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I m writing this review to honour the likes that my friends have bestowed upon this book I tried to take part in a bookish bingo challenge, and, patting myself on the back, I got this Rudyard Kipling booklet How awful could it get, right It was so poorly paced that I thought I was reading a 900 paged book Avoid this at all cost. A story of how one 15 year old rich boy s moment of bad luck changes his life, from spoiled brat to a mature, better person with solid values who can work well with others and doesn t need to prove his worth with questionable things and boasting Forced to spend a summer with fishermen no radios or other ways to communicate where he is no chance that the men would drop him off after picking him up from the sea where he had fallen he gets a good glimpse as he works with them of what their l A story of how one 15 year old rich boy s moment of bad luck changes his life, from spoiled brat to a mature, better person with solid values who can work well with others and doesn t need to prove his worth with questionable things and boasting Forced to spend a summer with fishermen no radios or other ways to communicate where he is no chance that the men would drop him off after picking him up from the sea where he had fallen he gets a good glimpse as he works with them of what their life is like and gradually his flaws are replaced with the things I ve mentioned It s nice to see in the end that even after the summer he stays in contact with them particularly Dan, a boy near his age who was one of the crew on that boat he s definitely heading for a better future, a better man that what would ve been if he hadn t had that moment of misfortune, falling off the big ship into the life on fishermen s boat called We re Here.I read this first somewhere around my early teens no Nancy Drew or other aimed for girls books for me, I read adventure, mystery and scifi books most of the time it was then in its Finnish translation I still love this book A great adventure I read most of this aloud to my older boys as I was putting them to sleep at night, and I think that s probably the best way to navigate through Kipling s tale It s a lot of fun, but if you re reading silently, not trying on the accents as Kipling s written them, I think you miss a lot This book is chock full of sailing terms that Kipling never explains, nor does he provide a glossary, but I liked this Much of the time, I didn t understand what the characters were talking about in their daily I read most of this aloud to my older boys as I was putting them to sleep at night, and I think that s probably the best way to navigate through Kipling s tale It s a lot of fun, but if you re reading silently, not trying on the accents as Kipling s written them, I think you miss a lot This book is chock full of sailing terms that Kipling never explains, nor does he provide a glossary, but I liked this Much of the time, I didn t understand what the characters were talking about in their daily business of sailing and fishing, but in a way my experience mirrored that of the main character, spoiled landlubber brat who is forced to get his sea legs Kipling s narration somewhat mirrors the slang and dialect of his characters, so it is very much a character itself, and I m glad he didn t step out of it to explain the slang and terms It would have shattered the illusion A lot of readers don t like this They want to understand everything they read I think some literature, like some film, can be an unexplainable but nevertheless vivid experience, like a Terence Malick film with muchhumor and swagger We all celebrate Shakespeare, but if you don t allow the swing and rhythm of his language to envelop you, you re going to work very hard to explain every line to yourself rather than just experience it as it unfolds This book is the same way This book was a refreshing change from modern life Suddenly I found myself among cod fisherman, learning the ropes alongside our hero, Harvey, and listening to sea ditties thanks to the vastly entertaining Audible version of this book Kipling brings pure adventure with his lively plots filled with near misses, ghostly fog, and surly sailors His skillful writing always makes me pause There are many interesting turns of phrase but also great variety in the types of sentences, verb selections This book was a refreshing change from modern life Suddenly I found myself among cod fisherman, learning the ropes alongside our hero, Harvey, and listening to sea ditties thanks to the vastly entertaining Audible version of this book Kipling brings pure adventure with his lively plots filled with near misses, ghostly fog, and surly sailors His skillful writing always makes me pause There are many interesting turns of phrase but also great variety in the types of sentences, verb selections and wry observations of humanity in his work I enjoyed this book so muchthan I expected to This is Kipling s only novel concerning North America It is consistent with his others in the underlying theme that experience is the great teacher Harvey Cheyne is a coddled adolescent whose parents wealth he takes for granted The bulk of the story concerns his going over the rail on an Atlantic steamship crossing and being rescued by the crew of a Great Banks fishing boat.Kipling has done a lot of research on North Atlantic fishing and the New England fishing crews He gets the details rig This is Kipling s only novel concerning North America It is consistent with his others in the underlying theme that experience is the great teacher Harvey Cheyne is a coddled adolescent whose parents wealth he takes for granted The bulk of the story concerns his going over the rail on an Atlantic steamship crossing and being rescued by the crew of a Great Banks fishing boat.Kipling has done a