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Books that are set on ships/boats ……

i have already read HEART OF DARKNESS, THE COMEDIANS and DELIVERANCE. please name others which are damn good. can be classics as well as page turners.

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The Log from the Sea of Cortez and Cup of Gold by John Steinbeck.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

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The Mutiny on the Bounty Trilogy (which continues with Men Against the Sea, and concludes with Pitcairn's Island) - Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

I have read all 3 sections several times and plan to re-read it again. It's a true story that reads like an absorbing adventure novel.



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Evelyn Waugh - The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (middle aged Englishman goes quietly mad on a boat to Ceylon.)

Alistair MacLean - HMS Ulysses (great thriller about WWII's Murmansk Run. Turn the heating up before you read this one!)

Many moons ago I used to read a lot of thrillers by Brian Callison - he was one of the most borrowed authors from British libraries many moons ago. His books were all set on ships. Recommended.




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Evelyn Waugh - The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (middle aged Englishman goes quietly mad on a boat to Ceylon.)


that sounds very interesting man.

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I'm sure it's all very polite and he apologises unreservedly for any inconvenience caused by his psychotic breakdown. While sipping tea and eating a scone.


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No spoilers.


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I enjoyed it, and it is quite short.

Not sure it's one of his greater works though.

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Sacred Hunger (1992) by Barry Unsworth. A Booker prize winner set aboard a slave-ship in the 18th century.

English Passengers (2000) by Matthew Kneale. Set aboard a Manx smuggling vessel headed for Tasmania in the 19th century.

I highly recommend both.

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I really enjoyed English Passengers! I don't usually like a lot of characters and changing plot lines, but it worked so well and each was interesting in its own respect!

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (? not sure if I got the name right)

Das Boot by Buchheimer (very good)

I've read these as well as a lot of cozy mysteries that take place on cruise ships but I don't think you were looking for those.

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"A Night To Remember" by Walter Lord. It's a non-fiction book written as a novel with survivor accounts about the sinking of the Titanic.

"Hunt For Red October" by Tom Clancy. Mostly subs but...

"Earthsea Trilogy" by Ursula K Le Guin.

And also both Clive Cussler's "Dirk Pitt" series and "Kurt Austin" series do spend time on/in assorted boats/ships/submersibles as well as on land.

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Most of Conrad's early stuff including An Outcast of the Islands, Lord Jim and The N!gger of the 'Narcissus'.

Plenty of Robert Louis Stevenson's books and stories including The Master of Ballantrae, which is very fine, and of course Treasure Island and Kidnapped.

There's also the Aubrey-Maturin series, but I always preferred C.S. Forester's Hornblower novels.

Pretty much all of Melville's early work. In addition Billy Budd is an unfinished classic, as well as another book of his, the title of which escapes me.

The Odyssey of course.

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would that be the Mysterious Stranger. set on a river boat.

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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

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I don't want to repeat anything that's already been mentioned, but one that comes to mind is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penelope_Fitzgerald's Offshore, a Booker Prize winner about life on houseboats in the Thames.

Also, by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ellen_Chase, Mary Peters and Silas Crockett. (Personally, I much prefer the former, but if you like James Michener-type generational epics, you should like the latter. My own personal favorite of Chase's is The Edge of Darkness, but that isn't about boats or at best only minimally so.)

Also, check out James Fenimore Cooper. Although he's best known for the Leatherstocking Tales (especially The Last of the Mohicans), he spent some time at sea and in fact wrote more about the sea than he did Natty Bumppo. http://external.oneonta.edu/cooper/articles/informal/hugh-sea.html. I only know Leatherstocking (of which I'm not a particular fan) and I can't comment on his sea stories, but they do often get overlooked in the shadow of Mohicans. The Red Rover might be particularly interesting. That along with The Pilot are published in a twofer Library of America edition, which suggests their canonicity.

