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Peter Simple

Frederick Marryat

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Peter Simple, 'the fool of the family', son of a parson but heir presumptive to a title, goes to sea as midshipman during the Napoleonic wars. Naturally, at sea in this period is where adventures are just waiting for a lad like Peter, and so he does stumble from one into the next. Of particular note is also the colourful group of supporting characters he meets on board and on shore.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We were now comparatively safe—in a few hours completely so: for, strange to say, immediately after we had weathered the rocks, the gale abated, and before morning we had a reef out of the topsails.

Chapter Sixteen. News from home—A “fatigue” party employed at Gibraltar—more particulars in the life of Mr Chucks—A brush with the enemy—a court-martial and a lasting impression.

A few days afterwards, a cutter joined us from Plymouth with orders for the frigate to proceed forthwith to Gibraltar, where we should learn our destination. We were all very glad of this: for we had had quite enough of cruising in the Bay of Biscay; and, as we understood that we were to be stationed in the Mediterranean, we hoped to exchange gales of wind and severe weather for fine breezes and a bright sky. The cutter brought out our letters and newspapers. I never felt more happy than I did when I found one put into my hands. It is necessary to be far f. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Są pisarze, których twórczość można rozpatrywać nie wspominając o nich samych oraz tacy, którzy są z nią związani w sposób sprawiający, iż ich dzieł nie można prawidłowo ocenić bez wiedzy o ich życiu i czasach, jak również wszelkie możliwe kombinacje pośrednie pomiędzy wspomnianymi skrajnościami. Fr

Excellent episodic account of the life of a young seaman in the age of the Napoleonic Wars. Rousing, very funny and historically informative. If you’re P.C. sensitive this is not the book for you....it was written in 1834 with all prejudices and opinions of the era.

A really wholesome book about coming of age and making a career at sea.
This story is full of humor, excitement, character moments and sweet relationships. While most of it consists of seperate little occurrences and stories, there are some consistent arks throughout the book.
The author himself was a

Young Peter Simple is given a place aboard ship as a midshipman, and he tells us his adventures on the high seas. He distinguishes himself in battle, earning the respect and admiration of his fellow officers. He is shipwrecked, imprisoned, and somehow manages to fall in love in the middle of it all.

Versión cómic.

Young Peter Simple has been told he lives up to his surname, and when he joins Nelson's Navy (as it is the "custom to sacrifice the greatest fool of the family to the prosperity and naval superiority of the country"), he certainly fits the role; He's a naïve boy of fourteen when he boards the H.M.S.

A delightful novel by a man who was himself a naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars, it concerns the adventures of Peter Simple, the 'greatest fool in his family,' as he becomes a midshipman, falls in love, has adventures, and rises to high position. It bears a great resemblance to Voltaire's Can

This book was first published in 1834. Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) was a British Royal Naval officer, novelist and knew Charles Dickens. Marryat developed the widely used system of maritime flag signaling known as Marryat’s Code. He wrote a semiautobiographical novel “The Midshipman Easy.” He is f

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