Esta clásica novela de aventuras escrita en 1837 desarrolla el mito del Holandés Errante. En ella se suceden episodios con piratas, naufragios, combates en tierras desconocidas, pero siempre originados por el halo de misterio que rodea a una vieja reliquia familiar legada a Philip Vanderdecken, un joven que, por azar o destino, llega a toparse con ese buque condenado a navegar (junto a toda su tripulación) hasta el Día del Juicio Final. Philip descubrirá quién es el capitán de ese buque fantasma, alguien demasiado cercano a él como para no dejar de intentar, por todos los medios, volver a encontrar al Holandés Errante.El mito del Holandés ErranteSegún la tradición, el Holandés Errante o el Holandés Volador (De Vliegende Hollander) es un barco fantasma que no puede volver a puerto, condenado a vagar para siempre por los océanos del mundo. El velero es siempre oteado en la distancia, a veces resplandeciendo con una luz fantasmal. Si otro barco lo saluda, su tripulación tratará de hacer llegar sus mensajes a tierra, a personas muertas siglos atrás.Las versiones de la leyenda son innumerables. Unas cuentan que la historia originariamente es holandesa, mientras que otras afirman que está basada en la obra de teatro The Flying Dutchman (1826), del dramaturgo inglés Edward Fitzball, y en la novela The Phantom Ship («El buque fantasma», 1837) de Frederick Marryat, más tarde adaptada al holandés como Het Vliegend Schip («El buque volador») por el clérigo de esa nacionalidad A.H.C. Römer. Otras versiones aluden a la ópera El holandés errante, de Richard Wagner (1841) y a The Flying Dutchman on Tappan Sea de Washington Irving (1855).
The children of aristocratic Colonel Beverley, a Cavalier officer killed at the Battle of Naseby, are believed to have died in the flames when their house is burned by Roundhead soldiers. However, they escape and are raised by Joseph Armitage, a gamekeeper in his cottage in the New Forest. The story describes the children's adaptation to the life of simple cottagers.
This 1834 maritime adventure transports the reader to London's fabled port, aboard the lighters that ply the shifting tides of the Thames. Jacob loses both parents, becomes adopted by a wharf owner, and forges friendships with an old lighterman, his son, and their dog. Picaresque adventures catapult him to his place as a gentleman.
This children's classic, set in the period of civil unrest that shook England to its core in the seventeenth century, follows the travails that befall a group of children after their father, an officer, is slain in battle. When the family home is burned to the ground by enemy soldiers, the children escape to the modest forest cottage of a local gamekeeper and set about the task of putting their lives back together.
It can be argued that modern nautical fiction began with this book the first that flowed from Frederick Marryat s pen. Written in 1829, it follows the adventures of Frank Mildmay as he enters the Royal Navy and begins his rocky climb up the career ladder. Marryat intentionally made Mildmay a rake and a hell-raiser so that people would not confuse the character s fictional adventures with his own very real ones. In fact, people did just the reverse and assumed that Marryat was writing about himself. The extent to which the novel was autobiographical is debated to this day. The one thing that is not debated is that it is a great read. It s filled with completely plausible nautical adventure, and written with the accuracy and realism that can only come from a writer who has been there and done that. "
If you seek to understand nautical fiction, you must begin with Frederick Marryat. "Forster was certainly correct in declaring [Masterman Ready] the most read, and the most willingly reread, of its class. For its mere cleverness alone the book can be enjoyed by the oldest of readers... [It] is one of the best, perhaps the very best, thing of its kind in English." - David Hannay Only Frederick Marryat would have the nerve to take a shopworn theme like a group of people shipwrecked on a deserted island, and turn it into a classic. Masterman Ready is clearly worthy of standing next to Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, and Johann David Wyss' Swiss Family Robinson. A family is en route to Australia by ship. The ship is caught in a storm and abandoned by the crew-leaving a lone family and an aging seaman (Masterman Ready) on board. The ship does not sink, however, but makes it to an uninhabited island. They make it to shore, only to run into a whole different set of problems trying to survive. The ending is one you will never forget.
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