Captains Courageous

Captains Courageous

Large Print - 2010
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The only one of Kipling's novels to be cast in an American setting, Captains Courageous endures as one of literature's most cherished and memorable sea adventures. Harvey Cheyne, spoiled millionaire's son, tumbles overboard from a luxury liner--only to be rescued by the crew of a Gloucester schooner. Thus begins the boy's second voyage into the rugged rites and ways of sailors. Like all Kipling's masterworks, Captains Courageous is an interweaving of art and moral purpose. Angus Wilson has said that it shows "delicacy of craft and violence of feeling, exactitude and wile impressionism, subtlety and true innocence." A popular favorite since its first publication in 1897, the novel remains a classic story of youthful initiation--and a lively tribute to the author's famous code of bravery, loyalty, an honor among men.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Kennebec Large Print, 2010, 1897
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410434098
Branch Call Number: LP KIPL
Characteristics: 233 p

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MontMoroc
Jan 12, 2018

Refreshing; a transport back to a time and place when hard work is required, children mature quickly, reversals of fortune are dramatic, and where the least of us has an important role to play in the overall scheme of things. Life aboard a commercial fishing vessel in the nineteenth century was brutal: requiring hard, hard work, sleeplessness, constant physical danger, unforgiving conditions, and where the workplace is populated by sturdy, ruthless people. Big business interests, similarly. A story of survival at the school of hard knocks.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 02, 2014

I'm sure Kipling and his fans wish he'd never written that stupid "White Man's Burden" poem as, 100 years later, it tends to color his work and make him seem like the poet of imperialism. He only wrote three novels: the autobiographical "The Light that Failed," the India-set "Kim," and "Captains Courageous," one of his most popular works and the basis for the Spencer Tracy film. His only book set in America (where he lived for a time), it's both a sea adventure and a bildungsroman about a spoiled rich kid who learns a few lessons. It's fun, but it's very much a boy's adventure and is inferior to his contemporary Stevenson. Was quite possibly an influence on the adventure stories of London and Hemingway.

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madishoemake
Feb 04, 2012

Hmm.... kwsmith have you by chance seen the movie Captains Courageous with Spencer Tracy? Terrific-- by far one of my favorite movies. Right up there with Gunga Din. ;)

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kwsmith
Dec 10, 2009

Harvey Cheyne, the spoiled son of a wealthy railroad magnate, is washed overboard from a transatlantic steamship and rescued by fishermen. This classic coming-of-age tale is not one of Kipling's best works.

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Oct 31, 2011

221b_GreenPanda thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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