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The History And Remarkable Life Of The Truly Honorable Colonel Jacque, Commonly Called Colonel Jack

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Like several of the main characters in Defoe's stories (Captain Singleton, Moll Flanders), Colonel Jacque never really knew his real parents; and he is always looking out for the main chance. His chief interest is commerce, and he becomes an Anglo-Saxon trader. It is the story of his successful trading which probably accounts for the continued popularity of this story thro ...more
Paperback, 600 pages
Published May 15th 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1722)
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W.D. Clarke
What a strange (now out-of-print) book with which to cap this little Defoevian fling I've been having (at least as far as fiction goes, as I still have the massive A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain to travel), as several of the parts of this novel are much greater than the sum.

The opening section, in particular, recounting the Colonel's ragamuffin street-urchin Fagin-esque upbringing is among the best of Defoe for me, as he employs his unmatched "just the facts, ma'am"-ism in the
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Vittorio Ducoli
Nascita dell'eroe borghese (in tono minore)

Alla faccia dell’odierna fobia per le anticipazioni della trama (lo spoiler, come oggi si chiama in ossequio ad una prona genuflessione a tutto ciò che sa di ameregano che sfiora ormai il tragicamente ridicolo e certifica – se ve ne fosse bisogno – la morte cerebrale dell’intelligenza collettiva di questo Paese) il titolo originale di questo libro è The History and Remarkable Life of the truly Honourable Col. Jacque, commonly call'd Col. Jack, who was B
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Jim
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is much like an 18th century Horatio Alger story, about a London pickpocket who becomes rich after many adventures (including multiple pirate attacks) and finds God and Gold. I give Colonel Jack four stars only because the first hundred pages (in which our hero is living a life of crime) are so good. As Daniel Defoe continues piling incident upon incident, however, I began to lose interest, especially when Jack turns pious:
’Tis evident by the long series of changes and turns which have appe
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Idees Livres Mandarine
Et oui, je suis généreuse pour la notation mais ce livre que je qualifierais de VRAI livre d'aventure. Quel plaisir de lecture ! C'est un retour aux sources et aux livres qui vous permettent de vous évader, de voir du pays et de faire la connaissance d'aventuriers comme il n'en existe plus aujourd'hui ou très peu et on a l'impression de faire partie de ces découvreurs ... Ce livre est tout d'abord drôle, Defoe a un humour formidable qu'il faut trouver entre les lignes, il est subtile et plaisant ...more
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Visto che la mia vita è stata un campo di giuoco per la natura ...
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Katharine
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c18
Actually read a printed-out PDF from ECCO. Wouldn't recommend this edition, which is ugly as all get-out.

Fabulous weird book.
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