The Wreck of the Golden Mary

The Wreck of the Golden Mary➼ [Reading] ➾ The Wreck of the Golden Mary By Charles Dickens ➱ – Ingeniously conceived and brilliantly rendered and set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush The Wreck of the Golden Mary is a masterpiece of Victorian storytelling En route to making their Ingeniously conceived and brilliantly rendered and of the MOBI ☆ set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush The Wreck of the Golden Mary is a masterpiece of Victorian storytelling En route to making their fortunes the passengers of the Golden Mary suffer a terrifying ordeal when their vessel collides with an iceberg Now the helpless victims of a shipwreck they turn to the restorative powers of storytelling in a desperate attempt to raise morale As each takes their turn from the captain to the first The Wreck PDF \ mate the Dickensian figures of miser and murderer orphan and ghost are brought onboard with most remarkable effect Charles Dickens is one of England’s most important literary figures His works enjoyed enormous success in his day and are still among the most popular classics of all time. I almost suealed with delight when I saw this book in the library No I had never heard of it nor anyone had ever recommended it to me But what made me happy was that this book was written by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins Till I read this book I had no clue that they were colleagues or even friendsThe novella tells the story of a the crew and passengers on the ship The Golden Mary that is sailing towards the Californian coast There is a motley group of passengers – a man looking out to make money in the gold rush an estranged fiancé a mother and her child heading to meet the father The ship is tragically struck by an ice berg and sinks Luckily all the crew and passengers are moved safely to two life boatsThe people though alive are far from safety as they float stranded on the open sea with minimum food and water between themApart from the captain and the first mate through whose eyes the story is told an extremely important character is Golden Lucy She is the only child on board and everyone’s favorite She presents purity and happiness when the ship was afloat and hope and spirit when survivors hung between life and death in the lifeboatsDickens brings out interesting aspects of human behavior under this severe living condition and creates vivid characters in such short story telling One of the steps the survivors take to keep their spirits alive as days pass by without the sign of another ship is to tell each other stories 5 such stories all contributed by 5 different writers form the body of the novella Very brief and very scintillating This fast paced narrative could be a Canterbury Tale on the high seas After all stories are told and songs sung to pass the time This could be a parable all that glistens is not gold but some golds are priceless A shipwreck allows time to magnify loose threads in characters who are cast outside the usual regime of society And like a Pied Piper Captain Ravender encourages the passengers to find courage and hope within So interesting that the Golden Mary was headed for the Californian goldfields and the child with shining fair hair is nicknamed Golden Lucy So many metaphors tantalise this tale A small treasureMy Poetic Review Songlines on the Winds Call it artistic all you want but I DO NOT LIKE STORIES WITH NO CONCLUSION Its uite an odd story this one It's not really a full novel and not really a complete story but simply an account of a small period in time namely a ship wreckThe first half of the book is written by the Captain of a ship commissioned to travel to California during the gold rush But when the ship hits an iceberg it becomes a tale of rescue as the passengers and crew fight for survival out at seaThe reason the rating for this book is so low is simply because it's so short and a little incomplete but I actually really liked it Not because its a good 'story' but because its a good account of maritime actions at the time The Captain gives a good account of his past which shows him working up the ranks Whilst on the ship he goes into some detail about the workings of the ship and the reuirements of the crew and after the wreck there is lots of detail about the actions of the crew So this book acts as a great insight into the maritime world at the time It also makes really clear the dedication reuired and the sense of pride in the professionThe story ends uite uickly and so it feels very incomplete so it only really acts as an insight into the time but this was good in itself and uite enjoyable I do like Dickensbut I had trouble with this storyand will need to reread this to figure out what I missed I couldn't determine if they were still drifting at the conclusion 25 stars rounded up to threeRead in this compilation A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Classics This story is another victim of the travesty explained hereI'll give a better review of this when I read the rest of this story which isn't included in the book I have nor is it in The Gutenberg Project fileThis seems incomplete but I don't know what parts are missing I think four or five short stories told by the people in the life boat were omitted and I sure hope the ending is missing as well because it ain't much of an ending view spoilerThe captain is dying of starvation but we know he survives it because he gives his part of the narrative in 1856 and the starving thing happens in 1851 Also there's no rescue described just the first mate saying That's how I took over the captaincy after we had been adrift for 27 days They're still just floating around in the ocean hide spoiler This Dickens story had endearing characters and was uite suspenseful but I was disappointed to find that it really had no ending This is a short novella with what appears to have no ending I'm trying to figure out if what I read is the full story or if I somehow didn't download the whole thing Dickens Charles The Wreck of the Golden Mary 1856There is a lot we don’t know about this 40 page novella about a ship that hits an iceberg off Cape Horn and leaves its crew and passengers stranded in a couple of small boats It was first published as a Christmas supplement in Household Words as a collaborative project between Dickens and Wilkie Collins but we don’t really know much else about its genesis How much Dickens and how much Collins is anybody’s guess It seems incomplete Was it meant to be as we see it or was there a frame story that got cut for space? There are two diaries putatively written by the Captain and the First Mate Does that mean they both survived or are they voices from the grave? Is the story appropriate for a Christmas issue? There is certainly not much Christmas cheer in it There is an unusual mix of realism and sentimentality—even for Dickens—but none of the characters seem to have the hallmark Dickensian eccentricity Did I enjoy it? Sure But it left me scratching my head The Wreck of the Golden Mary is a short collection of 6 connected short stories and 1 poem written by 6 different authors Together these formed the main part of the Christmas 1856 issue of the magazine 'Household Words' which was edited by Dickens at this time The common theme is centred on the good ship Golden Mary which sinks during an overnight collision with an iceberg en route to California forcing the crew and passengers to take to the boats Most of the stories are those told by the survivors to each other to keep themselves occupied whilst the wreck and its aftermath form the start and end of the book Whilst there is a mixture of styles it works well overall in its own Victorian melodrama kind of way Not surprising considering Dickens put a number of these Christmas compilations together over the years

The Wreck of the Golden Mary eBook ↠ of the  MOBI
  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • The Wreck of the Golden Mary
  • Charles Dickens
  • English
  • 24 October 2016
  • 9781843911333