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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.
head aching too, a ...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 ...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
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 ...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?'
'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.
When I finish a really good book I always ...more
The only reason I'm writing this review, or even including this on my book shelf for ...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 ...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
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.... : )
Most poignant moment: The loss of the Jennie Cushman. This showed more than anything else, I think, how Harvey had changed.
There are two things I will mention though. The first is ...more
Kipling has done a lot of research on North Atlantic fishing and the New England fishing crews. He gets the details ...more
On the plus side, ...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