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Captain Blood: His Odyssey is an adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, originally published in . Dumas (), two characters discuss their favourite novel by Sabatini; book dealer Lucas Corso declares his preference for Captain Blood. Captain Blood book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Short Description: Peter Blood, an Irish physician and soldier in En. Captain Blood, Captain Blood Returns, and The Fortunes of Captain Blood.
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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini. No cover available. Download. myavr.info: Captain Blood: His Odyssey (): Rafael Sabatini: Books. Captain Blood [Rafael Sabatini] on myavr.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. During the tumultuous reign of James II, Englishman Peter Blood.
At his lowest, when he finally gives into his anger out of a desire to be free, his honorable love for Arabella Bishop steps in and keeps his conduct in check. He chose ot listen to what he knew to be right, out of fear that he might do something that would forever keep Arabella at odds with him and stand in the way of any relationship they might forge. Only in his darkest moments, after he believes Arabella Bishop's heart has been lost irrevocably to a man he believes to be an honorable rival does he find the ultimate truth "if you truly love someone, set them free and, if their love is as true as yours, they will come back of their own accord.
As is usually the case in fairy-tales as it is in life, such a "surrender" to "things that I cannot change" allows him to recapture his humanity for himself, independent of Arabella Bishop's love, and Arabella still comes to him proving yet another long known, but also long forgotten truth of human nature. Character counts. Still, I find Blood and Arabella to be almost too hard headed for their own entertainment value.
Still, contrary to popular belief, love, not transistors or plunder is more powerful than gravity. Arabella - For a female character written in the s about an era where, frankly, women mattered little beyond their dowry, and any linked titles that transferred with marriage, or as a trophy wife their beauty Arabella Bishop stood out as a strong independent character with he own distinct identity that did not define itself as a damsel in distress, even when she needed rescuing, or a pretty flower on display, even when talking about how attractive she was.
I could see Lauren Bacall or Audrey Hepburn playing the role properly.
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Not that she didn't have her moments of weakness, where, somehow loving a man diminished her to a blushing girl in denial of her own feelings. Fairly enough, it seemed Blood suffered from the same weakness.
We never learned as much about them as we learned about Blood and Arabella but they were more than the average cardboard cutout. The twisted politics of war made up the third rail of villainy as much as any character. Perhaps Ares, the fickle God of war came into play in an unsubstantial yet noticeable presence.
The Crew of the Arabella - We never learned enough about Blood's fellow pirates. Pitt and the old Gunner figured most prominently but even they only had slightly more character than the others and, like the others, functioned to validate Blood's true nature more than establish any of their own personality like the villains had. This meant that I wanted more information about them, but, since they functioned as one of Blood's appendages the focus stayed on Blood's personal conflicts, over love, resentment of the crown, man's inhumanity to man and walking the fine line between piracy and survival.
Theme This story had some wonderful themes woven together in a tight braid. On the surface, the story seemed to be all about love, yet, even older than that, in story time, lay the story of how, under the best of intentions, inhumane practices, such as kangaroo courts, political grudges, slavery, savage, brutal desires for power, glory and revenge stood at odds with what is right and just.
The story challenged the rights of one man, be he king, judge or deputy governor of Jamaica, or jealous lover to label, or stand in judgement of the "worth" of another fellow human being.
At the heart of that conflict, came the confrontation between the truly righteous and the self-righteous, self-determination vs. In this story, might did not make right and the strong could not overcome the determined. The story allowed the reader to determine their own level of involvement.
Those who wanted a simple love story, or pirate story will not be disappointed, nor will those who like to delve into deeper conflicts of morality and philosophy. Adventure elements--successful or not? This book, like many written before a certain period I estimate to be in the mid 60s to late 70s , relied more on narration than detail and discussion of situations rather than allowing readers to experience those situations as they read.
Compared to contemporary books written as late as the early s the battles at sea that we did get to experience in this book had a lot more to offer and brought the tension in the story to a higher level than most books. The daring rescue of Arabella where Blood drove his ship between to warships so quickly that the crossfire did more damage to themselves than to the Arabella and other battles were creative and, appropriately humorous.
I even felt the urge to cheer as Blood turned the tables on his enemies through acts of heroism, just being plain sneaky. More than the average book from this era. That begs the question "is it fair to compare a book written in to a book written in ? To me, that's a call best made on a case by case basis subject to my personal circumstances when I read the story and circumstances of the era the book had been written in, as well as the shortfalls of the era the story is about.
I'm not going to do anything substantial in the way of answering this question, but, I will say this.
