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Masterman Ready

Frederick Marryat

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ready;—that point’s settled,” observed Mr Seagrave: “what is the next?”

“The next is to prepare for our journey. We must take some provisions and water with us, a gun and some ammunition, a large axe for me, and one of the hatchets for William; and, if you please, Romulus and Remus had better come with us. Juno, put a piece of beef and a piece of pork into the pot. William, will you fill four quart bottles with water, while I sew up a knapsack out of canvas for each of us?”

“And what shall I do, Ready?” said Mr Seagrave.

“Why, sir, if you will sharpen the axe and the hatchet on the grindstone, it would be of great service, and Tommy can turn it, he is so fond of work.”

Tommy jumped up directly; he was quite strong enough to turn the grindstone, but he was much fonder of play than work; but as Ready had said that he was fond of it, he wished to prove that such was the case, and worked very . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Trust, care and endeavour.

Written in a different age I found it a delight to read regarding an instruction for good living, survival and general information. The book was down to earth for the times in which it was written with the limited knowledge and concept of people in the wider world unlike to

This survival story is similar to The Swiss Family Robinson in many ways. I think it's a very good book for kids since there are some good life lessons being taught by the author who was a seaman. Specially it was heavy on optimism and being grateful for what you have. Still it was nothing more than

"Necessity sharpens a man's wits;"

'Masterman Ready' is a complete adventure in many aspects in my opinion, checking most of which are usually expected from a story like this. The story is very detailed at at the same time very engaging, emphasizing almost all the difficulties to add a great deal of

This 1841 novel for young readers is - to the contemporary reader - really dreadful.

It is cringeworthily and heavy-handedly moralistic and didactic. And the values it espouses and is trying to indoctrinate in its young readers are, in many ways, a million miles from our own.

So why the four stars?


Good book for kids. I still love the book

Loveeeeeeeeeeeed it. My childhood was awesome cs of the books like Masterman Ready, Coral Island, The Black Arrow, Kidnap , Treasure Island n Robinson Crso

Very similar to Swiss Family Robinson in plot. Like the fact that they refer to God quite a bit, and talk about the different wonders of creation as well. Short, easy to read chapters make it easy to just read a little bit at a time.

A hundred years ago, this was considered a children's classic. It tells the story of the Seagrave family who are ship wrecked on a south sea island along with a wizened old sailor, Masterman Ready. That sounds like it might be a gripping story, but it's not. It switches between didactic lessons rega

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