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Martin Rattler

R. M. Ballantyne

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. . .ntenance, as if they were for ever bewailing the loss of near and dear relations, and could by no means come at consolation; and some were small and pretty, with faces no bigger than a halfpenny. As a general rule, it seemed to Barney, the smaller the monkey the longer the tail.

Yes, well might they gaze and gaze again in surprise and in excessive admiration; and well might Barney O’Flannagan—under the circumstances, with such sights and sounds around him, and the delightful odours of myrtle trees and orange blossoms and the Cape jessamine stealing up his nostrils—deem himself the tenant of another world, and evince his conviction of the fact in that memorable expression—“I’ve woked in paradise!”

But Barney began to find “paradise” not quite so comfortable as it ought to be; for when he tried to get up he found his bones pained and stiff from sleeping in damp clothes; and moreover, his face was very much swelled, owi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

nostalgia! First read when I was aged 7. Only Xmas present in 1941.

I would give it a 7 out of 10 .

One of my favourite childhood stories.

I enjoyed the first few chapters of the book while the story was still set in England. Those were the chapters where Martin Rattler's aunt was on the scene and emotions could be stirred up as you rooted for the hero of the story. But once the narrative arrived in South America, especially once it...more

R M Ballantyne was said to have made it his rule to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described in his books but I can find no evidence of his having visited Brazil, in whose forests and besides whose rivers 'Martin Rattler' is set.

But that does not mean that Ball...more

it was OK

My first Ballantyne book. Really enjoyed it.

But of course Martin Rattler is a very clever story: "Their haste was by no means unnecessary. Great black clouds rushed up towards the zenith from all points of the compass, and, just as they reached the woods, darkness so thick that it might almost be felt overspread the scene. Then there was a...more

Awesome adventure. Loved it.

More than any other - the book I read under my bedsheets, as a boy... Showing me as it did, the power of words to transport...more

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