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ISBN: 1447417119
ISBN13: 978-1447417118
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Captain Marryat
Language: English
Publisher: Jackson Press (June 9, 2011)
Pages: 334 pages
ePUB size: 1657 kb
FB2 size: 1522 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 491
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This book's an odd kettle of fish. It focuses on Jack Easy, starting at his birth, following him through school and into the Navy. He joins to press his socialist philosophy of the "equality of man". The book was first published in 1836, when Karl Marx was 18. Zeitgeist, perhaps?

In tone, the book's half nautical fiction along the lines of O'Brian, Forester, Pope, etc., and half 17th century romantic farce that sees a rival found out in women's clothing, diabolical happenings at a costume ball, the come-uppance of a conniving father-confessor, a hilarious three-way duel, and more. The situations will be all the funnier if you've read more "serious" nautical fiction before this.

Oddly, even though the author was himself a retired British naval post-captain (who served under Cochrane when he was himself a midshipman!), there is relatively little focus on the nautical details, and a whole lot of focus on the characters. Sure, there's a gale (and quite a good one), and some beam to beam broadside action, but mostly it's about the characters. In every situation, there's little tension as we know our hero will make good a Hornblower-like escape by some indirect means.

The author jumps in as the omniscient narrator from time to time. For instance, there's one chapter that's an odd repetition of an argument made in a previous book against overly harsh punishment in the service.

The wisdom's along the lines of "spare the rod, spoil the child" and the character "development" sees Mr. Easy move from channeling Marx to channeling Ayn Rand. As the earlier positions are argued as hard as the latter, it's actually hard to see the author's position here, which is quite interesting.

Overall, though, the book just doesn't hang together as a continuous, tense story about the sea, which is one of the main reasons to read nautical fiction. On the other hand, if you've run out of the better nautical fiction, this one's well worth a read. A more interesting genre piece from this era is Wilkie Collins's mystery "The Moonstone".
Okay, I finished both Hornblower and Aubrey/Maturin, and I needed somewhere to turn. Better than I expected, and certainly a novel in and of itself. Makes me curious re the remaining novels.
Written over 150 years ago it's perhaps a testimony to the quality of the book that it's even readable today. The quality of the characters I think is excellent and reveals many of the issues and challenges of the time, wealth and poverty, Gentlemen "buying" commissions etc. The dialog on the rights of man get s a bit tedious, and it's hard to imagine anyone getting away with anything like "our Hero" did ( 8 thousand pounds a year or not!), but its easy to see the genealogy of all subsequent books (Hornblower et al). Overall for fans of Naval history and literature worthwhile
I ordered this book, almost by accident. I started reading it and could not put it down. Fun stuff and great adventures to be had.
Older novel that is mildly entertaining. I really cannot recommend this. The Nathan Gage series is much better. Even Flashgun is a superior read.
Still like Hornblower?Forester better. In fact, a lot better. I mean, come on, get on a boat or a ship already!
Sailors always love to read about the sea if we can't be "out there." Books like this give "mental health vacations" when I need a break.
Great summer reading. Light and funny.