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Captain Blood af Rafael Sabatini
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Captain Blood (original 1922; udgave 2011)

af Rafael Sabatini

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Peter Blood, a physician and an English gentleman becomes a pirate after suffering a grave injustice. Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels--who were fighting the oppressive King James--Blood is enslaved on a Barbados plantation. He escapes to Tortuga and becomes the leader of a colony of buccaneers.… (mere)
Medlem:mcenroeucsb
Titel:Captain Blood
Forfattere:Rafael Sabatini
Info:CreateSpace (2011), Paperback, 250 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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I am of an age that remembers spending Saturday afternoons at my local movie theater with a bag of popcorn and a box of milk duds and a coke that in total cost me about a dollar. The movies (and there were always two of them----with a cartoon just to get you going) were 50 cents. Those hours were magical and movies have never been better. They say you can't go back home again; but reading Captain Blood took me right back to being 10 years old. The hero is larger than life, as good with his brains, and his rapier wit, as with his sword. The villains are nothing short of despicable. I can hear the chorus of 10 year old cat-calls and jeers at their every appearance. Captain Blood may be the perfect adventure novel. Seriously. Get yourself some popcorn, a quiet place to read, and be prepared to be entertained. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
"Captain Blood paced the poop of his ship alone in the tepid dusk, and the growing golden radiance of the great poop lantern in which a seaman had just lighted the three lamps"

Tell me you didn't snicker a little bit reading that sentence.

So, right off the bat, there are some pretty glaring things one needs to overlook as an anarchist reading this book:

The protagonist is assumed to be a better pirate for his professional-class upbringing: he is without the trappings of a more proletarian pirate who might be swayed by animal urges of barbarism. He keeps his class signifiers by shaving and wearing the finest silks and etc. Furthermore, Peter Blood is consistently praised for his absolute control over the more proletarian elements of his fleet with a lot of talk about their utter submission to his will. Peter Blood then parlays his pirating gig into the governorship of an important colony to the English crown. So Peter Blood merely dabbles in brigandage, and returns after only a couple of years to his position of privilege.

The only woman mentioned in the book is the love interest, who, though described as tomboyish and irreverent to female expectation, swoons and pouts and acts almost exclusively in the proscribed literary feminine role. In contrast to the main character and many others throughout the book, Arabelle is one-dimensional.

There are mentions of black people throughout the book, but they are referred to exclusively as slaves, and often with wince-worthy blood quota language: "her octaroon" for example. The chattel slaves are never given more than a passing mention, despite sometimes playing important roles in battles (I'm thinking here of the de Riverarol raid on Cartagena). They often announce the presence of other characters, rather than have a presence themselves. This is disappointing, too.

If you ignore the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy of the book, however (ha ha), this was a great swashbuckling pirate tale, a good escape book. The scenes of battle are riveting if sometimes confusing to a landlubber. The best parts are Peter Blood's quick tongue and knack for putting those in power out of it, and never compromising. Pretty much every tin-pot governor and admiral is given a choice to go against his will and die a horrible death, or be allowed to live by Peter Blood's generosity. It makes for fantastic reading. ( )
  magonistarevolt | Apr 30, 2020 |
I was a bit dissapointed, I was expecting more of an adventure tale and it has some of that but also a mushy romance was tossed in for good measure that I didn't think added much to it. I guess I will need to search elsewhere for a true Adventure on the High Seas!
  amyem58 | Jun 11, 2018 |
The archetypal pirate story. Treasure Island might have given us all of the iconic images we know and love in popular culture – the parrots and peglegs and pieces-of-eight – but Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood is the sort of rich, all-encompassing pirate adventure you lived for when you were a kid. There are sea battles and broadsides, cutthroats and 'repel all boarders', pirate ports like Tortuga and intimidating forts like Port Royal and Hispaniola, feckless governors and bosom-heaving governors' daughters, villainous Spaniards and disdainful Frenchmen, piratical tricks and roguery, victory from the jaws of defeat, rapier-like dialogue and verbal jousting, cutlasses and gunsmoke and plunder.

Even more importantly, Captain Blood is the book which presented most convincingly the image of the romantic, noble pirate (in Treasure Island, the pirates – led by Long John Silver – are definitely the bad guys). Blood himself is a gentleman, an escaped slave imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, who still has "some rags of honour… remaining me from better days" (pg. 105). Furthermore, in Blood, the sea is "free to all, and particularly alluring to those who feel themselves at war with humanity" (pg. 87). The influence on the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean is strong, almost overpowering (as a small criticism, some of the flavour of the story can be lost in how familiar it has become). Young boys with their rubber eyepatches and cardboard cutlasses are, in their adventures, more likely imitating noble Blood than the ruffian Long John Silver, even if they do not know it.

I was also fascinated to note the book's influence on my favourite writer, George MacDonald Fraser, author of Flashman. GMF swore by it – and by Sabatini – and if the only dedicated pirate stories he wrote were the comical fluff The Pyrates and the posthumous manuscript Captain in Calico, then Captain Blood's style is nevertheless clearly felt in all his prose. For Sabatini's prose is rich and colourful, that rare sort of book where you gorge yourself on the words without becoming bogged down in them. Captain Blood has those two ingredients essential for a crowd-pleasing cracker – pace and spicy dialogue – in spades, and plenty more besides. Character, plot and setting are all top-drawer. If you "would like to see an action fought at sea as an action should be fought, this is your opportunity" (pg. 206). ( )
1 stem MikeFutcher | Apr 4, 2018 |
Classic pirate fiction with history and little romance thrown in. Beautifully plotted, well told story includes injustice, slavery, treachery, retribution and redemption. ( )
  thewriterswife | Mar 26, 2018 |
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Peter Blood, a physician and an English gentleman becomes a pirate after suffering a grave injustice. Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels--who were fighting the oppressive King James--Blood is enslaved on a Barbados plantation. He escapes to Tortuga and becomes the leader of a colony of buccaneers.

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