For this book, I feel it mostly should be compared to other books written in the same era. Therefore, this book should get high marks. Strangely, it's more then complex mix of themes, and character issues, like Blood's sense of morality what's right that seems to be the engine behind decision to dive into combat or to avoid it that makes me want to be consistently inconsistent here and rate this aspect favorably high as compared to contemporary works.
Overall thoughts on book. Rating out of stars or ? Overall, this was a fun book to read. I had to work a bit to get some of the humor and, being able to imagine it all as the movie by the same name helped with visualization when the story felt short a few details.
Generally, compared to works written in the same era, for me, this story seemed to have more life and vitality than others. Overall, a worthwhile read that, for those who desire a deeper story than what's on the face of it, this book addressed some moral issues that inspired internal thought and debate. Overall, on a scale, I'd give it a 7. It's not perfect, but what book is?
That's a 3. Similar books you'd recommend? If you even liked this book, "a little-bit" you'll love Ramage by Dudley Pope , Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling and, though it is not a story of pirates, it is a story with a swashbuckling hero, The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle the latter being a personal favorite thanks to the "Thurber - like humor and witty story development.
View all 6 comments. The physician Peter Blood is unjustly arrested for treason under unfortunate circumstances, and sold into slavery in Barbados. In the beginning of the book, before the trial, he doesn't even take sides in the ongoing political debate, but the circumstances changes him. When he and the other slaves escape the sadistic Colonel Bishop, they are desperate and adapt to their new life. Spoiler's alert! This is pure entertainment, and I really like the main protagonist for his sharp-witted, arrogant and The physician Peter Blood is unjustly arrested for treason under unfortunate circumstances, and sold into slavery in Barbados.
This is pure entertainment, and I really like the main protagonist for his sharp-witted, arrogant and ironic manner and the way he treats his pompous superiors and other people of high rang who think themselves important. When he loses his motivation, when Miss Bishop calls him a thief and a pirate, the only thing which will set him straight is a condescending glance from the M.
If he is going to be a thief and a pirate, he is going to be an excellent one. One minor problem I found a little irritating is that the pirate museum in Nassau states that pirates had a certain codex to follow, and that included treating women gentlemanly.
Either Nassau has it wrong, or Sabatini had a strong imagination, because most pirates in the book, except the main characters, seemed morally detached. Other flaws I found bothersome was in some of the encounters at sea where the victories seemed just a bit incredible. A third thing worth mentioning is Peter's somewhat naive characteristic, but this latter complaint might be a rather good description of a man, whose destiny forces him to change into someone he doesn't want to be.
Peter isn't fit for piracy, but with a dominant authoritative manner and brains sharper than all the governors of the islands, he succeeds, never-the-less.
Even though Captain Blood is entertaining and adventurous, it has other qualities as well. It describes the social classes and conventions of the time, as well as the less fortunate states. Slavery and piracy were just different sides of the coin of unfortunate destiny back in the 17th century, the one not so different from the other. Both are a kind of imprisonment and detachment from the world, and when forced upon you, it's already too late to do anything about it to justify or redeem yourself.
And despite Peter trying to come back to a normal life, prejudices, greed and jealousy in other men prevent him from reaching that goal, until the last chapter. What saves him in the end has ironically nothing to do with a change of mind by those men, or some agreement between them, but purely that the political alliances of the Glorious Revolution shift, and Peter goes from traitor to respectable in a matter of hours.
This emphasizes the fact that our perception of the world, our view of right and wrong depends almost entirely on our surroundings. Peter is the exception, but it's only because he is open-minded, challenging and without much prejudice. What I like best in this adventure novel is that Peter Blood maintains his honor, dignity and moral throughout the book, despite being treated unjustly, and that his strong-minded persistence pays off.
Feb 22, Mr. When I picked up this book, I originally failed to make the connection with the classic black and white flick with Errol Flynn. That lasted about half of the first chapter. Captain Blood is the story of Peter Blood, a former soldier, sailor, and doctor who settles down to practice his trade in obscurity in Ireland.
Summoned in the middle of the night to help save a wounded rebel in the wake of the failed Monmouth Rebellion, Blood is arrested for treason against King James. The trial is a per When I picked up this book, I originally failed to make the connection with the classic black and white flick with Errol Flynn. The trial is a perfunctory and he finds himself sold into slavery in Barbados.
Afforded special treatment due to his skills as a physician, Blood and his fellow slaves escape and take up as Buccaneers - although not before Blood falls in love with the beautiful Arabella, the niece of his owner. The remainder of the story basically recounts Blood's adventures as he is hounded by both the Spanish and the English. The Spanish because, well, that's where the money is and he's been raiding their shipping.
