Cup of Gold
Questo è Henry Morgan secondo un'incisione del XVIII.
Questo è Henry Morgan secondo Il cigno nero di Henry King.
Questo è Henry Morgan secondo Morgan, the pirate di André De Toth.
E insomma, ce ne sono tanti altri, questa qui non è una rappresentazione visiva di tutti i Morgan del piccolo e grande schermo. Sembra che da tutte e tre le immagini traspaia un Morgan forzuto - vorrei ben vedere, fare il pirata è una bella attività motoria -, barbuto come di regola e robusto.
Del suo car...more
Cup of Gold launched Steinbeck's literary career and has the distinction of being his only historical novel. From a Steinbeck fan POV, this book fascinated me. The flashes of Steinbeck phrase-ology peeked through like the sun on a mostly overcast day in the first and last chapters, while the middle...more
The novel is based on the life Sir Henry Morgan, the famous buc...more
Ending was way too abrupt though. Scenes jumped from time period to time period and it was disorientating (not actually very confusing, but since we have been following Henry Morgan's adventures pretty closely the sudden leap in time was annoying) and doesn't wrap the story nicely.
From the point in time after Henry's return from Panama where he has just proposed to Elizabeth, to a scene with the King where he is apparentl...more
I went into Cup Of Gold with excitement, but I was prepared to be let down. After all, it has been said that Steinbeck himself didn't even acknowledge the book as his. However, being that it doesn't seem to be read very often, I had trouble locating a copy for quite a while until I stumbled upon it at one of the Pegasus Book stores in Berkeley for a couple dollars.
I immediately went to work on the book and found myself pleasantly su...more
Henry Morgan - wenige Freibeuter, Bukaniere oder schlichte Piraten haben es geschafft, einen solchen Bekanntheitsgrad über die Jahrhunderte zu erhalten wie dieser Waliser, dessen Name als Synonym für den Piraten schlechthin gilt. In dem vorliegenden Roman verfolgt der Leser den ehrgeizigen, vom Ziel der Eroberung einer spanischen Schatzstadt besessenen Jungspund; von der Kindheit über seinen größten Triumph, der Plünderung des "Goldbechers" Panama, bi...more
I found the book to be interesting. Plot and transitions moved quickly. Dialogue, the early Welsh voice in particular, was realistic and brought the characters...more
- As the first of Steinbeck's novels, it is neat to see this rougher (comparatively) version of his descriptive prose, his ability to describe much with an unmatched economy of words.
- Steinbeck had a fascination with Arthurian legend. Knowing this, it is fun to pick out the parallels here and there
- It is a fast moving read, so no time is really "wasted" even if it is n...more
In Steinbeck's mostly fictional story, Morgan goes in search of the Rose of Panama City, a woman of legendary beauty. He attacks Panama City, killing many, and making a name fo...more
"'But did you never want the moon?' asked Henry in a voice hushed with the room's quiet.
'I wanted it. Above all desires I wanted it. I reached for it and then-then I grew to be a man, and a failure. But there is this gift for the failure; folk know he has failed, and...more
It was published in 1929. I don't think we'd classify it as historical fiction today. There were long boring passages describing peripheral things. The plot never really developed. The characters were one dimensional. I really didn't like Henry. But worse than not liking him, I didn't really care what hap...more
How does a human being have their first attempt at writing a novel be this good?
The writing is fantastic, and the portrait of Captain Henry Morgan as a brutal and ruthless pirate is incredibly believable.
I will never again be able to see a bottle of Captain Morgan Rum without thinking of the sacking of Panama(The Cup of Gold) and Morgan's obtuse lust for t...more
A STANDOUT in the Steinbeck canon, Cup of Gold is edgy and adventurous, brash and distrustful of society, and sure to add a new dimension to the common perception of this all-American writer. Steinbeck's first novel and sole work of historical fiction contains themes that resonate throughout the author's prodigious body of work. From the mid-1650s through the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of legendary viciousness, ruled the Spanish Main. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and America, stri...more
it is about a famous pirate in the 1800's who leaves wales, gets tricked into indentured servitude in jamaica, and eventually achieves the greatest pirating accomplishment of the time, capturing panama, but for all the wrong reasons. it is more about him finding his direction in life,...more
In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley...more
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"These are the ghosts of treasures ost at sea," the cook went on, "the murder things, emeralds and diamonds and gold; the sins of men, committed for them, stick to them and make them haunt the ocean. Ah! It's a poor thing if a sailor will not make a grand tale about it."
Henry pointed to a great tortoise asleep on the surface. "And what is the tale of the turtles?" He asked.
"Nothing; only food...”