lot of research on North Atlantic fishing and the New England fishing crews He gets the details right as he does with his shorter description of American railroads late in the story Much of the plot is predictable and the details not nearly as interestingly presented as Patrick O Brian does in his books called the Aubrey Maturin series.Glad I read it, but the old movie with Spencer Tracey was quite adequate Second reading November 2016First reading August 2014 I didn t really expect to love a sailor s story but clearly I didn t have any idea how much Leadership Education can be cultivated on the dangerous fishing lines of the Atlantic The book is totally different than anything else I have read by Kipling It is an American story as opposed to histypical Indian writing , high adventure, perfect for boys I couldn t keep my 7 year old away not to say that girls wouldn t enjoy it too and Second reading November 2016First reading August 2014 I didn t really expect to love a sailor s story but clearly I didn t have any idea how much Leadership Education can be cultivated on the dangerous fishing lines of the Atlantic The book is totally different than anything else I have read by Kipling It is an American story as opposed to histypical Indian writing , high adventure, perfect for boys I couldn t keep my 7 year old away not to say that girls wouldn t enjoy it too and chock full of timeless lessons in how to become a real man I cannothighly recommend this as a Leadership Education classic that is family friendly and accessible as young as 6 or 7 as a family read aloud.I did find that I struggled to understand the lingo on the ship I purchased the David Stuart Brilliance Audio version from Audible and it came to life for me Stuart sang, spoke in accents and clearly articulated the jargon in such a way that I intuitively understoodof the meaning than I would have had I just been reading a spine The audio was a treat .FREE BOOK ♜ Captains Courageous ♩ A pampered millionaire s son tumbles overboard from a luxury liner and falls into good fortune, disguised in the form of a fishing boat The gruff and hearty crew teach the young man to be worth his salt as they fish the waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland Brimming with adventure and humor Finished reading this with the kids Enjoyed it, just didn t love it The last section should have ended about 20 pages earlier It was like Kipling hit the natural climax for the story and then felt he needed to write another twenty pages to make somebody happy and decided to just phone it in or the equivalent to phoning it in would be in 1897.The story was interesting, but just not THAT interesting I guess I would class this as a minor sea story and a minor Kipling If you are into Sea Stor Finished reading this with the kids Enjoyed it, just didn t love it The last section should have ended about 20 pages earlier It was like Kipling hit the natural climax for the story and then felt he needed to write another twenty pages to make somebody happy and decided to just phone it in or the equivalent to phoning it in would be in 1897.The story was interesting, but just not THAT interesting I guess I would class this as a minor sea story and a minor Kipling If you are into Sea Stories AND Kipling, for sure, don t skip this book Otherwise, I d stick with Kim and Moby Dick If you take a look at the informative channels on cable tv like National Geographic, Discovery, and Animal Planet, you will notice that there are a lot of programs about fishing Deadliest Catch, Monster Fish, Wicked Tuna Good to see fishermen plying their trade and makes one appreciate a job most people in cities do not give importance to.But a century before these shows, there was a book that portrayed fishing and the folks whose lives depend on it But it wasn t just a book about fishing it If you take a look at the informative channels on cable tv like National Geographic, Discovery, and Animal Planet, you will notice that there are a lot of programs about fishing Deadliest Catch, Monster Fish, Wicked Tuna Good to see fishermen plying their trade and makes one appreciate a job most people in cities do not give importance to.But a century before these shows, there was a book that portrayed fishing and the folks whose lives depend on it But it wasn t just a book about fishing it was also a tale of a coming of age for a spoilt brat who thought himself an untouchable prince Fallen from a ship where he was a passenger, Harvey Cheyne also fell from the lofty pedestal he was on Aided by rough but worldy wise fishermen, Harvey Cheyne emerged from a cocoon of luxury and detachment and into the real world where people can be your real teachers, mentors, companions, and friends Where work is not a source of shame but a virtue worthy to be proud of and not only keeps someone alive, but actually gives you the essence of LIVING.In a modern age of a yawning gap between the haves and the have nots, Captains Courageous is a fitting book for people to know the importance of hard work for success, especially for persons who were born with silver spoons in their mouths that real life is not just about having iPhones, iPads, and material things It is not just about I, I, I It is also about WE, WE, WE There is a wide world out there to discover, where life is not just handed to you on a platter You have to work it and LIVE it Now, I know it s not fair to judge a book on its movie or vice versa , but I totally did I love the adaptation of this story so much, but the book just doesn t live up No Harvey Manuel relationship, and Harvey s character arc happens in the space of a single chapter in the first quarter of the book The rest is all interesting and colorful accounts of fishing life and some didactic moralizing later on but it doesn t live up to Freddie Bartholomew and Spencer Tracy.