The English because he humiliated his former owner who eventually becomes the Governor of Jamaica. I confess that this type of stuff drives me nuts.
Both Blood and Arabella deny their true feelings for one another but are oddly entranced by one another. They both draw and repel one another doing things that just made me shake my head. All in all an enjoyable read.
The language was not quite contemporary and lacked the crispness that I'm accustomed to, but that was OK. When it was good mainly the scenes where Blood is being a rascal the book was very good.
It also offered a view into the world of Early Modern European politics - the end of the Stuart dynasty in England, and the recession of Spain as a world power. Tree stars out of five. A fun book, but, honestly, it was kind of like watching the movie. I couldn't separate Blood from Flynn in my mind's eye.
Captain Blood is a delightful example of a romantic story that is so refreshing! And by romantic I don't mean a romance, which it kinda is, but a book representing romanticism, though it was written some 30 years after the peak of the movement.
It is, of course, naive in some regards, featuring a romantic and idealistic pirate figure, but it's not naive in a crude and inexperienced way. It's idealistic in a way of old stories with knights and ladies. It takes the reality and subtracts ugliness, Captain Blood is a delightful example of a romantic story that is so refreshing! It takes the reality and subtracts ugliness, showing beauty people should strive for. The language of the book reminds me of an iron-cast railing: Rafael Sabatini definitely knew how to use the full potential of English grammar.
I had read a translation years ago and I must admit that the original is so much better. Reading it enriched my English considerably. Besides, it provided quite a variety of topics for one of my family's favorite pastimes - kitchen linguistics.
For example, I haven't known that numerals used to look in English the way they still look in German: I'm still having troubles wrapping my mind about it and trying to imagine the thought process associated with this format.
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And this is only one example. I read a few reviews accusing the book of racism and saying that there is too much of it for a book from s. But they forget that the book is set in the seventeenth century, and though the character is purely fictional, a lot of the facts are not.
The author follows historical events pretty closely and enriches the story with real events, sometimes setting them at slightly different times and places.
And no, we can't really re-write the history. It was as it was, and there is no point in forgetting or denying it.
View all 3 comments. This is a swashbuckling tale, and if I'd been a teenager reading it in the s, when it was written, it would have gotten at least four stars.
I have to dock it, however, for the persistent casual racism about the "negroes" with whom he is enslaved, and for the comments about anyone not English. It's mentioned as extraordinary that his father was not a drunkard, because he was Irish, for example. This novel was made into a movie in , starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, which is gre This is a swashbuckling tale, and if I'd been a teenager reading it in the s, when it was written, it would have gotten at least four stars.
This novel was made into a movie in , starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, which is great fun. Sep 26, J. Reading Scaramouche is one of those odd experiences where a genre book really surprises you with its depth and complexity.
It's a swashbuckling story with only two swordfights, where political theory, masked theater forms, and the science of fencing all take center stage, and where the hero is strangely shy, introverted, and reluctant. But Captain Blood never strays as far from its genre boundaries. We still have a somewhat quiet, humble, over-educated hero Scarmouche is the lawyer-turned-actor, Reading Scaramouche is one of those odd experiences where a genre book really surprises you with its depth and complexity.
We still have a somewhat quiet, humble, over-educated hero Scarmouche is the lawyer-turned-actor, Blood the doctor-turned-pirate , but Blood is less complex, less conflicted. His depressive brooding is not as interesting as Scaramouche's wry frustration, in part because it's less active. In both stories, the movements of the plot are dictated by misunderstandings, things left unsaid, assumptions made too quickly. For the audience, it's more satisfying to see a hero who is angered by these misunderstandings, and who wants to change them, rather than one who simply accepts them and gives into his woe, being saved in the end only by chance.
It's more interesting to see a character win his love than to stumble upon it after a sufficient length of hardship. The plot is made up of the expected parts: The book is well-researched, and the pacing isn't bad, but it lacks a certain depth. The world is not complete, it is a single view, with few insights or surprises, which is the danger of any genre piece that never strays from the bare bones of its form.
It's an exciting enough bit of adventure, with some thoughtfulness and characters who are not simple cardboard cliches, but in the end, there isn't much to it. View all 17 comments. Fantastic read! I liked it better than Treasure Island! I honestly can't believe this was published in In a good way. Not going into a huge review. Just want to say the writing was excellent for it's time.
I actually felt emotions, passion Blood was an honorable Pirate and I loved him so much. I also believe the book is based on actual events..
Romnace peeps: And the separation! I also hated that they didn't clear the misunderstanding until like the last 3 pages!
