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John Meade Falkner

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The novel is set in a fishing village in Dorset during the mid 18th century. The story concerns a 15 year old orphan boy, John Trenchard, who becomes friends with an older man who turns out to be the leader of a gang of smugglers.

One night John chances on the smugglers’ store in the crypt beneath the church. He explores but hides behind a coffin when he hears voices. He finds a locket which contains a parchment, in the coffin belonging to Colonel Mohune. Unfortunately after the visitors leave, he finds himself trapped inside, and is only rescued two days later when two of the smugglers, Ratsey, the sexton and Elzevir Block, the innkeeper of the Why Not?, the local pub, investigate his disappearance. His aunt insists he leaves her house and Elzevir Block takes him in to live at the pub.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And surely this could not be chance alone, but must rather be the finger of Providence guiding me to that which I desired to find. This consideration somewhat restored my courage, and after several feints to return, advances, stoppings, and panics, I was in the vault again, walking carefully round the stack of barrels, and fearing to see the glimmer of the candle fall upon that beard. There it was upon the sand, and holding the candle nearer to it with a certain caution, as though it would spring up and bite me, I saw it was a great full black beard, more than a foot long, but going grey at the tips; and had at the back, keeping it together, a thin tissue of dried skin, like the false parting which Aunt Jane wore under her cap on Sundays. This I could see as it lay before me, for I did not handle or lift it, but only peered into it, with the candle, on all sides, busying myself the while with thoughts of the man of whom it had once been part.

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Ιδανικό για τις τελευταίες βροχερές μέρες που ταιριάζουν και με το κλίμα του βιβλίου.
Λίγο παλιομοδίτικο, γράφτηκε το 1898 άλλωστε, πολύ ατμοσφαιρικό, μια εφηβική περιπέτεια με λαθρέμπορους, κρυμμένους θησαυρούς, κατάρες, σκοτεινά νεκροταφεία, μια δυνατή φιλία, έναν μεγάλο έρωτα κι ενα φαντασμα.


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A Blast from the Past

Number me among the many who read this book in grade school back in the late 60's or 70's and the name stuck with me through the years.

Later as an adult, I returned to this book to read it anew and experience the magic again.

Yes, this is book designed for the younger reader. But

MOONFLEET is one of only two novels on the list of books which I was assigned in high school English that I read and actually enjoyed (the other one was HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES). And what's more, I was thrilled to discover that it held up and was equally enjoyable when I re-read it more than 50 ye

As in life, so in a game of hazard, skill will make something of the worst of throws

A fine story of coming of age and treasure hunt starting from a village of smugglers in Southern England steeped in local tales and legends.

Maybe the twists and turns in the second half are overdone and far-fetch

I began reading this book aged I think about 12 , whilst on the train with my father for a trip to London, l was totally engrossed in it and could not put it down . Unfortunately a few days later as we travelled across one of the bridges crossing the Thames on our way to the Science museum in a red

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