Posted by: vikingsinspace | March 12, 2010

VI.01.21. Read Captain Blood

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Captain Blood, His Odyssey: Houghton Mifflin Edition 

My Sabatini Journal

“I never knew speed made by overhaste.” (10) 

“It came to Mr. Blood … that man – as he had long suspected – was the vilest work of God, and that only a fool would set himself up as a healer of a species that was best exterminated.” (21) 

“I’d not willingly be rude to a lady even in my thoughts.” (57) 

“A man must sometimes laugh at himself or go mad.” (73) 

“The love that is never to be realized will often remain a man’s guiding ideal.” (141) 

“His lordship was one of your gallants to whom existence that is not graced by womankind is more or less of a stagnation.” (206) 

“To be ungrateful may be human; but to display it is childish.” (234) 

“There was a great historian lost in Wolverstone.  He had the right imagination that knows just how far it is safe to stray from the truth and just how far to colour it so as to change its shape for his own purposes.” (295) 

“This is the New World.  It is not merely new; it is novel to one reared amid the superstitions of the Old.” (309) 

Captain Blood

The book Captain Blood is the first by Sabatini that have I ever read, and is consequently the first I have ever re-read.  I came upon the book and Sabatini in a roundabout way.  Having always enjoyed the Robin Hood legend, I watched the film ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ with Errol Flynn.  I had noticed Errol Flynn had done a couple of pirate movies, and decided to watch the one title ‘Captain Blood.’  Having enjoyed that, I noticed it was based on a book.  It took me some time to finally settle down and read the book, but I’ve been hooked on it and Sabatini’s works ever since.  

Captain Blood is the ultimate pirate story.  Nevermind Stevenson and Treasure Island; this is the book to read for high sea adventure and swashbuckling.  I am thrilled that Sabatini wrote two sequels, and am looking forward to seeing if they hold up to the standard set by this first book.



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