Many chronicles have been written about life at sea, but few, if any, can compare with Rudyard Kipling’s masterpiece, Captains Courageous. It can be found on countless lists of the finest literary works of all time, and is one of his major achievements.
When rebellious Harvey Cheyne is suspended from boarding school, his businessman father takes him to Europe on a business trip.
When the spoiled boy falls overboard, he is saved from death by a humble fisherman, and forced by the captain of the fishing schooner to become a low-ranking member of the ship's crew alongside the captain's own son.
The gruff and hearty crew teach the young man to be worth his salt as they fish the waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
Captains Courageous remains as transcendent as ever in this beautifully realized 21st century digital edition; as relevant today as when it was first published over a century ago.
RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936) was a Nobel Prize winning English poet, short-story writer and novelist. Numerous authors were strongly influenced by Kipling's writing and Kipling has garnered high praise from writers as varied as Jorge Luis Borges, Poul Anderson, and Randall Jarrell who wrote that, “After you have read Kipling's best stories you realize that few men have written this many stories of this much merit, and that very few have written better stories.” His Captains Courageous, The Jungle Book and Kim, are regarded as masterworks.