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All the Brothers Were Valiant

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Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,202 / 87 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 95.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,952
Added to site: 2008.06.24 21331

A story of love and sea adventure of quite unusual vigor and imaginative vividness. There is tragedy in the situation, but there is also the record of high purpose and dauntless character. (Also published using the title "Across to Singapore.")

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id Joel quietly, "James Finch has my thanks for his search; and I'm no mind to do him a harm, or to step into his shoes."

Asa smiled grimly. "Ye're over considerate," he said. "Jim Finch was your brother's man, and a very loyal one. As long as he is another's man, he is content. But he has no want to be his own master and the master of a ship, and of men. I've askit him."

Joel puffed hard at his pipe; and after a little he asked: "Sir, what think you it was that came to Mark?"

Asa looked at him sharply, then away; and his accustomed volubility fell away from him. He lifted his hands. "Ask James Finch. I've no way to tell," he said curtly.

"Have you no opinion?" Joel insisted.

The ship owner tilted his head, set finger tip to finger tip, assumed the air of one who delivers judgment. "Islanders, 'tis like," he said. "There's a many there." He looked sidewise at Joel, looked away. Joel was nodding.

"Yes, many thereabouts," he agreed. "But there would have been tracks. We

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 2 reviews: ***

La película siempre me produjo cierta fascinación. Leer el libro era una antigua deuda y debo decir que para nada defraudó mis expectativas. El enfrentamiento final supera al de la versión cinematográfica.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1919) Fiction (Nautical) / Adventure (Mutiny)

R: * * * *

Plot bullets

  • The motto and epitaph of the sons of the House of Shore, is: 'All The Brothers Were Valiant'.

  • Joel Shore becomes the captain of the Nathan Ross, a whaling ship that was last captained by his brother, thought to be lost in the South Pacific.

  • Joel marries and takes his new wife on a commercial voyage for the ship's owners and in the hopes of determining if his brother Mark still lives.

  • Mark turns up with a not so valiant tale of his life in the islands. He is a changed man from the man that Joel knew, and he brings with him a tale of intrigue , murder and hidden treasure.

  • Mark wants to retrieve the treasure, but Joel does not want to do so, and this leads to strained relations between the brothers. The crew learns of the treasure and the brothers and crew are caught up in a mutiny.

  • Joel's wife does not understand his actions as Mark has swayed her opinion. She deems her husband a coward, for what appears to her to be a cowardly lack of action, with the crew and even Mark himself.

  • Life in the islands can change a man. It can make or break him. One brother is marked as a rogue and the other a coward.

  • The seeming impasse between brothers, husband and wife, and the crew has added danger and mistrust to the harshness and remoteness of a life on the sea. Will events alter and once again prove that 'All The Brothers Were Valiant'?

The story has been made into a movie several times.



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