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Frederick Marryat (1792–1848)

Forfatter af Børnene i Nyskoven

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Frederick Marryat was born on July 10, 1792 in London, England. He entered the Royal Navy at the age of 14 and served with distinction in many parts of the world before retiring in 1830 with the rank of captain. From 1832 to 1835, he edited the Metropolitan Magazine. His first novel, The Naval vis mere Officer, was published in 1829. His other adult novels include Mr. Midshipman Easy, The Kings Own, Newton Forster, Peter Simple, Jacob Faithful, and The Phantom Ship. He also wrote a number of children's books including Masterman Ready, Settlers in Canada, The Mission, The Children of the New Forest, and The Little Savages. He travelled in Canada and the United States from 1837 to 1839. Afterward, he recorded his impressions in A Diary in America. He died on August 9, 1848. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
Image credit: Capt. Frederick Marryat, Royal Navy (Author. UK,1792-1848). Author portrait (frontis) from the the nautical novel, Percival Kane, 1848 edition. Engraving from a William Behnes drawing. Public Domain Book available for FREE download at Archive.org

Værker af Frederick Marryat

Børnene i Nyskoven (1847) 1,659 eksemplarer
Mr Midshipman Easy (1836) 582 eksemplarer
The Phantom Ship (1839) 219 eksemplarer
Masterman Ready (1841) 215 eksemplarer
Kaptajn Marryat (1834) 201 eksemplarer
Frank Mildmay or the Naval Officer (1829) 98 eksemplarer
Percival Keene (1842) 93 eksemplarer
Nybyggerne i Canada (1844) 74 eksemplarer
The King's Own (1856) 71 eksemplarer
Snarleyyow, or the dog fiend (1837) 66 eksemplarer
Jakob Ærlig (1834) 56 eksemplarer
The Privateersman (1866) 43 eksemplarer
Japhet, in Search of a Father (1873) 37 eksemplarer
The Pirate & the Three Cutters (1836) 33 eksemplarer
Poor Jack (1840) 31 eksemplarer
Monsieur Violet (1853) 28 eksemplarer
The Little Savage (1848) 22 eksemplarer
Sørøveren (1955) 21 eksemplarer
The Poacher (2004) 21 eksemplarer
The Pacha of Many Tales (2006) 20 eksemplarer
The Mission (1845) 20 eksemplarer
Valerie (2004) 16 eksemplarer
Olla Podrida (1874) 13 eksemplarer
Diary in America (1839) 12 eksemplarer
Relatos de hombres lobos y otra (1997) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Diary in America, Series Two (2008) 7 eksemplarer
The Three Cutters (2004) 7 eksemplarer
Van scheepsjongen tot admiraal (1975) 4 eksemplarer
How To Write A Travel Book (2013) 4 eksemplarer
Barnen i nya skogen I 4 eksemplarer
Barnen i Nya skogen II 4 eksemplarer
Diary in America, Series One (2010) 3 eksemplarer
La mujer loba (2005) 2 eksemplarer
Nybyggerne i Canada II (1985) 1 eksemplar
Jacob Ærlig ,bind2 1 eksemplar
Snarleyyow (Classic Reprint) (2015) 1 eksemplar
El buque fantasma 1 eksemplar
Uudenmetsän lapset 1 eksemplar
Propiedad del rey (2004) 1 eksemplar
Novels 1 eksemplar
The Naval Officer (2014) 1 eksemplar
Percival Keene II 1 eksemplar
Percival Keene I 1 eksemplar
Marinlöjtnanten 1 eksemplar
Kapergasten 1 eksemplar
La lloba que fou (1984) 1 eksemplar
Jacob Faithful 2 1 eksemplar
Jacob Faithful 1 1 eksemplar
Den Fattige Jack 1 eksemplar
Den flygende hollender (1992) 1 eksemplar
The Werewolf 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Great Stories of the Sea & Ships (1940) — Bidragyder — 174 eksemplarer
The Supernatural Omnibus (1931) — Bidragyder — 141 eksemplarer
The Children of the New Forest [adapted - Oxford Bookworms] (2000) — Original text — 108 eksemplarer
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Bidragyder — 76 eksemplarer
World's Great Adventure Stories (1929) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
65 Great Tales of Horror (1981) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer
The Werewolf Pack (2008) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
Anthology of Fear 20 Haunting Stories for Winter Nights (1988) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer
The Book of the Sea (1954) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer
The Best Crime Stories Ever Told (2012) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
Mysterious Sea Stories (1985) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
The Mystery Book (1934) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935) — Bidragyder — 27 eksemplarer
High Seas: Stories of Battle and Adventure From the Age of Sail (2002) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
The Second Omnibus Of Crime: The World's Great Crime Stories (1932) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
A Century of Thrillers from Poe to Arlen (First Series) (1934) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Horror by Lamplight (1993) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Ghosts and Marvels (1924) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Rattlin the reefer (1836)nogle udgaver17 eksemplarer
Fifty Enthralling Stories of the Mysterious East (1930) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer
Shapes of the Supernatural (1969) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
International Short Stories English (Volume 2) (1910) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
A Seaman's Book of Sea Stories (2009) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Famous Stories of Five Centuries (1934) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
A Cabinet of Gems: Short Stories from the English Annuals (1938) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
The Black Book of the Werewolf: 32 Stories of Bestial Terror (2010) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
After Dark Classics: Short Stories (2011) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer

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danushka.desilva | 5 andre anmeldelser | Apr 26, 2024 |
Allowing for the fact that this an adventure book for children, it is a rollicking (if usually far-fetched) tale, which holds the attention.
DramMan | 8 andre anmeldelser | Oct 18, 2023 |
Interesting for its period depictions of human innocence and piety.
farrhon | 1 anden anmeldelse | Oct 11, 2023 |
This is indeed the first time I have read a book from this author and I learned quite a lot about the seafaring life from the early 1800's London. I have read quite a few British novels from this time period, but they were always aimed at upper middle class people clawing their way into the highest social class by marriage with wealthy third daughters of lofty lords. Books in which even a governess was hailed as someone ill fit for the rich and powerful.

So indeed reading a book about ordinary working class families in the docks of southern London was most eye opening, written by a naval officer who likely mingled with all sorts of folk during his career. Yes, there were industrious women that made a good fortune with hard work. Apparently being the personal maid of an elderly lady was a huge honor and countless young women would fighting over such eye watering 7 day a week jobs cleaning calluses and spoon feeding breakfast to their charge.

This is pretty much a coming of age story of Thomas Saunders, the unwanted son product of a mismatched marriage between a humble (but drop dead handsome in a scruffy way) boatswain and a prepotent lady's maid who were probably not thinking things through when they ended up marrying each other and ultimately regretting it every step of the way.

After Thomas's dad (also named Thomas Saunders) is tricked into getting pressed into forced service of a royal vessel from his wife for the sake of getting rid of him, she gets into a fight with her employer and forced to suck her pride and live in a lower working class neighborhood near the docks offering tea, bacon and ale to the sailors while she treats Thomas with the utter worst of scorn for no reason whatsoever and pampering her daughter Virginia.

Thomas pretty much hates his abusive mother and prefers to spend most of his free time working as a mudlark hewing the boats to the dock for a copper under the nickname "Poor Jack". I believe the moral of the story revolves a lot on how Thomas was both a level headed mixture between ambition and kindness. He worked very hard and might have even scuffed with his competition, and yet he was always polite to the sailors and honest. His pleasant personality attracted the interest of a semi-retired officer named Anderson of the nearby Naval hospital for retired injured sailors who teaches him how to read & write and guides the boy during his childhood.

Thomas eventually meets his father who ended up as a permanent resident of the hospital after losing a leg in a battle (much to his mother's annoyance). While abusive to his wife at first due to equal horrible things she did to him (one of them getting pressed into service which ultimately left him crippled), he is otherwise likeable and envious Thomas has a closer relationship to Anderson.

We also get to meet other characters from the town, including fellow hospital retirees Ben and a former pirate with a sketchy past Slider who both taking a liking to the boy, a pleasant tobacco seller from Ireland named Miss St. Felix and a tragic past she keeps hidden, the village doctor and an old crone who buys driftwood and other trinkets Thomas sometimes salvages from the river and borrows him cash early into the story to purchase decent clothes to go to church (and ultimately entices the mother to start tolerating her son and treat him better).

As a way to offer Thomas an honorable job working in a boat without the constant fear of getting pressed into military service, his father and Anderson find him an apprenticeship as a boat pilot with a kind man named Mr. Bramble who also ends up acting like a father figure to the teenager. I have never heard of this profession and would like to see more of it in other books. They are basically a sort of guide who know the terrains of the estuaries surrounding London and hitch rides on all sorts of vessels and steer the vessel in and out of the city safely. Bramble has an adoptive daughter named Bessie who was salvaged from a Dutch shipwreck.

Contrary to what I expected, Virginia never ends up spoiled or petulant from her mother's upbringing. She is actually a perfectly sweet person and gets along well with Thomas. And yes, her mother worked very hard in a successful clothing factory she opened with Thomas's help to give Virginia a good education in the hopes of marrying her off to the highest suitor, much to her annoyance.

I think if there was anything annoying about the book's finale; it would be how it worked too hard to give everyone a super duper happy ending with a bow on top. It seems hardly credible a newly licensed 21 year old pilot would end up so damn wealthy at that age with so much ridiculous ease. I won't spoil how it happened, but it does seem quite incoherent. In today's money, he would have ended up 100 million USD rich. Yeah, seriously.

One other huge qualm I have with the book which is probably just a reflection of the era in which it was written is the portrayal of black and mulatto characters. They are universally either hot-headed trigger happy idiots, blood thirsty (literally) cannibals or a vestige of absolute buffoonery like the crippled sailor of the hospital who at one point of the story drank too much grog and after his peg leg got stuck in a hole, he hops around in circles around and around singing nonsense. Those scenes are very cringey and knocked an additional half star from the book.

For the most part, I did enjoy the story despite its shortcomings and might read additional books from the author. 3 1/2 stars.
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chirikosan | Jul 24, 2023 |



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