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Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
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Aug 01, 2009

it was ok

I liked the idea of this book, but not the execution. The plot and characters were lovely. The dialect and sailor talk and such made me want to throw the book against the wall. I understand the importance of making it seem authentic but sometimes I'd get to the end of a paragraph and think, "I have no idea what they just said." I'm no stranger to "ship speak" so that didn't bug as much as all the "aouwrs" and "taowns" and "fwhat's the good o' bodderin' fwhat...". The story got lost in the language.

I won't be keeping this book. I figure if I can't slog my way through it after 30-some-odd years of serious reading then there's no way my young boys can. And there is no way this could be a read-aloud with all the accents and such going on.

I so wish it were more intelligible because the story line, setting and all is very good. But it's not...

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David Caithness You hit the nail on the head. I had the exact same response to the interminable "sailor talk," and even question its authenticity.

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