Captains Courageous

Captains Courageous

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Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title--offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

This edition of Captains Courageous includes an Introduction, Biographical Note, and Afterword by R.L. Fisher.

Harvey Cheyne fell oveboard off a luxury liner and was saved by the schooner We're Here . But instead of thanking his rescuers, the filthy rich, spoiled rotten kid demanded the Gloucester fishermen sail back to New York. Then Harvey got the shock of his life.

A punch in the mouth.

Capt. Disko Troop didn't know who Harvey's millionaire dad was. And didn't care. His ship would return to port when her holds were full--in about six months.

The world of Disko and Dan Troop, Long Jack, Salters and mad Penn. A world of struggle and backbreaking challenge, where honor meant more than money, and trust meant more than fame. Where men's minds, hearts, and strong muscles were pitted against the awesome majesty, fury, and terror of the unending depths: the world of wooden ships and high seas.

And if Harvey Cheyne survived, his life would never be the same.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Assoc., 1992, c1988.
Edition: 1st Tor ed.
ISBN: 9780812504385
0812504380
9780553211900
0553211900
Call Number: KIPLING
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 18 cm
Subjects: Children of the rich -- Fiction.
Saltwater fishing -- Fiction.
Fishing boats -- Fiction.
Teenage boys -- Fiction.
Rescues -- Fiction.
Fishers -- Fiction.
Grand Banks of Newfoundland -- Fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Sea stories.

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Is this the abridged version? I am reading a version right now with so much fisherman’s talk I don’t know half of what the people are saying.

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RoyalJellyIII
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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