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Menhardoc   By: (1831-1909)

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Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn is a thrilling adventure novel set in the late 19th century. The story revolves around a young boy named Jack, who finds himself shipwrecked on an uninhabited island called Menhardoc.

From the very first page, Fenn's descriptive writing style transports the reader to the rugged and treacherous landscape of Menhardoc. The vivid imagery and attention to detail make it easy to imagine the towering cliffs, crashing waves, and dense forests that Jack must navigate to survive.

What sets Menhardoc apart from other adventure novels is its focus on the psychological journey of the protagonist. Jack's transformation from an inexperienced young boy to a resourceful survivor is captivatingly portrayed. Fenn skillfully explores Jack's internal struggles, his fears, and his gradual growth in character as he adapts to his challenging circumstances.

The author's extensive knowledge of seafaring and survival techniques shines through in every page of this book. The maritime terminology and descriptions of Jack's attempts at constructing tools and shelters add a layer of realism to the story. Fenn's research is evident as he effortlessly weaves historical and nautical details into the narrative.

The supporting characters in Menhardoc are equally well-developed and add depth to the storyline. From the enigmatic hermit who assists Jack in his survival to the group of escaped convicts inhabiting a hidden cave, each character brings their own unique perspective and challenges to the plot.

A particularly commendable aspect of Fenn's writing is his ability to maintain suspense throughout the novel. Just as one crisis is resolved, another one presents itself, keeping the reader captivated and eager to turn the pages. The author's mastery of pacing ensures that the story never lags, and the plot twists and turns are unexpected yet satisfying.

One minor drawback of Menhardoc is the occasional use of archaic language, which may prove challenging for some readers. However, this is a minor issue, and it does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

Overall, Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn is a captivating adventure novel that will transport readers to a world of danger, survival, and personal growth. Fenn's rich descriptions, well-rounded characters, and expertly crafted plot make this book a must-read for fans of the genre.

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Menhardoc, a Story of Cornish Nets and Mines, by George Manville Fenn.

In passing, the title of the book, Menhardoc, never once appears in the body text of the book. But it has a sort of mysterious Cornish sound to it, and that does the trick.

Mr Temple and his two 15 or 16 year old twin sons have come to stay for the summer holidays in a Cornish fishing village. The two boys are very different. Arthur, or Taff, is very foppish and afraid of getting wet, hurt, or in any way inconvenienced. The other boy, Richard, or Dick, is the exact opposite, always running hither and thither, always wanting to get involved in anything that is going, ready to make friends with all and sundry, while Arthur believes himself to be very grand and much above the fisher men and boys that they meet on this holiday.

Will Marion is one such boy. But he is a very clever studious boy, as well as one who gets on with the day to day fishing business. He has had a good grammar school education, and Arthur is quite put out to discover that Will is better than he at his Latin and Greek, in those days forming a large part of a good education.

Josh, Uncle Abram, and several others complete the principal cast. The boys get out on various boating expeditions, in which they, and we, learn a great deal about the life of a fishing village of perhaps 1850... Continue reading book >>

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