For middle reader and YA, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_True_Confessions_of_Charlotte_Doyle. I'm not that thrilled with Avi overall, but Charlotte Doyle is fairly good.

I've never read either Kipling's Captains Courageous or Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, but both are classics that should fit your topic. Kim's one of my favorite novels, so Captains Courageous might be worthwhile.

I've never read C.S. Forester's The African Queen and I doubt it's as good as the movie (Charlie Allnut's my favorite Bogie performance, especially for Bogie's screen chemistry with Katharine Hepburn), but still....

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there is a pretty good movie of Captains Courageous. Spencer Tracy and the kid Freddy Bartholomew.
The African Queen has a very different ending between the movie and the book.

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Wilbur Smith wrote a series of novels set on boats, starting with Birds of Prey, also Monsoon and at least one other.

Pretty entertaining if that's your thing

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Patrick O'Brian's "Aubrey-Maturin" novels, of which Master and Commander is the first (and the only one I've read). Lots of verisimilitude in a subject I knew little about.


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Michael mentioned Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, which I put off reading for more than 40 years. I was amazed at just how great a book it is. It is autobiographical but reads like a novel. Highest recommendation!


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The Captain by Jan DeHartog. set during WW2. Ships captain escort cargo ships trying to keep uboats away.
The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna. great book. pretty good movie too.

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I cannot abide Conrad or Melville, in most cases.

That being said, I greatly enjoyed 'Billy Budd' and 'Captains Courageous.'

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You'll find some edition of Bowditch set on most boats.

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Was The Caine Mutiny mentioned? I quite enjoyed that one.



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I don't think it was. If you'd asked me twenty years ago for my favorite Bogie performance, I would have said Captain Queeg, but over the years Charlie Allnut has much more grown on me. I do remember reading The Caine Mutiny, but it was forty or more years ago. My memory of the book is definitely favorable, though vague.

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I definitely couldn't get Bogie out of my mind while reading the novel.

Working my way through Pulitzer and National Book award fiction winners and TCM is high on the list of the ones I've liked.



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Sea Wolf - Jack London - a man is "rescued" from a ferry wreck and forced to work as crew on a sealing ship by a mean ass captain.

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Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton



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Another one that just came to mind -- not a novel but a play, Eugene O'Neill's short (especially for O'Neill ) The Hairy Ape. William Bendix starred in the movie adaptation.

And see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-features/9027463/Eugene-ONeills-rare-Sea-Plays-sail-back-on-to-the-stage.html for a little more discussion of O'Neill and the sea. I have a particular liking for The Hairy Ape, but it's not O'Neill's only shipboard play.

ETA: Regarding O'Neill's shipboard plays, I forgot one of his Pulitzers, Anna Christie, most of which takes place on a barge. Myeh, I still like The Hairy Ape better.

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There's also Murder on the Atlantic. It's one of ten "Steve Allen mysteries" (http://www.cozy-mystery.com/steve-allen.html) starring Allen and wife Jayne Meadows, supposedly authored by Allen but allegedly ghosted. The whole series is quite amusing, at least the ones I read (but years ago, probably back when they were first published).

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned these, C. S. Forester's Hornblower novels.

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They'd come to my mind but I've never read any of them and they're not "classics" (IMO) that I haven't read but would mention anyway.

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One of George R .R. Martin's best books before his unfortunate but doubtless profitable detour into fantasy, was "Fevre Dream", a vampire tale largely set on a riverboat.
When he's finished with his fantasy doorstops perhaps he'll go back to writing interesting stuff.

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SAN ANDREAS by Alistair MacLean.

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Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain

True story of his years as a Mississippi River riverboat captain & navigator. Completely fascinating and full of Twain's remarkably dry humor.



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Of course! I'm surprised none of the rest of us thought of Mark Twain. And of course Huckleberry Finn would also qualify.

The mention of Twain brings to mind Philip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld" series, where Twain appears as Samuel Clemens. Pretty much all travel through Riverworld is by boat.

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