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The Best Pirate Stories Ever Told (Best Stories Ever Told) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00558B5QA
- Publisher : Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (1 May 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 22893 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 570 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 498,262 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book starts out with piracy in the ancient world, and I found I went to Wikipedia numerous times, mostly for maps of the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas, which is where those rascally curs plied their piratical trade. Indeed, I came to see this whole book as a great lesson on world geography, from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean to New Zealand to China and points inbetween. In this facet alone I felt this was a great book, and indeed one can view it as a text on maritime history, describing not only voyages and plundering but also the everyday life of a sailor. There are perhaps twenty descriptions of piracy throughout the ages, with a notable story about how Caesar was kidnapped by pirates and bargained with them to raise his ransom because he was such an important personage.
The next section describes captains, including Bluebeard, Blackbeard, Barbarossa John Rackham and his two notable females, Anne Bonney and Mary Reade, competent captains in their own right. This section also contains some chapters which are the legal proceedings against pirates, along with the verbatim accounts of the accused themselves, as well as the sentences (mostly hanging). While these were somewhat interesting, they were quite dry and plodding, as befits legalese. Nonetheless, the back stories of these notorious captains were very intriguing.
The next section is “Pirate Song and Verse,” which is both, being descriptions of pirates and songs of the pirates, including some quotes and last words of a number of them. The longest is an 1814 poem, “The Corsair,” by Lord Byron. Wikipedia indicates that this was perhaps based on the life of Jean Lafitte, and was extremely popular in its day. Well, for me it was interminable and very difficult to get through, largely, I think, because of the quirky 19th Century English, within which I lost the story line many times. But I digress.
The last part, “The Tales,” is a collection of fiction, mostly quite enjoyable, including an early chapter from Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim” and the first chapter of “Treasure Island.” The entire book is sprinkled with entries from well-known authors and adventurer, such as Daniel Defoe, John Seawall, Howard Pyle and Mark Twain.
All in all, I found this book enjoyable and educational and I’d give it four stars and would recommend it, as long as you are forewarned that it’ll take you some time to get through it and that some parts are not as enjoyable as others.
I believe it was a mixture of truth and fiction.
Would have enjoyed it much better if the words used were defined.
Most of them came up dry even when searching two dictionaries.
Hard to read when you don't know the words.