث ترامت روايات المغامرات الدرامية التى ترمى لحلم البطل بالثراء و حبيبته البعيدة المنال .. و من ثمَّ يحدث ما يجعله يضرب فى الأرض كلّها بحثاً عن سبل تحقيق حلّمه فيكلل به حلمه الأكبر بن...more
Chris
Chesil Beach in Dorset is a spectacular bank of pebbles stretching for nearly twenty miles along the Dorset coast, running in a north-easterly direction from south of Weymouth. Behind it for part of its length is a freshwater lagoon called the Fleet. I have happy memories camping near Fleet village with my young son in the early nineties, exploring the area and visiting Portland Bill and Weymouth. But it hasn't always been known solely as a holiday area: in the 18th century smuggling was rife, a...more
Steve
I had never heard of this book until I ran across it on a list of classic literature. It's a wonderful adventure and coming of age story. It follows the life of John Trenchard as he grows up in a 18th century fishing village (also known for smuggling) and his adventures. Moonfleet is the name of the town which draws it's name from the original founders, the Malhouns, who are long dead at the time of the story. One Malhoun in particular, John Malhoun (also known as Blackbeard) was known to have a...more
Dorcas
This is one of my all time favorite YA books. It has everything : smugglers, a legend of treasure, the Dorset coast, blackbeard's corpse, floating caskets under the church floor, kidnapping, branding and even a mild love interest. I remember reading this for the first time when I was about 20 and I couldn't put it down. Treasure Island is good but IMO this is better. In fact, I think it's time for a reread :)
Sarah
How I loved this book. I had never heard of it growing up but recently found a most intriguing blog post, which speaks to the power of a good book review. When a grown woman recommends a boy's adventure story, it bears looking into.

I haven't read Robert Louis Stevenson so can't say whether it is Treasure Island-lite (as another reviewer noted, I also expected pirates and found none, though there are smugglers, shipwrecks, and hidden treasure), but the imagery is beautiful, the language is evocat...more
أحمد زهران

رواية جميلة خلصتها فى حوالى ساعة
وفى معانى كتير فـ كلامها وفعلا مهما طال الأمد الحق لازم يرجع لصحابة :)
Mahmoud Hussain
الروايه تذكرني بقصه دافيد كوبر فيلد او أمال عظيمه .. من الجائز ان يكون السبب هو ان البطل هو الراوي للقصه كما نجد احتمال ان الكاتب كان متعلقا بقصه علاء الدين .مثلا عندما حبس جون ترنشاد داخل القبر كما حدث مع علاء الدين عندما حبسه جعفر داخل الحفره التي كان بها الكنز و المصباح. إيضا عندما رفض جون ان يعطي الماسه للحارس و كان جون في البئر اعتقاداً منه ان الحارس اذا اخذ الماسه لن يهتم بحياته و سيرميه في البئر. فقد شبه الحارس بالساحر.
القصه تعتبر من أدب المغامرات .القصه بأختصار تقوم علي معنيين الصداقه ال...more
Rob Gast
My Dad told me about this book years ago, when I was a kid. A while back he gave me a copy that then sat on my shelf until one day I was bored and decided to give it a try. Once I got into and past the first chapter or so, I found myself drawn in.

I love the way Falkner is able to advance the storyline chapter by chapter, some chapters cover longer stretches of time than others, but you are never left feeling like the story is out of balance.

As a fan of 18th and 19th century literature, this book...more
Wafa

أحب الروايات التي كتبت في أواخر القرن التاسع عشر و أوائل القرن العشرين.
لا يوجد بها حبكة متقنة لكن السرد والوصف و الأحداث هي ما تجعلك تعيش روعة الرواية.. القليل من التشويق الذي ضمنه الكاتب روايته ممتع أيضا.. ذكرتني كثيرا برواية "العجوز والبحر" لهمنغواي.

نادمة جدا لأنني قرأتها مختصرة ..متأكدة أن الرواية كاملة لا تخلو من الروعة التي بترتها الترجمة المختصرة.
آخر مرة أقرأ كتاب مختصر لكنني لا أستطيع أن أرى كتابا أمامي (أيما كان) ولا أقرأه!!!
Andrew
A really good read for boys of all ages from 1898.A rip-roaring adventure story with a serious maritime back-bone of 18th century reality, set in the coastal Dorset village of Moonfleet, where 'landers'- contrabanders,scavengers of disasters in the local bay - are at work on wrecks dashed on the sand-bars and rocks below the village. The two main protagonists, teenage orphan John Trenchard & the heroic 'father-figure',Elzevir Block take-on all that fate throws into their paths - ending-up,in...more
Mark Adderley
This is a wonderful novel about smuggling that I read when I was a kid. There's a terrifying chapter in which the central character accidentally gets sealed in a family tomb, and a very suspenseful episode involving being lowered into the well of Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. Highly recommended to all lovers of adventure!
Etain Feeley
For anyone who enjoy's piratic adventure, this is definitely the read of a life time. It is a timeless novel and will, I think grip anyone, who has a love of both the supernatural and who is looking for a moralistic tale, that deals with many topics, such as avarice and the triumph of good over evil, It is also perhaps, a coming of age tale about a young boy, who gets ensnared in a world of crime and violence. I read Moonfleet, years ago and it made an ever lasting impression visually, with its...more
Malenkoe_zlo
I'm not adventure loving reader and first 50 pages seemed not to attract my attention. No tragic love, no aliens or fantasy worlds created by crazy author's imagionation - but describing young boy's pissing off. Maybe I just like to read about somebody's fail.

Anyway i have to finish it because of aqualung.
Yukiraking
I was supposed to read this book for Grade Nine English class. I didn't actually do it. I read maybe three or four chapters and declared eternal hatred for it and faked my way through the tests. I got horrible marks, I don't suggest doing that. But I made a deal with myself. I felt guilty for not reading the books I was assigned, and now that I'm older, I decided to give all my assigned reading from high school another go (since I only finished the reading for grade twelve, and none of my indepe...more
Edoardo Albert
There's a reason some books are classics: more than a century after it was written, 250 years past the time it commemorates, Moonfleet still drags the reader into the story as remorselessly as the undertow that pulls shipwrecked sailors from the shingle of Moonfleet beach. The story is always bracketed with Treasure Island and, no mean praise, Falkner's tale stands comparison with Robert Louis Stevenson. Elzevir Block might, at heart, be less ruthless than Long John Silver, but the hero, John Tr...more
Kathy
This is an older child's classic adventure story of pirates and treasure, a fatherless boy and the gruff, wise father figure who stays with him through thick and thin. I love the language and it is well read in the Librivox version.
David
Remarkable insofar as it is told from the point of view of a child in a town where he and the town are almost entirely in sympathy with smugglers. Well-written but let down by an increasingly implausible plot.
Fiona
Another home reader from high school. Probably when I was around twelve. I don't know what I'd think of it as an adult but it was a good story for that age group.
Ghaliya Al-Ajaji
I don't remember a lot about it...except they were near the sea and there was a love story..and maybe some kinda mafia involved..
Kristin
How had I had never heard of this wonderful book before? I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down! Moonfleet ranks right up there with Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, and all of the best adventure novels in literature. It is considered Young Adult I guess, but the writing is beautiful and eloquent, the plot is layered and exciting, the characters are so well-developed and believable that it didn't feel like a typical YA novel to me. The ending was incredible and layered with great meanin...more
Karen
A wonderful adventure story.
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