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The Little Savage   By: (1792-1848)

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The Little Savage by Frederick Marryat is a captivating tale that takes readers on a heartwarming journey of discovery, resilience, and the power of human connection.

The story revolves around young Edmund, a shipwreck survivor who finds himself alone on a deserted island. Marryat masterfully portrays Edmund's struggle to survive and adapt to the harsh realities of nature, as he learns to fish, build shelter, and fend off predators. Despite his tender age, the protagonist's resourcefulness and determination make him a remarkable character to follow.

As the weeks turn into months, the loneliness and isolation begin to weigh heavily on Edmund's young shoulders. However, the narrative takes a fascinating twist when he encounters a group of shipwrecked Indians from a nearby island. The interactions between Edmund and this newfound community are beautifully depicted, highlighting the universal language of humanity that transcends cultural differences.

Marryat's storytelling prowess shines through in his vivid descriptions, painting a vivid picture of the island's enchanting landscapes, wild creatures, and breathtaking sunsets. His attention to detail allows readers to immerse themselves fully in the world of the story, turning each page with anticipation to discover what challenges and adventures lie ahead.

Beyond the compelling plot, The Little Savage delves into deeper themes of identity and nature versus nurture. Marryat raises thought-provoking questions about the essence of civilization and the impact of societal norms on a young mind devoid of external influences. Through Edmund's growth and transformation, readers are led to reflect on the idea of inherent goodness and the power of compassion.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its ability to resonate with readers of all ages. Although it may be categorized as a children's novel, The Little Savage appeals to adult readers as well, thanks to its timeless messages of resilience, friendship, and the boundless capacity of the human spirit.

Overall, The Little Savage is a true gem in the world of classic literature. Frederick Marryat's masterful storytelling, combined with a richly developed protagonist and a compelling narrative, make this a book that will capture the hearts of readers young and old alike. It is a timeless tale that ignites the imagination, reminds us of the power of human connection, and celebrates the triumph of the human spirit.

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There is a reference, in The Life and Letters of Captain Marryat by his daughter Florence Marryat, to " The Little Savage , only two chapters of the second volume of which were written by himself."

This sentence may be variously interpreted, but most probably implies that Marryat wrote all Part I (of the first edition) and two chapters of Part II, that is as far as the end of Chapter xxiv. The remaining pages may be the work of his son Frank S. Marryat, who edited the first edition, supplying a brief preface to Part II:

"I cannot publish this last work of my late father without some prefatory remarks, as, in justice to the public, as well as to himself, I should state, that his lamented decease prevented his concluding the second volume."

"The present volume has been for some time at press, but the long protracted illness of the author delayed its publication."

The Little Savage opens well. The picture of a lad, who was born on a desert island though of English parents and really deserves to be called a savage, growing up with no other companionship than that of his father's murderer, is boldly conceived and executed with some power. The man Jackson is a thoroughly human ruffian, who naturally detests the boy he has so terribly injured, and bullies him brutally... Continue reading book >>

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