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Wreck of the Golden Mary

Charles Dickens

Book Overview: 

A short story of a ship wreck in 1851 trying to round Cape Horn on its way to the California gold fields. Poignant and well written.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I might have done at the cabin table.

Of my passengers, I need only particularise, just at present, a bright-eyed blooming young wife who was going out to join her husband in California, taking with her their only child, a little girl of three years old, whom he had never seen; a sedate young woman in black, some five years older (about thirty as I should say), who was going out to join a brother; and an old gentleman, a good deal like a hawk if his eyes had been better and not so red, who was always talking, morning, noon, and night, about the gold discovery.  But, whether he was making the voyage, thinking his old arms could dig for gold, or whether his speculation was to buy it, or to barter for it, or to cheat for it, or to snatch it anyhow from other people, was his secret.  He kept his secret.

These three and the child were the soonest well.  The child was a most engaging child, to be sure, and very fond of me: though I am bound to admi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

NOTE: Please LINK HERE for my more comprehensive Goodreads review of the full text of this book. That one is for a review of a facsimile of Charles Dickens's original newspaper publication of this work, in his own magazine.

This edition of is a later publication of the work from 1955, illustrated by

Charles Dickens loved Christmas. In fact it is said that he is largely responsible for how we celebrate a traditional Christmas today, with more than a nod to the Victorian era. “A Christmas Carol” is the story millions of people will cite as being their favourite Christmas story, and Charles Dicken

I read the parts written by Dickens and Wilkie Collins. There’s a middle section of stories by other writers which I didn’t read. The Dickens/Collins sections tell the story of the wreck through the voices of the captain and the first mate and they are very steady reasonable men, just the sort you’d

In the 1856 Christmas edition of his magazine, Household Words, Charles Dickens included the story The Wreck of the Golden Mary. This was actually a three part construction by Dickens and his good friend Wilkie Collins, though Collins’ name did not appear.

The first story is The Wreck of the Golden

Well done. I found the various voices of the passengers' stories an interesting way to sound different from the main text.

I almost squealed with delight when I saw this book in the library. No, I had never heard of it nor anyone had ever recommended it to me. But what made me happy was that this book was written by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. Till I read this book , I had no clue that they were colleagues or ev

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