Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Captain Blood: a book review
This vintage novel by Rafael Sabatini was recommended to me, but even without that, I don’t think I could have resisted the title.
The novel opens with a Caribbean exile after the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, and is based in part on the stories of Thomas Blood and Henry Morgan. Sabatini’s swash remains firmly buckled from the first page, in the style of, say, The Count of Monte Cristo. Perhaps that’s why the novel has been filmed several times.
On surprising a Spanish captain: “You flatter my Castilian accent. I have the honour to be Irish. You were thinking that a miracle had happened. So it has—a miracle wrought by my genius, which is considerable.”
Captain Blood is recommended to anyone, young or old, who enjoys reading about 17th century piracy on the high seas.
For another review, see In Which I Read Vintage Novels.