Jake Conrad

Jake Conrad
Blog dedicated to my writing and whatever else I want: movies, games, books, electronics, music, ... anything Jake. The interior of my mind is a mixture of grindhouse, steampunk, Lovecraft, and 80's pop. Be very afraid.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

I am about 1/3 the way through this short novel and I am simply loving it. It is the story of a spoiled, rich young man who is rescued from falling overboard an ocean liner by a fishing boat. He wants the boat to take him home right away, but the stern captain puts him to work instead.

This is a boys book filled with high adventure and what Kipling believes turns a boy into a man. I laughed out loud several times during the interactions between Captain Disko Troop and the boy Harvey. The story also made me reminisce about my first year working at the Peppermill Casino when I was 14. To learn to work as a young boy around men is a difficult and life-changing experience. You have to choose how to interact, how to be humble, and how to make a name for yourself.

Very enjoyable book. I should finish it tomorrow, and plan to challenge my boys to read it this summer.

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