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Captains Courageous (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 7, 2005
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0142437719  
EAN  9780142437711  

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Item Description...
Harvey Cheyne, the spoiled son of an American millionaire, learns valuable lessons about life, responsibility, determination, and self-reliance when, saved from drowning by a fishing schooner, he is forced to share the crude life and hard work of his taunting rescuers. Reprint.

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First published in 1897, Captains Courageous tells of the high-seas adventures of Harvey Cheyne, the son of an American millionaire, who, after falling from a luxury ocean liner, is rescued by the raucous crew of the fishing ship We're Here. Obstinate and spoiled at first, Harvey in due course learns diligence and responsibility and earns the camaraderie of the seamen, who treat him as one of their own. A true test of character, Harvey's months aboard the We're Here provide a delightful glimpse of life at sea and well-told morals of discipline, empathy, and self-reliance.

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Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is best remembered for children's tales such as The Jungle Book as well as his poetry and stories about British soldiers in India, which include "Gunga Din" and The Man Who Would Be King. Kipling was enormously popular at the turn of the 20th century but his reputation declined with the change in attitude toward British imperialism. In recent years Kipling's works have found new acclaim as a vibrant source of literary and cultural history.

Rudyard Kipling lived in Bombay Bombay. Rudyard Kipling was born in 1865 and died in 1936.

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More Cod Than Courage  Mar 7, 2010
The very title, "Captains Courageous," has rung in my ears from childhood. It conjures images of pirates, sharks, whales, mutiny and derring-do, and skulduggery upon the high seas. Under 150 pages, I figured it would be a fast read.

Kipling tells a good tale here, and he paints vivid characters with salty dialect and attention to fishing details. Young Harvey goes overboard from an ocean liner, grieved by his millionaire parents, but rescued by a passing schooner. He soon finds himself working the decks and dories of the ship "We're Here," while befriending Dan, the son of memorable Disko Troop. He grows up while on the seas, gets his hands roughened, and his spirit strengthened.

This is no grand adventure, though. Most of the action is told by fishermen gathered after a hard day's work. I kept waiting for something frightening, suspenseful, or heroic, but instead I grew more familiar with the fishing tactics of the late 1800s. While it does have its moments of interest, and the research seems complete, "Captains Courageous" seemed to have more cod-fishing than courage on display.

In the end, both young and old learn lessons from Harvey's time at sea, and they are all the better for it. Honestly, though, I'm surprised this story has stood the test of time as well as the much more interesting "The Jungle Book."
No Pirates; Spoiled Rich Brat Comes of Age with Earthy Fishermen  Jun 17, 2009
Seriously, watch the movie instead. This 'classical' work is full of accents (o -> aou, as in naouw rather than now) and nautical jargon. Deciphering them detracts from the experience of reading.

Harvey Cheyne falls off his cruise line and gets picked up by poor fishermen. They don't believe he's rich and make him work, beating the bad habits out of him (violence solves problems, nice life lesson). Harvey accepts his situation unrealistically fast. The major conflict is over within twenty-five pages, and swiftly the novel is reduced to a tedium of everyday life on a fishing boat circa 1890, English waters. The other high point (near the end) is Harvey having a heart-to-heart talk with his Dad about his adventures.

So, good beginning and end, but tedious and boring middle. This is more of a window into old fisher customs than a coming-of-age novel. As a man's man, Captain Long Jack finds his way into derivative works, and I was curious enough to read the original. This 'classic' work needs modern editing for readability and story flow.

Check out more reviews under the Kindle edition link below, if curious. I read the physical book, so that's what I've reviewed.

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. Published by MobileReference (mobi).
An Inspired Adaptation of a Classic Coming of Age Adventure Tale  Sep 23, 2008
This could be a difficult book to adapt for a modern children's audience, in that the much of the setting unfortunately is outdated and perhaps not immediately relatable to the Ipod generation.

But the adaptation found here manages to score in all categories. Nicely edited for young audiences, and filled with illustrations, this book is great nighttime reading and will captivate boys of all ages. I spent more than a month reading this one with a few of my younger sons and they looked forward to it every night. A can't miss.
Beautiful book, IF you can read phonetics AND skim  Sep 14, 2008
This is a great book with a classic theme - and a fantastic depiction of a long-gone time and place. In a nutshell: the rich, snotty, spoiled, neglected teenager who's never done a day's work in his life falls off his Atlantic ocean-liner and ends up rescued by a tough, working-class fishing schooner where they refuse to believe he's rich, refuse to take his nonsense, and instead impress him into work - and in so doing help him find his humanity. I love the theme not just for its overt message, but because of the metaphor it encapsulates: that anyone can blossom in the right environment. Kudos, Rudyard Kipling: not bad for a book written in 1897!

Now my complaints:

1) The book dragged, especially in the paunchy middle. Too often the drama faded and the story became an endless repetition of fisherman's chores. Here I skimmed, to little loss.

2) Many of the fisherman's stories made no sense to me, and it wasn't for lack of trying on my side. Frustrating! Many times I found myself wishing for textual annotations.

3) In that vein: I found a hefty chunk of the dialogue unreadable. I'm pretty good at reading phonetics, which helped a lot, but many times when I decoded a word it proved only to be obscure, archaic maritime vocabulary.

4) I get tired of books (modern or old) that extol violence as a necessary cure for spoiled kids. Yes, I understand how the captain punching the boy in the nose "worked" in this context, but violence proponents (and Kipling) too easily ignore the twisted motives hidden behind parental violence, not to mention the reality that violence ultimately begets resentment, primitiveness, and more violence.
You really learn about working life in those times  Jun 18, 2008
This is still a great book for young readers (and old ones) who want to know what working life was really like for some in the eastern U.S. and Canada a hundred years ago. No picnic. The great thing is seeing it all in a gripping, often amazing, based-on-fact tale that centers on several teenaged boys who are part of a crew of a New England fishing boat. Death, mayhem, hardship, struggle, grim lessons, ultimate triumph in its strange way--all here along with a great portrait of poor men from all parts scraping to make a living on the sea. For what it tells about our history and the kinds of life our great-grandfathers led, this is Kipling's best, in my opinion.

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