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Mr. Midshipman Easy

Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat
By: (1792-1848)

In Mr. Midshipman Easy, Frederick Marryat weaves a captivating tale of a young man's journey from naivety to maturity in the British Navy. The protagonist, Jack Easy, starts off as a carefree and reckless youth who joins the navy seeking adventure and excitement. As he navigates the challenges of life at sea, Easy undergoes a transformation, learning the true meaning of responsibility, loyalty, and bravery.

Marryat's engaging writing style and vivid descriptions bring the naval world of the early 19th century to life, making readers feel as though they are right alongside Easy on his voyages. The novel is filled with moments of humor, drama, and suspense, keeping the reader hooked from start to finish.

Overall, Mr. Midshipman Easy is a classic coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the naval world, filled with memorable characters and exciting naval battles. It is a timeless tale that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and adventure novels alike.

Book Description:
One of the first novel-length pieces of nautical fiction, MR. MIDSHIPMAN EASY (1836) is a funny and easygoing account of the adventures of Jack Easy, a son of privilege who joins the Royal Navy. The work begins as a satire on Jack’s attachment to “the rights of man” that may try the listener’s patience. But despair not, for the story soon settles down as the philosophical midshipman begins his many triumphs over bullies, foul weather, and various damned foreigners of murderous intent.

Caveat audiens: This novel employs racial/ethnic epithets and religious stereotypes, as well as taking a rather sunny view of supply-side economics. In short, there's something here to offend almost everyone.

Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) entered the Royal Navy as a 14-year-old midshipman. He resigned his commission at the rank of captain after 24 years of service to devote his time to writing.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 20, 2016
Subject: Mr. Midshipman Easy
It was an excellent story read by an excellent reader....until Chapter 16 then it stopped dead and refused to respond....would have liked to have heard the rest.
Reviewer: - March 11, 2016
Subject: Mr Midshipman Easy
Adrian Praetzellis does an excellent job of narrating an entertain 'yarn'. Will particularly interest those inclined to all things nautical and philosophical.
Reviewer: - April 30, 2013
Subject: Mr. Midshipman Easy
Adrian Praetzellis narrates this wonderfully. A very enjoyable book. Marryat has a fresh style of writing that never sounds dated.
Reviewer: - January 6, 2013
Subject: midshipment easy
very good

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