In 1757, Moonfleet is a small village near the sea in the south of England. It gets its name from a formerly prominent local family, the Mohunes, whose coat of arms includes a symbol shaped like a capital 'Y'. John Trenchard is an orphan who lives with his aunt, Miss Arnold. Other notable residents are the sexton Mr Ratsey, who is friendly to John; Parson Glennie, the local clergyman who also teaches in the village school; Elzevir Block, the landlord of the local inn, called the Mohune Arms but nicknamed the Why Not? because of its sign with the Mohune 'Y'; and Mr Maskew, the unpopular local magistrate and his beautiful daughter, Grace.
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About the Author
John Meade Falkner (18581932) is a novelist and poet who wrote The Lost Stradivarius and The Nebuly Coat.
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Classic coming of age story Moonfleet is a classic coming of age story that spans John Trenchard’s life from childhood through adulthood. John is being raised by a cold and critical aunt, while he loves to wander at night dreaming of treasure and contraband runners. When he sneaks out one night to explore a cave-in and passageway under the local graveyard that he has discovered, he doesn’t know that it will change his life forever. Not only does his aunt kick him out of her house for being out at night, but he’s taken in by Elzevir Block, a kind innkeeper who mourns his murdered boy. John find himself loved as a son by this warm-hearted man, but also pulled into a world rife with smuggling and its consequences. When a hateful magistrate schemes to force Elzevir out of his inn, it begins a cascade of events that has Elzevir and John running for their lives. Little does John know that even as they flee, he holds the key to Blackbeard’s treasure and wealth beyond his imagining. Circumstances will align for him to solve the code and discover where Blackbeard hid a fabulous diamond. Will the evil of the treasure follow them and ruin all their hopes? Moonfleet is a tale that will capture the imagination of children who enjoy stories such as Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, and Swiss Family Robinson. It’s a harsh tale with a lot of darkness, but a lot of life lessons, and in the end, there is hope for a good life. It’s written in more formal English, given that it is an older story. That said, the vocabulary is not horrendously difficult, but some words will have young readers checking their dictionary. Here is a short passage that demonstrates the style of writing at its more convoluted (it’s not always as this complex): “Oh, fool me not!” I cried out, chafing at his excuses. “I am not wandering now. ‘Twas Elzevir that saved me in the surf last night. ‘Twas he that landed with me.” There was a look of sad amaze that came on Ratsey’s face when I said that; a look that woke in me an awful surmise. “What!” cried he. “Was that Master Elzevir that dragged thee through the surf?” A classic tale of pirates, greed, and consequences in a harsher time. Recommended for those that love historical novels, tales of pirate treasure, and coming of age stories. I received this book as a digital Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
Epic story of the ups and downs of life and how love and loyalty are two hallmarks of true character.
This is in my top five favourite books. I picked it up at a hotel in Dorset of the same name and have never looked back as it is splendid in every way possible- the story is an action-packed thrill ride that doesn't get tarnished by any amount of re-reading. The end hits me like a train every time, and the thrill doesn't diminish even with prior knowledge of what will happen. There are some pacing issues around the 3/4 mark but other than that, it's the perfect way to spend a couple of days.
So heart breaking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!