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Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
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Captains Courageous (original 1897; edition 1981)

by Rudyard Kipling (Author)

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After being washed overboard from an ocean liner, fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne, spoiled son of a millionaire, is rescued by New England fishermen who put him to work on their boat.
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Title:Captains Courageous
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Captains Courageous: A Story of the Grand Banks by Rudyard Kipling (1897)

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I was coming of age (1962) ... whatever that means. So this book was appropriate. Plot is simple: spoiled, rich 15-year-old boy pulled from sea onto fishing schooner. He leaves the boat as a man. Dialogue was a bit challenging with fishermen lingo but I got through it. Good book with good message.

Quote from one of my favorite and important books I have read:

“Like many other unfortunate young people, Harvey had never in all his life received a direct order—never, at least, without long, and sometimes tearful, explanations of the advantages of obedience and the reasons for the request.” ( )
  LJCain | Sep 14, 2020 |
I had some difficulty with this book because much of it is written in a sailor's dialect. As I got into the book, the dialect became less and less of a problem. I enjoyed reading it despite not taking the time to understand the dialect.

This is a delightful coming of age story. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
a fun story of the sea. stuck in an airport with time to kill type reading. there was also some ayn rand flavor captains of industry worship as a bonus at the end. plus the sexism and racism that seems common among adventure type authors of that era. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
dropped because of wording. Why are there so many not understandable accents? Igh. No thanks. ( )
  Elizabeth723 | Dec 6, 2019 |
Beautifully illustrated unabridged hardcover with definitions of hard words in the margins, as well as pictures of the many dated things mentioned in the book.
  Andersonclan | Jul 13, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kipling, Rudyardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bunce, LouEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ormond, LeoneeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Lawrence BeallIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stahl, Ben F.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stuart, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taber, I. W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I ploughed the land with horses,
But my heart was ill at ease,
For the old sea-faring men
Came to me now and then,
With their sagas of the seas,
Longfellow.
Dedication
TO
JAMES CONLAND, M. D.,
Brattleboro, Vermont
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The weather door of the smoking-room had been left open to the North Atlantic fog, as the big liner rolled and lifted, whistling to warn the fishing-fleet. 
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After being washed overboard from an ocean liner, fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne, spoiled son of a millionaire, is rescued by New England fishermen who put him to work on their boat.

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