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Tom Cringle's Log
by Michael Scott
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From Library Journal
The title character of this 1834 novel is a midshipman serving aboard the HMS Torch. The episodic story follows his adventures both on land and sea. Fans of historical action fiction should find this fun.
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Reader's Digest of Books
"One of the most accurate pictures of West Indian life, both afloat and on shore, during the early part of the nineteenth century."
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"Said to rank with or surpass... Cooper and Marryat."
At sea at the time of Trafalgar
Now, said the Irish sergeant, "I could brain you, but it is not worth while!"--I question if he could, however, knowing as I did the thickness of their skulls, "Ah, here they come!"--and a dozen half drunken, more than half--naked, bloated, villainous--looking blackamoors, with shovels and pick--axes on their shoulders, came along the road, laughing and singing most lustily. They passed beneath where we sat, and, when about a stonecast beyond, they all jumped into a trench or pit, which I had not noticed before, about twenty feet long, by eight wide.
About the Author
Michael Scott (1789-1835) spent much of his life in the West Indies during one of the most dynamic periods in British colonial history. A plantation manager and merchant in Jamaica, his knowledge of Caribbean pirates was first-hand.
During his years in the West Indies, Tom Cringle's Log took shape in Scott's mind as a series of maritime and tropical adventure sketches. Later, after they were published anonymously in Blackwood's Magazine, the tales were melded together as an exciting novel.
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