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The Curse of Carne's Hold

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(4,634 Sterne; 41 Bewertungen)

When Ronald Mervyn from Devonshire is falsely accused of murder he emigrates to South Africa. He takes part in the Kaffir war and during this time he rescues a family from death. The family then return to England and try to establish Ronald's innocence. (Summary by Michele Eaton )

(11 hr 26 min)

Chapters

How The Curse Began

26:27

Read by Michele Eaton

Margaret Carne

29:00

Read by Michele Eaton

Two Quarrels

31:28

Read by Matthew Walker

A Terrible Discovery

34:40

Read by KarlHenning

The Inquest

48:34

Read by Gabriela Cowan

Ruth Powlett

34:29

Read by KarlHenning

The Verdict

28:01

Read by Anna Simon

Enlisted

40:08

Read by Kimberly Krause

The Outbreak

32:17

Read by Anna Simon

A Successful Defence

36:00

Read by Lynne T

Attack On A Wagon Train

34:29

Read by Lynne T

In The Amatolas

33:53

Read by Lynne T

The Rescue

32:50

Read by metgmz

Ronald Is Offered A Commision

42:26

Read by Gabriela Cowan

A Parting

36:57

Read by Kimberly Krause

Searching For A Clue

41:21

Read by Gabriela Cowan

Ruth Powlett Confesses

31:08

Read by Tammy Stalcup

George Forester's Death

30:36

Read by Lynne T

The Fire At Carne's Hold

30:55

Read by Anna Simon

Cleared At Last

31:14

Read by Lynne T

Bewertungen

Excellent

(5 Sterne)

This story is less formulaic than some of Henry’s other works. It is rather a while into the story before the reader is really sure who is the “hero.” Additionally, the characters in this story are less black and white than is usual in Henty’s stories. Also having the main character be 10 years older and more mature and wiser than Henty’s usual boy heroes was refreshing. The mix of racism and paternalism that was normal in the British empire in South Africa is portrayed accurately along with the great variance between individuals in their attitudes. Attitudes of character range from “all natives are liars and thieves” to one character risking his life to save a “native” child. The text also gives a subtle criticism of colonial attitudes that treat all “natives” as the same and inferior. Henty takes the time to discuss some of the different attitudes between different African groups. The bravest characters in this story are a few Africans who lead, not follow, the main character on a harrowing adventure. All in all this is in my top 5 of best Henty books.

(5 Sterne)

slow start to an excellent book. you start off barely knowing the main character. Then you hate him. And finally you are heavily invested in him.

COMPELLING

(4,5 Sterne)

It started slowly, but picked up steam and was going full-tilt at the somewhat unexpected ending.