Harvey Cheyne is the spoilt, precocious son of an over-indulgent millionaire. On an ocean voyage off the Newfoundland coast, he falls overboard and is rescued by a Portuguese fisherman. Never in need of anything in his entire life, it comes as rather a shock to Harvey to be forced to join the crew of the fishing schooner and work there for an entire summer. By being thrown into an entirely alien world, Harvey has echoes of Kipling s more famous Mowgli from The Jungle Book, and, like Mowgli, Harvey learns to adapt and make something of himself. Captains Courageous captures with brilliant details all the colour of the fishing world and reveals it as a convincing model for society as a whole."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stbalbach - LibraryThing
In Captains Courageous the detail of fishing life are authentic, indeed anthropological. Kipling spent time in Gloucester and even went out on a ship for a while (though he spent most of the time sea ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Dorritt - LibraryThing
Postponed reading this for years because I had this preconceived notion that it was a “children’s classic” – heavy on adventure, light on deeper meaning. Sure enough, the first 2/3rds of the tale are ... Read full review