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by Lloyd Osbourne,Peter Hinchcliffe,Catherine Kerrigan,Robert Louis Stevenson

It is Tahiti in the 1890's and three men - an American sea captain, an English gentleman and a cockney thief - are 'on the beach'. Dispossessed and destitute, the 'trio' agree to sail a smallpox-infected ship loaded with champagne to Sydney, Australia, plotting to steal the cargo, scupper the vessel, and head for the 'Dangerous Archipelago'. Predictably, the thieves fall out. They lose their course and are driven towards an uncharted island which flies the red ensign. The owner of the island, also an English gentleman, has amassed a fortune in pearls. He is both a stern disciplinarian and a religious megalomaniac. As the protagonists in this 'quartette' begin to play out their parts, the plot moves to its dramatic, but ambiguous, conclusion.Stevenson's tale of exploitation in the South Seas recreates both the period and the place through a brilliant exploration of the moral corruption of colonisation.
Download The Ebb-Tide: A Trio and Quartette (Collected Works of Robert Lewis Stevenson. Centenary Ed) epub
ISBN: 0748604766
ISBN13: 978-0748604760
Category: Literature
Author: Lloyd Osbourne,Peter Hinchcliffe,Catherine Kerrigan,Robert Louis Stevenson
Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (June 6, 1996)
Pages: 172 pages
ePUB size: 1545 kb
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Rating: 4.2
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This writing is memoir/documentary, not fiction, however one allows Stevenson may have set his gilded pen to flourish when he lived in the South Pacific. His skill with words is striking, as in all his essay or novel writing. One likes to read his work for the word-smithing as well as for plot, character, or philosophy. Someone I'm not sure if it was G. K. Chesterton, said that Stevenson had the gift of picking exactly the right word in every case. It is also memorable that Stevenson was in the Pacific to regain his health, which was always frail and under duress.
I enjoyed reading "The Ebb-Tide", which is a so-called page-turner. I would recommend it to all those who love sea adventures in exotic settings. especially at a time when places were really difficult to reach and travelling to distant locations was a risky plunge into the unknown. I was also struck to learn that L. Stevenson died as young as 46, as he was such a prolific writer. The real kernel of the story revolves to my mind around highlighting the perverse turns and ups and downs of life, due to chance but also to our choices, which involve an often ineluctable descent into a pit you can never more get out of. And the conclusion slowly builds up is a breath-taking experience.
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote for the young and old and knows the hearts and minds of every level of human, taking us through the heights and depths of human experience with the grace of one who can tell it with true knowledge of man and the South Seas.
Mostly pretty good, although a bit tedious in spots. Hard to criticize R.L. Stevenson with any credibility.
If you've never read any of R.L. Stevenson's adult fiction, "The Ebb Tide" will show you what a brilliant and disturbing writer he was. Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe are fictionally challenged by comparison.
Not a masterpiece, but written by an author of masterpieces, this is one of Stevenson's least-known works. It involves a trio of rascals adrift in the South Pacific on a schooner with a worthless cargo. They come upon a mysterious atoll where only one white man is left alive, owner of a collection of pearls that they covet. The ending is violent.