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January 22, 2022


#Novella Captains Courageous

by N@ncy


13. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling

Finish date: 17 January 2022
Genre: novella
Rating: F

Bad news:
I think this would be one of the most difficult book to teach young readers. Dialogue?
Fergit ut. (forget it) ‘T wuz… (it was…)
They’ll tell that tale again us fer years.
Fwhat’s th good ‘o bodderin’ fwhat…
Ha’af on the taown, and ‘t’ other ha’af blame fool. (awful!)

Bad news: While reading Captains Courageous I had difficulty with the dialogue. Despite my attempt to read the book…while listening to the and audio version the story never appealed to me. Kipling describes the boats, sail, cross-trees, trawl-buoys, rigging
…in excessive nautical detail. Pages and pages of ‘tall tales’ the crew members tell each other …and the ‘sing-alongs’ sounded corny. My only hope was to find some ‘cracker-barrel philosophy’ in the text (somewhere)…that would inspire young readers.

The book is unbalanced: 70% boats, sea conditions, fishing – 20% the crew – 10% Harvey Kipling eventually rejected the novel as simply a “boy’s story” …and he was right. I doubt a young reader would really enjoy this story.
This book was written in 1897 and times….and children have changed.
#NotFavorite childern’s classic…at all!

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 22 2022

    I like your new reporting system Nancy with the good news & bad news tags. With books I know next to nothing about, I just want to find out if it’s a book for me or not.
    This not one for me.


    • Jan 22 2022

      Brona, I write to inform people who want my impression of a book. I write for an audience who loves reading, has little time for blog-hopping and just needs a quick review. No rehash of the plot, no long quotes…..perhaps a book recommendation that was better than the one I’m reviewing…..happy to hear you like my style!

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