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!Read Pdf õ Bird of Dawning ê Originally written in , this classic sea adventure tells of the Blackgauntlet and her homeward bound race from China to London Disaster strikes when the ship is struck at night by a passing steamer only half of the crew manages to escape to the lifeboat while the others perish Cruiser, theyear old second mate who has always longed to be captain, takes command of the survivors as they plan to sailmiles to the island of Fayal Cruiser and his crew battle all odds, including sharks, potential mutiny, a leaky boat, too few provisions, and the sea herself, in this taut and haunting narrative For some reason, I enjoy books that have pirates and ships in them I even used to keep a list of ship terms, so I could refer to it when reading My dad had this book by John Masefield with a ship on its cover, and it was called Victorious Troy, or, the Hurrying Angel He let me have it, and I found it surprisingly good I wasn t sure how I d feel about an entire book about a ship, but I enjoyed it and liked Masefield s writing and characterization When I saw that my dad had this book, The Bir For some reason, I enjoy books that have pirates and ships in them I even used to keep a list of ship terms, so I could refer to it when reading My dad had this book by John Masefield with a ship on its cover, and it was called Victorious Troy, or, the Hurrying Angel He let me have it, and I found it surprisingly good I wasn t sure how I d feel about an entire book about a ship, but I enjoyed it and liked Masefield s writing and characterization When I saw that my dad had this book, The Bird of Dawning, I knew I d have to read it My interest in books with about ships has waned since I was younger, so I ve put off reading this book, worried that I wouldn t enjoy it I was definitely worried for nothing.This book starts off with a basic characterization of its protagonist This is Cruiser He s 5 8, and he has dark hair and pale skin He s a good guy and wants to be an artist Something along those lines But once Masefield gets past the introductions, the story takes off, and it grabbed my interest The main plot of The Bird of Dawning is that a steamship sinks The Blackgauntlet, a ship in the China Fleet, heading home from England and hoping to win the prize as the first ship to dock in London from the fleet She is also the ship on which Cruiser is a second mate There are two boats that will carry the crew away from the sinking ship to relative safety, but only one of them makes it There are sixteen men living in an eighteen foot boat on the open seas with little provisions and no drinking water If you re wondering where The Bird of Dawning comes in, I was wondering too through almost half the book, but it does make sense as the title, and it works really well of course, the alternate title, The Fortunes of the Sea, makessense but is perhaps slightly less poetic.There are shipping terms a plenty, and Masefield describes the crew s actions as well as the ships in detail, but I never felt bogged down by jargon I could picture much of what he described, and when I couldn t, it didn t matter for the story Also, there is a handy list of terms built in to the back of the book that a general readership may need The characters are well drawn Cruiser is a good guy, but he has his moments of arrogance or anger that make him human Captain Dunstibourne and Captain Miserden are especially interesting characters, psychologically, for how they treat their crews and the decisions they make about their ships The conflicts between man and nature and between the men on the ships and the boat are realistic I definitely had strong feelings about the characters and who was right and who needed to adjust their perspectives and attitudes And the subplot about Captain Miserden, the captain of the Bird of Dawning, and his belief in the Prophet Habakkuk, the Fire, the F.P Follower of the Prophet was brilliant I wish there wereof that The underlying themes and messages of this book are also very interesting There is the whole religious fanatic thing mentioned just above, but there are also the literal crash between the new at the time the story takes place steamers and the old clippers, the symbolism of the boat on the open sea and man s interaction with nature, the race home of the China Fleet, and other aspects of the book that can be analyzed and carry take on deeper meaning Oh, and it s funny You have a bunch of grown men on a ship or a boat together there are foul language, rude comments, double entendre, etc I chuckled a few times reading this, especially when the shot was fired at someone who really deserved it.Overall, this book surprised me It s now my third Masefield I ve also read his play The Tragedy of Pompey the Great , and I would definitely readby him My dad doesn t really buy and sell used books any, but if I happen upon a Masefield, I would definitely snatch it up I recommend this book if you re a fan of Masefield, if you also like books about ships, or if you enjoy adventure stories with strong characters, vivid descriptions, and suspense This is a fairly old fashioned adventure story It is not the sort of genre I usually read and I didn t really know what to expect I enjoyed it though did get a bit lost in the sailing terminology though it didn t particularly stand out as a work of fiction and it s not something I would necessarily reread. An enthralling and suspense filled sea story that had me glued to the book until it was finished The Bird of Dawning is full of the technical detail of life on tea clipper which is woven very well into the plot of the book Its authenticity and technical detail makes this a must read for any keen mariner Masefield has written with real quality, maintaining its tension until the last page.