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Captains Courageous

A Story of the Grand Banks

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Author: Rudyard Kipling
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 52,568 / 155 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 89.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 7,979 4134

The adventures of Harvey Chaney Jr., an arrogant and spoiled son of a railroad tycoon. Washed overboard from a transatlantic steamship and rescued by fishermen on the Grand Banks, Harvey cannot persuade them to take him ashore, nor convince them of his wealth. However, the captain of a passing schooner offers him a job as crew until they return to port. With no other choice, Harvey accepts, and there begins a series of trials and adventures where the boy learns to adjust to his rough new life, and takes the first steps towards becoming a man.

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rike Europe. Piff! My cig's out. I can't smoke the truck the steward sells. Any gen'elman got a real Turkish cig on him?"

The chief engineer entered for a moment, red, smiling, and wet. "Say, Mac," cried Harvey cheerfully, "how are we hitting it?"

"Vara much in the ordinary way," was the grave reply. "The young are as polite as ever to their elders, an' their elders are e'en tryin' to appreciate it."

A low chuckle came from a corner. The German opened his cigar-case and handed a skinny black cigar to Harvey.

"Dot is der broper apparatus to smoke, my young friendt," he said. "You vill dry it? Yes? Den you vill be efer so happy."

Harvey lit the unlovely thing with a flourish: he felt that he was getting on in grownup society.

"It would take more 'n this to keel me over," he said, ignorant that he was lighting that terrible article, a Wheeling 'stogie'.

"Dot we shall bresently see," said the German. "Where are we now, Mr. Mactonal'?"

"Just there or thereabouts, Mr. Schaefer," said the eng

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
Dave Leader

This story is exciting, a real page turner. My emotions ran up and down with the charaters' fortunes and misfortunes. I live near Gloucester, Ma. It seems that Kipling gives us a thorough look at the lives and deaths of the men who work the most dangerous peacetime profession.

Sidney Hobbs

I read this book an awfull long time ago and remember enjoying it, but get confused with the Spencer Tracey movie of the same name. Try and get the movie, then read the book, it helps me a lot.



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