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Captain Blood (1922)

von Rafael Sabatini

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Peter Blood, a physician and an English gentleman becomes a pirate after suffering a grave injustice. Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels--who were fighting the oppressive King James--Blood is enslaved on a Barbados plantation. He escapes to Tortuga and becomes the leader of a colony of buccaneers.… (mehr)
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High-seas adventure story. Looking back on it, it seems as if Mr. Blood is a bit too perfect and the story is a bit too predictable in its outlines but i only noticed this afterward. While reading, the story keeps you completely engaged and you tend to miss its flaws.
One thing i did notice however is the authors change of perspective, much of the story is done straight from Bloods point of view but occasionally a more overlooking approach is taken. This can be disconcerting and takes you out of the story a bit.
One final thing i have to mention is the racism, at first it seems like there isn't any until you realize that's because black people are completely ignored by the story. They are shown as not even animals but simple mechanical devices with no personalities at all.
Overall this is very solid and engaging stuff, its hard not to like despite the author occasionally distancing the reader from the action. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Loved it! I couldn't say it was a classic-- but it is definitely high-class entertainment. I'm not quite sure if I approve of myself liking it-- I have a feeling that back in the day was the equivalent of a paperback romance. But what fun it was! The adventure and the drama! I think that BBC should do a miniseries of this book! It would be AWESOME! ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
This was a sort of historical swash buckler, I suppose. Peter Blood was a physician who had spent time in France as a soldier of fortune, fighting against the Spanish. But, he's back in England being a respectable physician. There's a bit of a local insurrection against King James II of England. He doesn't take part in the insurrection per se, but he gets caught up when he goes to patch up a local worthy who had been wounded. The local authorities claimed he was giving aid and comfort to the enemy, so gathered him up with the insurrectionists. Rather than hanging them, they were sold into slavery in Barbados. They were bought by a Col. Bishop and put to work on his plantation.

Well, a Spanish fleet came into the harbor and began taking things over. The English were more interested in protecting themselves than in guarding their slaves, so Blood and his cronies escaped. Not only did they escape, they managed to take over one of the Spanish ships, a ship which was lightly guarded because much of its crew were ravaging the town in Barbados.

Thus began Blood's career as captain of a privateer, basically, he became a pirate. But he was a good pirate, sort of, he only pirated Spanish ships.

Well, lots happens, among them is that Blood finds himself rather attracted to Arabella Bishop, Col. Bishop's niece and ward. How can that work out well? Well, read the book to find out. Lots of high adventure and skulduggery. Rather a classic of the genre.
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  lgpiper | Sep 7, 2021 |
I am of an age that remembers spending Saturday afternoons at my local movie theater with a bag of popcorn and a box of milk duds and a coke that in total cost me about a dollar. The movies (and there were always two of them----with a cartoon just to get you going) were 50 cents. Those hours were magical and movies have never been better. They say you can't go back home again; but reading Captain Blood took me right back to being 10 years old. The hero is larger than life, as good with his brains, and his rapier wit, as with his sword. The villains are nothing short of despicable. I can hear the chorus of 10 year old cat-calls and jeers at their every appearance. Captain Blood may be the perfect adventure novel. Seriously. Get yourself some popcorn, a quiet place to read, and be prepared to be entertained. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
"Captain Blood paced the poop of his ship alone in the tepid dusk, and the growing golden radiance of the great poop lantern in which a seaman had just lighted the three lamps"

Tell me you didn't snicker a little bit reading that sentence.

So, right off the bat, there are some pretty glaring things one needs to overlook as an anarchist reading this book:

The protagonist is assumed to be a better pirate for his professional-class upbringing: he is without the trappings of a more proletarian pirate who might be swayed by animal urges of barbarism. He keeps his class signifiers by shaving and wearing the finest silks and etc. Furthermore, Peter Blood is consistently praised for his absolute control over the more proletarian elements of his fleet with a lot of talk about their utter submission to his will. Peter Blood then parlays his pirating gig into the governorship of an important colony to the English crown. So Peter Blood merely dabbles in brigandage, and returns after only a couple of years to his position of privilege.

The only woman mentioned in the book is the love interest, who, though described as tomboyish and irreverent to female expectation, swoons and pouts and acts almost exclusively in the proscribed literary feminine role. In contrast to the main character and many others throughout the book, Arabelle is one-dimensional.

There are mentions of black people throughout the book, but they are referred to exclusively as slaves, and often with wince-worthy blood quota language: "her octaroon" for example. The chattel slaves are never given more than a passing mention, despite sometimes playing important roles in battles (I'm thinking here of the de Riverarol raid on Cartagena). They often announce the presence of other characters, rather than have a presence themselves. This is disappointing, too.

If you ignore the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy of the book, however (ha ha), this was a great swashbuckling pirate tale, a good escape book. The scenes of battle are riveting if sometimes confusing to a landlubber. The best parts are Peter Blood's quick tongue and knack for putting those in power out of it, and never compromising. Pretty much every tin-pot governor and admiral is given a choice to go against his will and die a horrible death, or be allowed to live by Peter Blood's generosity. It makes for fantastic reading. ( )
  magonistarevolt | Apr 30, 2020 |
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Peter Blood, a physician and an English gentleman becomes a pirate after suffering a grave injustice. Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels--who were fighting the oppressive King James--Blood is enslaved on a Barbados plantation. He escapes to Tortuga and becomes the leader of a colony of buccaneers.

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