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Preview — Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
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A pampered millionaire's son tumbles overboard from a luxury liner and falls into good fortune, disguised in the form of a fishing boat. The gruff and hearty crew teach the young man to be worth his salt as they fish the waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Brimming with adventure and humor....more
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I tried to take part in a bookish bingo challenge, and, patting myself on the back, I got this Rudyard Kipling booklet. How awful could it get, right?
It was so poorly paced that I thought I was reading a 900 paged book. Avoid this at all cost. ...more
Forced to spend a summer with fishermen (no radios or other ways to communicate where he is) - no chance that the men would drop him off after picking him up from the sea where he had fallen - he gets a good glimpse as he works with them of what their l ...more
First reading: August 2014
I didn't really expect to love a sailor's story but clearly I didn't have any idea how much Leadership Education can be cultivated on the dangerous fishing lines of the Atlantic. The book is totally different than anything else I have read by Kipling. It is an American story (as opposed to his more typical Indian writing), high adventure, perfect for boys (I couldn't keep my 7 year old away) (not to say that girls wouldn't enjoy it too) and ...more
Kipling has done a lot of research on North Atlantic fishing and the New England fishing crews. He gets the details rig ...more
The story was interesting, but just not THAT interesting. I guess I would class this as a minor sea story and a minor Kipling. If you are into Sea Stor ...more
But a century before these shows, there was a book that portrayed fishing and the folks whose lives depend on it. But it wasn't just a book about fishing; it ...more
'Master-man. Man-master,' said he. 'You remember, Dan Troop, what I said? On the We're here?'...more
'Well, I won't go so far as to deny that it do look like it as things stand at present,' said Dan. 'She was an able packet, an' one way an' another I owe her a heap _her and dad.'
'Me too,' quoth Harvey Cheyne.
I wish I could say I really liked this, but I can't. I liked it, I know that is splitting hairs, but it just doesn't leave me feeling wow. I loved the adventure, the fishing, and the rugged life of being at sea. I was not convinced that a (view spoiler)[a spoiled rotten rich kids attitude could be changed 180 degrees with one sock on the nose. (hide spoiler)]
This is a rare case of the movie being better than the book. ...more
When I finish a really good book I always fe ...more
The only reason I'm writing this review, or even including this on my book shelf for ...more
I absolutely loved the descriptions of the sea and the interaction between it and the boats. And Harvey. One of my favorites "...a low, gray mother-wave swung out of the fog, tucked ...more
It starts with a bang. Young 15 year old Harvey Cheyne, son of a wealthy family and spoiled, is on a sea voyage with his mother when they hit a storm in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, and he is washed overboard. Luckily for Harvey, the fishing fleet is working at the Grand Banks as well and one of the fishermen, out in ...more
As for the book, it is thoroughly enjoyable. I need not restate the plot, but I wonder how many of us living in the US today could live that kind of life, particularly young teenagers? I know there are kid ...more
But I enjoyed it anyway. Harvey's development from a spoiled brat into a hardworking young man was quite pleasing, and his friendship with Dan was the best. I don't know if I've ever come across a character name more delightful than "Disko Troop." Penn was sweet, and I have issues ...more
In some ways, it reminded me of an early version of "The Perfect Storm" (great book!) by Sebastian Junger.
Maybe a little "Moby Dick" thrown in; although, M.D. was much more technical and quite a bit longer.... : ) ...more
Most poignant moment: The loss of the Jennie Cushman. This showed more than anything else, I think, how Harvey had changed. ...more
There are two things I will mention though. The first is th ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Classic coming of age novel a young wealthy teenager who fell overboard on a cruise ship. His family feared he was dead but unknown to them he had been picked up by a fishing ship. [s]||3||16||Sep 12, 2019 01:37AM|
|ACPL Online Book ...: Captains Courageous-April||2||4||Apr 13, 2017 08:41AM|
|Goodreads Librari...: Please correct the title||3||16||Mar 02, 2017 03:37PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. novel about a rich boy who joins a fishing boat, maybe by Jack London [s]||5||22||Mar 07, 2014 08:17PM|
Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in ...more