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As far as triggers.. I would say it's safe. No mention of hero's past with women, if he "cheated" and vice versa with the heroine. It is vague.. There is a HEA but not until the very end. Squeaky clean not even a kiss hide spoiler ] Aug 31, Vivian marked it as to-read Shelves: My GR friend Evgeny so kindly informed that yes, this is the inspiration for the Errol Flynn adventure: Captain Blood. Sourcing my copy, now.
My favourite book. View 1 comment. I hadn't heard of Sabatini until quite recently, when I saw him credited as one of Arturo Perez-Reverte's major influences - along with Alexandre Dumas.
That was enough to make me seek out a book! This novel is the story that the movie starring Errol Flynn was based on - and it is indeed, as one might expect, a swashbuckling pirate adventure.
Peter Blood, an educated doctor with a military background, runs afoul of the law for giving medical aid to a political rebel against King James Stuart. Condemned as a traitor, he's shipped off to the Caribbean and sold as a slave - where, of course, he chastely falls in love with his owner's daughter, Arabella.
His medical training gives him opportunities other slaves do not have - and when the chance comes, he makes an escape, seizes a ship, and turns pirate - leaving his true love behind. Many piratical adventures ensue, giving the book somewhat of the feeling of a serial - but enough of a plot runs through all Blood's escapades to tie it all together. A fun, quick read, regardless of the novel's age - it's definitely withstood the test of time.
Pirates and the people who love them. Recommended to Mick by: My Grandfather - posthumously. What a pleasure to read. Although I'm not very informed on these matters, I would hazard a guess that most readers would consider Captain Blood the definitive pirates tail - when told from the pirates perspective.
The language inside is easily as beautiful and inspiring as the appearance of the book itself. It was simply written long ago. However, once I found that voice it was almost impossible for me to put the book down. Dec 22, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: A swashbuckling tale full of adventure and romance in the traditional sense, well worth being read alongside Kidnapped and Ivanhoe.
I probably would have given it 5 stars if it hadn't taken me over a year to actually finish. That's mostly on me, though. What's more to say? It was fun.
It was adventurous. It was classic. It is worth reading. I found the last third particularly hard to put down. Very engaging and suspenseful! May 20, Dan Schwent rated it liked it.
In this tale of swashbuckling adventure, Peter Blood goes from being a doctor to a slave to a pirate captain and beyond. It is the measuring stick against which other pirate novels are measured. So why did I only give it a three? It's pretty slow moving.
Blood doesn't become a pirate until over a third into the book. The writing style didn't exactly thrill me either. Other than that, I enjoyed it. What a fun story! The unjustly treated Blood yearns for justice, and events come full circle, allowing him an opportunity to find it. Being good pays off at the end, while those who are bad do, eventually, get their just deserts. It's a fast-paced, rollicking, swashbuckling, fun tome.
Some events breeze along too fast, and there are quite a few too many fortuitous coincidences, but overall Sabatini has written a ripping good yarn. He juggles a great deal here, and finds particularly the "romance" between Arabella and Blood difficult to sustain, but many of the set scenes -- the battles and clashes, in particular -- are breathless fun. Captain Blood is a bit too good to be true: he is always the gentleman and certainly no rogue. His confrontations with those that wrong him are, however, particularly well done and effective -- so, for example, with the greedy and wrong-headed M.
Some of the scenes could have been fleshed out more and the characters more deeply drawn. The writing, too, is a bit thin on occasion -- with the occasional florid dashes then sticking out all the more so. Too much of the book reads simply too hurried, but it is a fun read, and a few of the scenes are quite remarkable. They take prizes, recruit followers, and grow into a fleet of buccaneers, based on the lawless French island of Tortuga. And Peter Blood commands them all, exerting a remarkable degree of discipline for pirates and restraining their most uncivilized impulses.
As far as anyone can in the circumstances, Blood remains a civilized, honorable, thinking pirate. Sometimes, though, this means walking a dangerous line between doing what he sees as right and losing control of his crew. There are a few sentences you may have to read twice before you can sort out their grammatical subtleties. If you read this book unawares, you may come away convinced that there really was such a historical person as Captain Blood. He even quotes directly from the original documents, describes where they can be found for further study, and argues that a particular caper elsewhere attributed to Captain Morgan seems more likely to have been pulled off by Peter Blood.Eventually sent to the British West Indies instead, as a slave on the island of Barbados, dead men can't make money for the Crown.
There was a perceptible heave of the slight breast that faintly swelled the flimsy bodice of white silk. Without the love story, this would have, one, been a lot shorter, and, two, the story would not have been nearly as interesting. Lily - January 22, Subject: However, fortune winks at him at a most timely moment.
After the Glorious Revolution , Blood is pardoned.