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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

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

If someone had given me this story and asked me to guess who wrote it, I would never of thought of Charles Dickens. Part two of this story is written by Wilkie Collins.

This is a tale of a shipwreck on the high seas. It is an adventure story and a story of survival.

The more I read by Dickens, the mo

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.

At Christmas 1856, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and several other minor contributors published in Dickens’ publication,
Household Words
, a Christmas installment which included The Wreck of the Golden Mary. As the title suggests, this is the story of a shipwreck and the aftermath as the surviv

Charles Dickens was the editor of the publication "Household Words" when the special Christmas 1856 edition was published. Dickens (writing as a sea captain) and Wilkie Collins (writing as the first mate) wrote the exciting framing stories about the shipwreck of the Golden Mary. The framing stories

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

Very brief and very scintillating. This fast-paced narrative could be a Canterbury Tale on the high seas. After all, stories are told and songs sung to pass the time. This could be a parable... all that glistens is not gold, but some golds are priceless. A shipwreck allows time to magnify loose thre

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