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Masterman Ready

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published 1841)
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Tharindu Dissanayake
"Necessity sharpens a man's wits;"

'Masterman Ready' is a complete adventure in many aspects in my opinion, checking most of which are usually expected from a story like this. The story is very detailed at at the same time very engaging, emphasizing almost all the difficulties to add a great deal of realism in to it, and at the same time allowing the reader to enjoys the hard earned rewards by the characters. I felt the two sub-plots, Ready's life story and Mr. Seagrave's animal instincts descrip
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Thomas
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very similar to Swiss Family Robinson in plot. Like the fact that they refer to God quite a bit, and talk about the different wonders of creation as well. Short, easy to read chapters make it easy to just read a little bit at a time.
Justin Neville
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 1841 novel for young readers is - to the contemporary reader - really dreadful.

It is cringeworthily and heavy-handedly moralistic and didactic. And the values it espouses and is trying to indoctrinate in its young readers are, in many ways, a million miles from our own.

So why the four stars?

Partly because, damn it, he's such a good writer. It is gripping, despite being predictable. And heartwarming, despite being implausible.

And partly because - to be frank - I got a huge kick out of fee
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Marianne Gregory
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
After Mr Midshipman Easy, my expectations were too high for this book...
Jeff
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book for kids. I still love the book
Thilss Adiya
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loveeeeeeeeeeeed it. My childhood was awesome cs of the books like Masterman Ready, Coral Island, The Black Arrow, Kidnap , Treasure Island n Robinson Crso
J.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
In his latter years, Marryat turned to mostly juvenile literature, and Masterman Ready is one of those works. it must be taken as a a product of its time and, as such, is not as interesting as Marryat's adult seafaring adventures. The Seagrave family is shipwrecked on the typical desert island with a faithful, wise, and practical old seaman, Masterman Ready. With his untiring help they build shelter, survive, repel attacks by savages, and are finally rescued. The family stranded on a desert isla ...more
Larry Piper
May 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
A hundred years ago, this was considered a children's classic. It tells the story of the Seagrave family who are ship wrecked on a south sea island along with a wizened old sailor, Masterman Ready. That sounds like it might be a gripping story, but it's not. It switches between didactic lessons regarding how the protagonists salvage their ship and set up housing for themselves and procure sources of food, along with pious discourses on how all is ordered by God's great, beneficial providence.

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Jennifer Dudley
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me by my Grandmother who was an 8th grade english teacher. This made me feel so big it had way more than 100 pages. I was in 4th grade at the time and dyslexic so did not read much. But Wow I was so inthralled with the story that my school teachers had to pry it out of my hands so I would do my school work, once home my parents gave up and let me read till the last page.

Later I found myself using some of the teachings of Ready which he thought the family for survival on th
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Amy Griffith
Among my favorite Marryat books. Similar to Swiss Family Robinson or Robinson Crusoe but a bit easier to read.
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