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The Wing-and-Wing

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A classic story of love and sea warfare from one of America's greatest novelists.

The year is 1799. Admiral Caraccioli is about to be executed on Lord Nelson's flagship. Young and in love with Carracioli's daughter, the spirited French privateer Raoul Yvard and his wily American sailing master Ithuel Bolt harass the British fleet. Yvard is captured but cunningly escapes, s
Paperback, 424 pages
Published October 22nd 1998 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1842)
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I quite enjoyed this book. The writing wasn't quite as obtuse as the Leatherstocking Tales, and I do love a good pirate story. (Okay, so Yvard wasn't a pirate, but privateer is close enough!) There were some hysterical passages dealing with the English/French/Italian language barrier. The only fault I found with the book was that I didn't particularly care for the ending.
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A very good, but not excellent (as was "Last of the Mohicans") book by Cooper. It is apparent that Patrick O'Brian must have received some amount of inspiration from this 1842 book, with it's hijinks and capers of the high seas up and down the Italian western coast. The protagonists are for the most part strongly cast, except for the woman of the book who is a slab sided religious bore. Apart from her, Yvard is the dashing and romantic French captain, steadfast to la Republique to the last, Ithu ...more
Overall, a good story. A little long winded, but that's to be expected in the time and genre. The characters are easily likeable, plus I learned some vessel jargon, which might come in handy for me later on. Raoul is one of those classic maritime hero characters you can't help but enjoy, if not fully love.
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James Fenimore Cooper was a popular and prolific American writer. He is best known for his historical novel The Last of the Mohicans, one of the Leatherstocking Tales stories, and he also wrote political fiction, maritime fiction, travelogues, and essays on the American politics of the time. His daughter Susan Fenimore Cooper was also a writer.

* The Leatherstocking Tales
* The Littlepage Man
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