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The Manxman

Sir Hall Caine

Book Overview: 

The Manxman tells the story of two childhood friends, a poor fisherman, Pete Quilliam, and a lawyer, Philip Christian. Pete is in love with Kate but when her father, Old Caesar refuses to consent to their marriage, Pete sets off for Africa to make his fortune, asking Philip to take care of Kate until he returns.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .king and talking, and scheming for ever, for coming home.'"

"Ah! home is a full cup," moaned Grannie. "It was a show the way that lad was fond of it. 'Give me a plate of mate, bolstered with cabbage, and what do I care for their buns and sarves, Grannie,' says he. Aw, boy veen, boy bogh!"

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Community Reviews

THE GIST:
Set on the Isle of Man, two cousins, both conceived in shame, become involved with a comely young maiden.

Hall Caine is revered in the Isle of Man so I decided to read one of his best known books. The story was quite compelling and even racy for the time but the old fashioned language was an obstacle. Glad I've read it as I enjoyed the Manx cultural references but probably won't attempt one of Caine'...more

Since I am on the Isle of Man, I thought I would read as many Manx books as I can--it is too hard to get them in other places. I am reading the Manxman by Hall Caine now. It is over 100 years old, and some of the language shows its age, but it is a well-written book. For the nineteenth century, i...more

I would describe The Manxman as the Isle of Man's answer to Wuthering Heights. What makes The Manxman different to WH is that this is as much of a platonic love story between two best friends as well as the traditional, unspoken longing between lovers of different social classes.

Philip, a promis...more