Captains Courageous

Captains Courageous

Book - 1981
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Baker & Taylor
A millionaire's spoiled son learns a lesson when, saved from drowning by a fishing schooner, he is made to share the crude life and hard work of his taunting rescuers

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books [c1981]
ISBN: 9780451523815
Branch Call Number: F KIP
Characteristics: 189 p. ; 18 cm


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Jul 22, 2019

For a fast paced, exciting tale of youth and the sea, put this Kipling book aside, read "Under Drake's Flag" or "Held Fast for England" by George A. Henty. This story by Kipling is hard to read because of his use of colloquial language and nautical terms. The story develops so slowly that it puts the reader to sleep like a rocking boat on ocean waves.

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.

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.

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.

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. ;)

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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Jul 22, 2019

Other: The N-word is used (at least) twice to refer to African-Americans.


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