Captains Courageous

Captains Courageous

eBook - 2016
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This dramatic nineteenth-century nautical adventure and classic coming-of-age story is one of Rudyard Kipling's most enduringly popular works. Harvey Cheyne Jr., the teenage son of a millionaire American railroad tycoon, is sailing to Europe on a luxury liner when he falls overboard off the coast of Newfoundland. He's saved from drowning by the We're Here, a New England fishing schooner captained by Disko Troop. He's alive, but his tough new companions find him to be spoiled and ignorant. Desperate to get back to the world he knows, Harvey must prove his worth as one of the crew by mastering the challenging tasks and physical labor of life at sea. With help from the captain's son, Dan, he braves a number of risky exploits and adventures as they travel along the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Shedding his expectations of a pampered life, Harvey begins to embrace the tough work of a fisherman. Filled with thrilling action, this classic sea story will delight and excite readers of all ages.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Open Road Media,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781504041133
Characteristics: 1 online resource (160 pages)

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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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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

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