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Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
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Aug 18, 11

bookshelves: classics, historical-fiction
Read in August, 2011

This is part story and part study of the life of the fishermen on the Grand Banks. That combination makes for a less dramatic book than it might have been if it had focused on the story of the spoiled rich boy who falls off a cruise liner and is forced to work on a fishing boat for an entire summer. Then the dramatic structure is even further stretched to accomodated the story of the boy's father and what it means to be a railroad tycoon. This is Rudyard Kipling, and all of that, but I have to admit that the movie with Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew was better than the book. I strongly recommend the movie. The book, not so much.

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