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3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  3,188 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
"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
May 25, 2012 Bart Breen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bettie☯
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Abigail Bok
I am a huge fan of the children’s books of the Golden Age (from, let us say, Alice in Wonderland to The Hobbit). The best ones combine corking-good yarns with deeper overtones of myth and spirituality, and focus on ethics in a nonpreachy way. I admire their authors’ gift for dropping the reader straight into the middle to the tale, in contrast to the literary trends of the time, and for holding the reader in suspense. As a sucker for vocabulary, I also love that they don’t “write down” to their ...more
James McCormick
May 08, 2016 James McCormick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smugglers, betrayal, murder, love, avarice, it would be difficult to say what Falkner’s late 18th Century tale of adventure doesn’t have. In my opinion Moonfleet equals Stevenson’s or Twain’s works although it’s never quite received the same recognition.

As with Jim Hawkins or Huck Finn, the tale’s main character and first person narrator, is a young boy, John Trenchard, yet I would argue that in terms of characterisation Falkner’s work is superior to these two other works, for the maturational
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Amr Tawwab
Mar 16, 2013 Amr Tawwab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
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
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Tweety
Mar 20, 2015 Tweety rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tweety by: Dorcas
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 th
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Casceil
Written in 1898, Moonfleet has held up well for its age. Its an adventure story/coming of age story about a likeable character who makes mistakes and pays for them. Some of the coincidences require serious amounts of suspension of disbelief, but it is the sort of story that makes you feel like everything is fated, anyway.
Jürgen Zeller
Aug 26, 2016 Jürgen Zeller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Geschichte von "Moonfleet" soll gemäss Information auf der Liebeskind-Verlagsseite in England deutlich bekannter sein als in deutschen Sprachgefilden, in der sie quasi unbekannt ist. Die Originalerzählung aus dem Jahre 1898 wurde bereits einmal auf Deutsch übersetzt und erschien vor etwas mehr als 20 Jahren im Fischer Verlag. Dieses Ausgabe ist aber im besten Fall nur noch antiquarisch erhältlich. Im Liebeskind Verlag ist in diesem Frühjahr eine Neuübersetzung von Michael Kleeberg erschienen ...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 grausame
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Trish Elizabeth
Oct 08, 2012 Trish Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah
Mar 05, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
Renee M
Not as good as Treasure Island, but lots of fun. An exciting tale of smugglers and treasure.
Chris
Oct 12, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
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
Lee Broderick
'I have just finished rereading Moonfleet, after a lifetime of knowing full well that I had been read it as a boy, but, I confess, remembering very little about it, only that I had enjoyed it hugely. But then as I read it again, nearly sixty years on, I discovered that my recollection of this great adventure story had not been lost at all, nor was it confused, as I had thought it might be, with other stories of smugglers and pirates and lost treasure. On the contrary, with every page I turned t
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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
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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
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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
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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 :)
Joaquin Garza
Apr 08, 2014 Joaquin Garza rated it really liked it
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
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Tony
Oct 04, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Johnny Waco
Falkner's late-nineteenth century tale of smugglers on the remote coast of southern England is a little bit Twain and a whole lot Stevenson, but despite the strong influences, it is enjoyable and often thrilling. Orphan John Trenchard falls in with the only men in his small village of Moonfleet who care about him, but it turns out they are smugglers, landing spirits to circumvent the steep tarriffs imposed by the revenuers who seem to have their spies all around. An ambush, a ghost story, a trea ...more
Steve
Jul 05, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!!!
Rosemarie
This is an adventure story with a young narrator, smugglers, a hidden treasure and lots of action. The setting is the fictional village of Moonfleet, a fishing village close to a wild and rocky shore. As can be expected, the hero has many exciting and difficult experiences, accompanied throughout by his mentor and friend. It is more than an adventure story, however, as it shows the narrator growing up and discovering what is truly important in life.
Vanessa Norhausen
Mar 16, 2016 Vanessa Norhausen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If, like me, you have a thing for Victorian adventure stories, then this is the book for you. It ended up on my reading list while I read Treasure Island last year. In a similar fashion, this is told from the protagonist's perspective. It's a beautiful story about friendship and coming of age set in the rough landscapes of Dorset.
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!
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.
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.
Kathy
Mar 12, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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John Meade Falkner, the son of a country cleryman, was born in 1858. After taking his degree at Oxford, he went to Newcastle-upon-Tyne as a private tutor to the sons of Andrew Noble. When they had grown up he stayed on with the family, and entered the firm where Sir Andrew worked. He travelled a great deal for the firm, particularly to the Balkans, helping to export warships and armaments, for whi ...more
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