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The Cruise of the Mary Rose Here and There in the Pacific   By: (1814-1880)

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The Cruise of the Mary Rose Here and There in the Pacific by William Henry Giles Kingston takes readers on a thrilling adventure through the vast Pacific Ocean. Set in the mid-19th century, the story follows a young sailor, Jack Rogers, as he embarks on an expedition aboard the Mary Rose, a magnificent ship bound for the Pacific islands.

From the opening pages, Kingston's detailed descriptions immerse readers in the world of maritime exploration. The author skillfully paints vivid images of the ship, its crew, and the stunning natural landscapes they encounter along the way. His extensive knowledge of sailing and naval terminology adds a sense of authenticity to the narrative, making the reader feel like they are truly aboard the Mary Rose.

The characterization in this novel is commendable. Jack Rogers, the protagonist, is a relatable and likable protagonist. As a young man eager to prove his worth, his growth and development throughout the story resonate with readers. The supporting characters are equally well-crafted, each contributing unique personalities and adding depth to the plot.

One of the notable aspects of The Cruise of the Mary Rose is Kingston's attention to detail. He not only explores the physical journey of the crew but also delves into the cultural nuances of the Pacific islands they visit. Through encounters with native tribes and explorations of intriguing customs, Kingston offers readers a glimpse into the diversity of cultures in the region. This aspect sets the book apart, giving it a broader appeal beyond just adventure enthusiasts.

The pacing of the narrative is well-managed, with moments of intense action interspersed with periods of reflection and character development. While the book primarily focuses on the exploration and the challenges faced by the crew, it also delves into themes such as friendship, loyalty, and personal growth. These additional layers make The Cruise of the Mary Rose a well-rounded and engaging read.

However, at times, the story can be overwhelming with technical nautical jargon, potentially alienating readers who are less familiar with sailing terms. While this may appeal to enthusiasts of maritime literature, it may prove challenging for those seeking a purely leisurely read.

In conclusion, The Cruise of the Mary Rose Here and There in the Pacific is a captivating adventure that transports readers to the heart of the Pacific Ocean. With its detailed descriptions, rich character development, and exploration of cultural diversity, William Henry Giles Kingston's novel offers a unique and enthralling experience. Though the technical jargon may be daunting for some, the book ultimately stands as an excellent example of maritime literature, sure to please fans of classic adventure stories.

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The Cruise of the Mary Rose, or Here and There in the Pacific, by William H G Kingston.

This book is very largely about the work of Christian missionaries in the Pacific. There is a thin plot, but otherwise we are treated to lengthy texts extracted from the reports of various missionaries, and of Naval officers who had visited the area.

The book is dressed up with a cover and a title that makes it look like a boy's adventure story from the second half of the nineteenth century. I imagine that many a kindly old aunt, searching for a Christmas present for a favourite nephew, will have bought a copy, and been surprised when the "thank you" letter didn't seem as effusive as she expected. But don't let me stop you reading it if you are interested in the work of these brave missionaries.

Kingston is generally quite pious in his writings, so you can imagine how pious he is when trying to out missionary the missionaries.

Some of their more nauseous habits of their "clients" are described, such as eating your enemy when you have killed him.


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