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The Little Savage   By: (1792-1848)

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The Little Savage by Frederick Marryat is an engrossing and thought-provoking tale that explores themes of survival, human nature, and the power of compassion. Set in a remote island, the story follows the life of a young boy who becomes stranded on the deserted land after a shipwreck.

From the very beginning, the author masterfully immerses the reader in a vivid and detailed portrayal of the island, its flora and fauna, and the boy's struggle to adapt to his new surroundings. Marryat's vivid descriptions engage the readers' senses, enabling them to envision the island's beauty and the challenges it presents.

As the story progresses, we witness the boy's transformation from a delicate and helpless child into a resourceful survivor. Through sheer determination and instinct, he teaches himself various survival skills, such as hunting, fishing, and building rudimentary shelters. Marryat highlights the boy's resilience and adaptability, showcasing the human ability to conquer seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

However, what truly sets this book apart is its exploration of the human psyche and the stark dichotomy between civilization and savagery. Through the boy's encounters with both friendly native tribes and hostile interlopers, Marryat examines the spectrum of human behavior. This examination raises profound questions about the influence of society and the innate nature of humanity.

The Little Savage also beautifully captures the power of human connection and the transformative effects of empathy. When the boy encounters a young girl from a different tribe, their initial animosity slowly evolves into a deep bond, transcending language and cultural barriers. This relationship serves as a poignant reminder that compassion and understanding have the potential to bridge even the widest chasms of difference.

Marryat's writing style is engaging and evocative, striking a balance between poetic descriptions and fast-paced storytelling. He seamlessly weaves together scenes of intense action and moments of introspective reflection, keeping the readers hooked until the very end.

In conclusion, The Little Savage is a captivating and emotionally resonant novel that transports readers to a world of adventure and self-discovery. It prompts us to reflect on our own place in society, the vastness of the human spirit, and the significance of compassion in bridging divides. Marryat's timeless work reminds us of the power of storytelling to invite introspection, challenge our perspectives, and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.

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The Little Savage, by Captain Marryat.

Captain Frederick Marryat was born July 10 1792, and died August 8 1848. He retired from the British navy in 1828 in order to devote himself to writing. In the following 20 years he wrote 26 books, many of which are among the very best of English literature, and some of which are still in print.

Marryat had an extraordinary gift for the invention of episodes in his stories. He says somewhere that when he sat down for the day's work, he never knew what he was going to write. He certainly was a literary genius.

"The Little Savage" was published in 1848, the twenty sixth book to flow from Marryat's pen. It was completed after his death by a member of his family. It is intended for children, and its religious overtones are in contrast to Marryat's other works. He was far from irreligious, but this book is definitely in a different style.

This e book was transcribed in 1998 by Nick Hodson, and was reformatted in 2003, and again in 2005.



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