Peter Simple
Frederick Marryat
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The story of a young naif in Nelson's navy, "Peter Simple", Marryat's signature work, is marked by memorable characters, a comic edge, and the kind of unerring detail that comes only from first-hand experience--a true masterpiece of the Golden Age of Sail.
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Mar 09, 2010 K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
Said it before, but I'll say it again...I love this author!!!

This is an early Marryat (his fourth to be exact) and I marvel so at his command of the language.

I know it has become generally known that a good book "should" catch you in the first sentence, but I don't go by that rule all that much as many, many, books fail to do so and only improve upon further acquaintence.

However, Marryat can be counted on to hook the reader immediately.

1st paragraph:

"If I cannot narrate a life of adventurou...more
M. Kei
A delightful novel by a man who was himself a naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars, it concerns the adventures of Peter Simple, the 'greatest fool in his family,' as he becomes a midshipman, falls in love, has adventures, and rises to high position. It bears a great resemblance to Voltaire's Candide in the earstwhile hero who suffers many adventures, falls in with colorful characters, who in turn relate their own adventures, including how they managed to survive a variety of picturesque deat...more
Kate Millin
I picked this up to read as I have fond memories of reading 'The children of the New Forest' written by the same author when I was a child (even though I don't remember much of the story). I found this very interesting and readable despite being written in the early 19th century - although it was a slow read.

Simple, peter may have been at the start. Early i the story , there is a delightful scene where he finds that his ship-mates have been using his account with the bumboat woman to make their...more
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Mar 25, 2008 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Naval fiction and adventure fans
Young Peter Simple has been told he lives up to his surname, and when he joins Nelson's Navy (as it is the "custom to sacrifice the greatest fool of the family to the prosperity and naval superiority of the country"), he certainly fits the role; He's a naïve boy of fourteen when he boards the H.M.S. Diomede, still prone to tears, sure to believe any lie he is told, and ripe for tormenting. But he learns--albeit slowly--and is soon off having adventures, both daring and embarrassing, with his fri...more
I remember that I loved this book. Sadly, no luckly, I cannot remember the details of it. I know I read a lot of it in the cold winter of Canberra, tucked away in a bath. It was my last year at ANU and I just recall that the words were beautiful and stole me away from my reality. I must read this again. LOL- i wonder what I thought of the story other than it was a 'Boys Own' adventure?
Really enjoyed this swashbuckling snapshot into British naval history. All the maritime vocab threw me a bit, but the underlying story was solid and a real page turner.
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Old friend I read as a child and I still like it at the age of 60!
Very good. The author has an uncommon knack for humor and turn of phrase.
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