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The Mutiny of the Elsinore

Gelesen von Tom Crawford

(4,415 Sterne; 329 Bewertungen)

This is the story of a voyage of a sailing ship from Baltimore to Seattle, east-to-west around Cape Horn in the winter. It is set in 1913 and the glory days of “wooden ships and iron men” are long over. The Elsinore is a four-masted iron sailing vessel carrying a cargo of 5000 tons of coal. She has a “bughouse” crew of misfits and incompetents.

This book was published in 1915 and some actions of some of the characters seem odd to us today. There is romance, but it is strangely platonic. Two important characters disappear with no real explanation. The disparity between the officers on the one hand and the fo’c’sle on the other is striking (literally). Some people will be offended by the bigotry.

The “men against the sea” descriptions -and the weather descriptions- are among Jack London’s finest. In my opinion he is right up there with Joseph Conrad and Joshua Slocum in this effort. We also have a mutiny, complete with shootings and deliberate starvation. My personal favorite is chapter 38.

Note: The chapter titles were assigned by the reader. London gave only numbers. (Introduction by Tom Crawford) (12 hr 29 min)

Chapters

01: I Don't Play Chopsticks

16:14

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02: Mister Pike

16:46

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03: The Greek Overboard

11:01

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04: About Captain West

8:03

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05: A Bughouse Crew

16:46

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06: My Accomodations

10:00

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07: We Never Discuss Sailors

11:12

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08: Making Sail

14:24

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09: Either a Calm or Northeast Gale

18:40

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10: Mister Mellaire

16:21

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11: Captain West is No Conversationalist

10:52

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12: Captain West is a Samurai

9:51

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13: Bedbugs!

19:27

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14: Mulligan Jacobs

17:07

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15: O'Sulllivan Used a Razor

16:25

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16: Possum Has a Fit

12:10

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17: The Gangsters in the Forecastle

16:04

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18: The Greek Overboard Again

12:21

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19: The Daughters of Herodias

10:29

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20: Miss West is Never Idle

11:39

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21: Charles Davis Murdered O'Sullivan

9:32

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22: Captain West Reprimands Mister Mellaire

8:33

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23: Two Sharks

9:44

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24: Sidney Maltham

10:09

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25: Rats

6:46

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26: Slaves and Masters

5:47

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27: "Oh Dear, oh dear"

8:35

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28: Off the River Plate

21:43

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29: A Sunset and Elsinore on Her Side

13:45

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30: Number Three Hatch

23:43

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31: She is Margaret

16:14

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32: Old Stiff

9:05

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33: Twenty-eight Point Six Four

18:44

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34: Aloft in a Gale

11:25

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35: A Cask and Three Devils

31:41

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36: ...And no Westing

11:33

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37: I have Found the Love of Woman

13:38

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38: Did the Samurai Make a Mistake?

28:31

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39: And God Help the Man That Don't Jump

12:09

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40: We Make Westing

17:35

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41: We Are Around the Horn

6:06

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42: The Mutiny of the Elsinore

32:45

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43: Twenty-seven of Them Against Eleven of Us

21:27

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44: Where Do They Get Their Food?

16:47

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45: Our First Truce

14:46

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46: A Navigator Aft

13:00

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47: Two Assaults and an Ambush

15:15

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48: Rough-on-Rats

9:51

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49: Sulfuric Acid and Sulfur Fumes

23:50

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50: The Final Chapter

31:08

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Bewertungen

adventure

(5 Sterne)

great reading, love and character

love the reader's chapter headings

(4 Sterne)

I'd give it five stars if London had edited out the narrator's intrusive thoughts about the captain's daughter. Hearing over and over, "she is a woman, and she is desirable" was somehow worse than his occasional racial reasoning toward the end that the blonder the hair and the lighter the eyes obviously equaled the right of rulership. White Fang's mother to the rescue, the narrator obviously needs to get eaten....

A Ripping yarn of the sea, replete with the casual racism.

(4 Sterne)

Good balanced reading, a few mispronuciations of French names, but overall good pacing and easy to listen to. A knowledgeable account of sailing, with good characterisation and convincing action. How far the narrator's views of natural hierarchy and racial theory are those of the author remain unclear. Though the author does recount the dreadful conditions and excessive brutality that led to the mutiny.

Volunteer Readers Could Learn From Tom

(5 Sterne)

Tom Crawford has one of the most important things going for him that any volunteer might want--and that is the wisdom to know which stories his voice is best suited for reading. His voice is perfect for reading stories about rugged manly men who wouldn't easily fit into a business suit. Thanks Tom!

(4 Sterne)

Not my fav Jack London- a bit slower of a book but still interesting. While I do appreciate the volunteer readers, this gentleman's saliva smacking throughout the book was very distracting. Perhaps taking a drink of water prior to reading may help?

Great story,well read.

(5 Sterne)

The man definitely knew how to write a story! I'm a big fan of sea stories and this one is terrific. There's a lot of nautical terminology which some readers might want to look up..

it was a great book I loved it. I liked the reader it seemed very real like I w…

(1 Sterne)

It was ok

(4 Sterne)

Well written but the excitement was minimal and two of the main characters disappeared without explanation.