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Book Title: All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 577 KB
v The author of the book: Armstrong Sperry
Edition: David R. Godine Publisher
Date of issue: February 23rd 1995
ISBN 13: 9780879235239
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Read full description of the books All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud:I found this title in an used bookstore in the little town of Columbia Falls, Montana, and paid $10 for it thinking it was a non-fiction account of the legendary sailing ship Flying Cloud. My copy is a 1935 edition and includes a very large number of superb woodcut illustrations. Instead of the factual account I was expecting, the book is actually historic fiction of the so-called "juvenile" variety. This is a book for boys, and specifically boys of eighty years ago when square-rigged sailing ships were still common and transporting cargoes around the world.
Much of the charm of the book comes from the combination of illustrations and the text. Without them the work would loose much of its power and I suspect the somewhat negative reviews by others here are a result of later editions lacking the illustrations.
Some reviewers have complained about the nautical terminology included in the text, an extremely unfair and inappropriate objection for a book like this. The Patrick O'Brian "Master and Commander" books are loaded with such terminology and without any context or explanation, and in my opinion the O'Brian books are the most deliciously musical of all modern popular fiction...but that's another review for another book.
The only really odd thing about this book is the ending. It is quite dark by comparison to the rest of the story and I didn't think it was appropriate for a work of juvenile fiction.
The genre of sea stories, factual and fictional, is a great one and ALL SAIL SET fits nicely on the shelf with many other titles celebrating the era of sailing ships. I don't know how much of the story is based on fact but the general picture the story paints is detailed and intimate and it gives a receptive reader a good idea of the life of a boy going to sea for the first time. It certainly isn't for every young reader but for anyone with an interest in maritime history, it's a good book with superb illustrations in the original edition.
Read information about the authorAuthor and illustrator, he won the Newbery Award in 1941 for Call It Courage.
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