Excerpt from Captain JanuaryThe Captain had sold all his lobsters. They had been particularly line ones, and had gone off "like hot cakes," every one who passed by the wharf stopping to buy one or two. Now the red dory was empty, and the Captain had washed her out with his usual scrupulous care, and was making preparations for his homeward voyage, when he was hailed by a cExcerpt from Captain JanuaryThe Captain had sold all his lobsters. They had been particularly line ones, and had gone off "like hot cakes," every one who passed by the wharf stopping to buy one or two. Now the red dory was empty, and the Captain had washed her out with his usual scrupulous care, and was making preparations for his homeward voyage, when he was hailed by a cheery voice from the street. "Hillo, January!" said the voice. "Is that you? How goes it?" and the owner of the voice, a sturdy man in a blue coat with brass buttons, came down the wharf and greeted the Captain with a hearty shake of the hand. "How goes it?" he repeated. "I haven't seen ye for a dog's age." "I'm hearty, Cap'n Nazro!" replied Captain January. "Hearty, that's what I am, an' hopin' you're the same." "That's right!" said the first speaker. Taint often we set eyes on you, you stick so close to your light. And the little gal, shes well, I expect? She looks a picture, when I take a squint at her through the glass sometimes....
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Captain January Reviews
I chose this book to fulfill a task in a challenge where I need to read books with the names of the months as part of the title. I had no idea when I saw the title on Gutenberg that this apparently small book was going to be so grand in scope. I could have finished it in a few hours, it is only 88 pages long, but it deserved dawdling. Captain January lives alone on a lighthouse island. During a terrible storm one year, he rescues a baby from a shipwreck and names her Star Bright. The story takes place when Star is ten and Captain January is over seventy. We learn a bit about Captain January's pre-lighthouse days, the tale of the rescue, and the way Captain January asked the minister on the mainland to give him a couple of books in order to teach Star to read when she was old enough. He received a Bible, a big book of Shakespeare, and a dictionary. Neither Star nor the Captain liked the dictionary....it was cute to see them quoting Shakespeare one minute and scowling about the hated dictionary the next.For me, the Captain was the most intriguing character: a simple but wise man with a heart of gold. Star herself seemed a bit shallowly portrayed, but of course she was only 10. I was shocked at her temper tantrums, though. And since I learned right before I started reading that this had been made into a Shirley Temple movie in 1936, it was hard to picture cute little Shirley pitching the kinds of fits that Star did in two very dramatic moments of the story. Someday I'll have to find the movie and see how closely it follows the book....it would be a shame if anything about it was changed.This book was a delightful surprise, and a wonderful way to start my reading for 2015.
This book is phenomenal. I haven't read it since I was in elementary school but I used to reread the ending every night before I went to bed. I love the accents, I love the beauty of the writing, I love how it still breaks my heart to finish it.
What a nice story!
This is a sweet story about an old seaman raising a passionate little girl, whom he rescued as a baby when she was the only survivor of a particularly nasty shipwreck. It's an easy read at only 133 pages.I enjoyed it because of the 19th century writing style, but found it rather similar to many books from that era. If only they weren't all about beautiful but spoiled heroines with tragic stories. Still, it's a good read.
"Captain January" was first made into a movie around 1924 starring Baby Peggy, and was remade in the early 1930s starring Shirley Temple. Both movies veer from the story, so I recommend reading this book to get the original tale. The author, a daughter of Julia Ward Howe, conveys the scenes vividly, and the Captain's seafaring accent is completely believable.
This is the story the Shirley Temple movie is based on. The basic storyline is the same: crusty old lighthouse keeper finds a child in the wreckage and raises her. She is everything to him as he is to her. He is teaching her using the Bible & Shakespeare. Star is no angel, displaying fits of temper, which she soon regrets. The novel differs in that Star is 10 and Capt. January is 70. And the ending is sad as well. There is a sequel, which doesn't seem to be available on Project Gutenberg.
Nice book to read