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Book Title: O capitão Avery - Uma história de piratas|
The author of the book: Daniel Defoe
Edition: Expresso Zahar
Date of issue: April 15th 2014
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The King Of Pirates was written in 1719 by Daniel Defoe. It is the story of Captain Avery, the captain of a pirate ship. Although it is a short book, only about 100 pages, the book is written in the form of two letters. Two very long letters, I certainly never wrote two letters that altogether equalled 100 pages. In these letters our Captain Avery is defending himself against scandalous accusations. The book is based on the real pirate Henry Every. He was known as "The Arch Pirate" and "The King of Pirates", and was the most notorious pirate of his time.
As I said before the book is in the form of two letters, the pirate writes these letters to defend himself against false accusations. The preface tells us that there have been former ridiculous and extravagant accounts of his life which have been published already. It goes on to say that he is denying the claims that have been published of his participating in rape and murder, but that on the contrary "the Lady was used with all the Decency and Humanity" than any woman found among pirates has even been treated before. The captain is going to explain these stories and more here in the form of these letters and the public are to be the only judges.
So begins the first letter. Our captain in his words taking "no Notice of my Birth, Infancy, Youth, or any of that Part" starts with the beginning of his becoming a pirate. Now we get a full report of life as a pirate, the sailing, the ships, the gold, the jewels, the buried treasure kind of thing; his perilous journeys on the sea. Now he begins to get on my nerves pretty early because of his high opinion of himself. Almost from the beginning he works on and off ships as a foremast-man and a logwood cutter but he finds that he is not formed by nature for these laboring jobs so he must free himself of the "fatigue of that laborious Life", because it was "as visible to others as to himself" he was meant for greater things. He should become master of a good ship. After this it seems that whether things on the seas go bad for them or good, all the men anywhere look up to and respect Avery, even before he is a captain, and he sure likes to point this out. Then the story goes on, they get lots of plunder, food, amunition, jewels and treasure. They go to a lot of places and have lots of adventures. Now it seems like it should be an adventure story, a fascinating look at pirates life on the high seas. I wasn't fascinated; the whole book seemed to me to be filled with lines like these:
we fell to work to new rig our Ship, mending our Sails, and cleaning our Bottom.
we had a Tent set up on Shore, and 50 of our Men employ'd themselves wholly in killing Goats and Fowls for our fresh Provisions
we should go on Shore at the Bay of _Campeachy_, and from thence disperse ourselves as well as we could, and every one go his own Way
we agreed, that having pass'd Cape _Horn_, and got into the North Seas, we would steer Northward up the East Shore of _America_ till we came to St. _Julien_,
It was we did this and we did that all the time, no "extras" to the story that would have made it interesting for me. Just an exact account of what they did or where they went with no description of the place at all. Or paragraphs like this one:
With this Resolution, and under these Measures, we set Sail from the Island of St. _Juan Fernando_ the 23d of _September_, (being the same there as our _March_ is here) and keeping the Coast of _Chili_ on Board, had good Weather for about a Fortnight, [_Octob._ 14.] till we came into the Latitude of 44 Degrees South; when finding the Wind come squally off the Shore from among the Mountains, we were oblig'd to keep farther out at Sea, where the Winds were less uncertain; and some Calms we met with, till about the Middle of _October_, [16.] when the Wind springing up at N. N. W. a pretty moderate Gale, we jogg'd S. E. and S. S. E. till we came into the Latitude of 55 Degrees; and the 16th of _November_, found our selves in 59 Degrees, the Weather exceeding cold and severe. But the Wind holding fair, we held in with the Land, and steering E. S. E. we held that Course till we thought ourselves entirely clear of the Land, and enter'd into the North Sea, or _Atlantick Ocean_; and then changing our Course, we steer'd N. and N. N. E. but the Wind blowing still at N. N. W. a pretty stiff Gale, we could make nothing of it till we made the Land in the Latitude of 52 Degrees; and when we came close under Shore, we found the Winds variable; so we made still N. under the Lee of the Shore, and made the Point of St. _Julien_ the 13th of November, having been a Year and seven Days since we parted from thence on our Voyage Outwardbound.
The latitudes and degrees and winds at S.E. or N.W. or whatever, steering N. or N.E. weren't interesting to me at all. You get the idea. It's not the book for me, but that's just me.
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Read information about the authorDaniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] - 1731) was an English writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel, Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularize the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.
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