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Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
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May 09, 11

bookshelves: fiction, classics, 19th-century, british-literature
Read from May 01 to 06, 2011

It rarely happens that a movie is better than the book, especially when it comes to the classics, but in this case the Spencer Tracy movie trumps Kipling's story. Kipling was a writer of adventure stories and was more adept at describing the technical details of sailing a fishing boat than he was at character development. The spoiled rich kid Harvey experiences an unrealistically sudden character transformation in the book; once he falls overboard the ocean liner and is picked up by the fishing boat, he accuses the captain of stealing his money, is soundly decked for it, and becomes a perfect angel for the rest of the trip. In the movie, his transformation is more gradual.
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