Mr. Midshipman Easy (Book Seven Of The Marryat Cycle)

Mr. Midshipman Easy (Book Seven Of The Marryat Cycle)

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by Frederick Marryat
     
 

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From the Father of Modern Nautical Fiction

Mr. Midshipman Easy is probably Frederick Marryat's best known work, and justifiably so. It's a delightful story.

Jack Easy is a boy who comes from wealth. Along the way, his father, who regards himself as something of a philosopher, imbues him with the notion that all men are utterly and completely equal. That is a

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From the Father of Modern Nautical Fiction

Mr. Midshipman Easy is probably Frederick Marryat's best known work, and justifiably so. It's a delightful story.

Jack Easy is a boy who comes from wealth. Along the way, his father, who regards himself as something of a philosopher, imbues him with the notion that all men are utterly and completely equal. That is a notion, however, that is a tad alien to the 19th Century Royal Navy. Jack's beliefs are quickly put to the test when he becomes a midshipman and experiences the rigid hierarchy of a naval vessel-a hierarchy that must be maintained if everyone is to stay alive.
In the process, he becomes friends with Mesty, an escaped slave who claims he was once an African prince. Together they face a host of adventures as Midshipman Easy comes of age.

One of the more interesting sidelights of the book is the connection between Frederick Marryat and the famous Admiral Lord Thomas Cochrane. Marryat served under Cochrane and played a role in his controversial victory at the Battle of the Basque Roads. It is believed that Midshipman Easy is patterned after Lord Cochrane when he was a young man. Cochrane is also reported to be the model for the fictional hero, Horatio Hornblower.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935585077
Publisher:
Fireship Press
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Mr. Midshipman Easy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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I LOVE this book, having read it in hard copy. But this edition is a formatting MESS! Odd random characters, hit or miss sizing... A disaster. Try a paid Nook edition! Had to give only one star because of this edition.
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zeendil More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! At times, the satire approached being Swiftian. The writer was very skilled at demonstrating the silliness that motivates folk who are so serious about everything. "Our hero," as Marryat refers to him, is a scamp and why he hasn't been killed by angry officers, governors, fathers of sweet young things, and/or pirates is a mystery. Truly, Mr. Midshipman Easy lives a charmed life. After a time, I was wondering "What will he do next?" I am a great fan of sea=faring yarns and have read most of the popular books in the genre. The sea faring here is just a vehicle. This is a very old book that is new in its pacing. A light and quick read.
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Reading this book is hardly neccessary. Simply flip through the pages to the illustrations where all of the text truly comes to life. Mr. Polseno rocks my world.