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Recounts the adventures of a young seaman during the Napoleonic War, including hand-to-hand combat, hurricanes, and mutiny
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Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) actually lived the life of a sailor and fighting captain in the Royal Navy. Such was the acclaim upon publication of Peter Simple that he gave up his commission to become a full-time writer.From Kirkus Reviews:
paper 0-8050-5565-7 The enduring popularity of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels has fortuitously stimulated Norton's new Heart of Oak Sea Classics. This first installment (along with Dudley Pope's nonfiction The Black Ship, a vigorous tale of a notorious 1797 mutiny, and James Norman Hall's entertaining collection of nautical tall tales, Doctor Dogbody's Leg) includes Marryat's charming 1834 novel, a robust Dickensian romance about a ``simple'' young midshipman's growth to manhood at sea during the Napoleonic Wars. The adventures of Peter, a kind of Don Quixote kept alive by the raffish wit of his shipmateSancho Panza Terence O'Brieninclude imprisonment and narrow escapes from worse fates in France and the West Indies, a struggle to reclaim his inheritance from a deliciously wicked blood relation, and a satisfyingly improbable happy ending. This is one of the most attractive and neglected early Victorian novels, and its selection alone bodes well for a very promising series. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110805058303
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0805058303
Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0805058303