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Captains courageous

Author: Rudyard Kipling; Leonée Ormond
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2008], ©1996.
Series: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Harvey Cheyne is the over-indulged son of a millionaire. When he falls overboard from an ocean liner he is rescued by a Portuguese fisherman and, initially against his will, joins the crew of the We're Here for a summer. Through the medium of an exciting adventure story, Captains Courageous (1897) deals with a boy who, like Mowgli in The Jungle Book, is thrown into an entirely alien environment. The supersitious,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Fiction
Sea stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudyard Kipling; Leonée Ormond
ISBN: 9780199554836 0199554838
OCLC Number: 297532015
Notes: Originally published as a World's classics paperback 1995; reissued as an Oxford world's classics paperback 1999; reissued 2008.
Description: xli, 182 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: General preface --
Introduction --
Note on the text --
Select bibliography --
A chronology of Kipling's life and works --
Captains courageous --
Explanatory notes.
Series Title: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility: Rudyard Kipling ; edited with an introduction and notes by Leonee Ormond.

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Harvey Cheyne is the over-indulged son of a millionaire. When he falls overboard from an ocean liner he is rescued by a Portuguese fisherman and, initially against his will, joins the crew of the We're Here for a summer. Through the medium of an exciting adventure story, Captains Courageous (1897) deals with a boy who, like Mowgli in The Jungle Book, is thrown into an entirely alien environment. The supersitious, magical world of the sea and the tough, physical world of the boat form a backdrop to Harvey's regeneration. Kipling describes the fascinating skills of the schooner fishermen who would soon be made redundant by the twentieth century and makes the ship function as a convincing model for a society engaged in a difficult and dangerous task. This is the only edition of the novel in print, and it offers a stimulating introduction and detailed notes which help readers navigate among the historical, geographical, and maritime references found in the book. - Publisher.

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a scholarly introduction and entertainingly pedantic notes ... in the hands of such a powerful storyteller, the theme of redemption through ordeal remains a seductive one Books for Keeps

 
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