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Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen by Jules…

Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen (1878)

by Jules Verne

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A reasonable offering from Verne's lesser known stories, but rather uneven. The achievements of Dick Sand seemed unrealistic for a 15 year old, but if they were true, why refer to him as the novice throughout the book - this seemed increasingly inappropriate. Given that Verne's mother's family were slave traders, it was good to see moral opposition to the slave trade here. By Verne's standards, some of the black characters, especially Hercules and Tom, were portrayed fairly positively. Parts of the second half, after they discovered they had landed in Africa rather than South America, were chilling and horrific, especially the death march of the slaves. ( )
  john257hopper | Sep 3, 2011 |
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Also published as: "Boy Captain: Adventures on Land and Sea", "Dick Sand, or a Captain at Fifteen", "Dick Sands, or the Boy Captain"
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On a voyage from New Zealand to North America, a fifteen-year-old apprentice finds himself in charge of the ship and its passengers when the captain and his crew are drowned during a whaling expedition.

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