Westward Ho: Library Edition Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" I simply could not get into this book. It may be a classic but the writing is heavy and I needed a lighter story. Maybe another time. " said.

" It feels good to have read this classic. A good story, but in an English which needs your full attention. " said.

" Amazingly, I didn't like this book. Possibly it was because I didn't have the historical background. For instance, why were they fighting the Spanish in Ireland? So that took a lot away from it. I just didn't click with it. " said.

"First published in 1855, Westward Ho! is a swashbuckler set in Elizabethan times in the years leading up to the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. The novel is mot without its flaws - it takes ages to get going while most of the characters moon around flirty Rose Salterne at a fictional variation of Bideford in North Devon. Thereafter, the story moves to the Spanish Main and South America, where the descriptions of people and places belong in the realms of fantasy at times. Conditions in the 1580s are often compared within the text to the situation at the time of writing in 1855, which unintentionally makes you make the comparison with present day. The main plot becomes an episodic succession of adventures with a strong sense of pathos throughout, played against such familiar main themes as vengeance and retribution. Awesome." said.

" Awesome. Be sure to read the unabridged one; otherwise it'll probably feel like a random styles of adventures. " said.

" The characters of this story were a part of my life for half a year, and I have grown through them! I definitely recommend a measured, thoughtful read through this one, in community if possible! The adventure and bravery of the human spirit as well as the human tendency towards division and bitter revenge against our enemies made me look inward. I'm thankful that I took the slow walk through the life of Amyas Leigh and learned alongside him! " said.

" Entertaining, but didn't enjoy the author's attitude toward the Irish, the enthusiasm for Raleigh's participation in their suppression. It's not surprising considering Mr. Kingsley's hostility toward Roman Catholicism having broken out in public argument, but it spoiled my enjoyment of the story and the hero. " said.

"I say, is there anything grander than being an EnglishMAN under the good queen Bess? Not according to Charles Kingsley. For a modern reader the plot is slow moving and the characters very black or white, and painfully long winded in their speech.

Still, it was an interesting window to how people were thinking, not during the reign of Elizabeth I, but in the late 1800's. Regardless of all the worrisome things happening in Europe today, at least I expect most people to disagree with most of Kingsley's values.
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