De Kapitein

De Kapitein Marinus Harinxma komt in de crisisjaren bij toeval als stuurmansleerling terecht op een sleepboot waar hij van een na eve jongen uitgroeit tot een cynische geweldenaar die zijn vak beheerst en de zee

  • Title: De Kapitein
  • Author: Jan de Hartog Alfred Pleiter
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Marinus Harinxma komt in de crisisjaren bij toeval als stuurmansleerling terecht op een sleepboot, waar hij van een na eve jongen uitgroeit tot een cynische geweldenaar die zijn vak beheerst en de zee n kent als zijn broekzak.Aan het begin van de Tweede Wereldoorlog wordt hij schipper op de grootste sleepboot die ooit is gebouwd Met deze boot wordt hij ingezet op de gevaaMarinus Harinxma komt in de crisisjaren bij toeval als stuurmansleerling terecht op een sleepboot, waar hij van een na eve jongen uitgroeit tot een cynische geweldenaar die zijn vak beheerst en de zee n kent als zijn broekzak.Aan het begin van de Tweede Wereldoorlog wordt hij schipper op de grootste sleepboot die ooit is gebouwd Met deze boot wordt hij ingezet op de gevaarlijke en gevreesde konvooiroute naar Moermansk.Met een onervaren bemanning moet Harinxma het hoofd bieden aan de elementen en de vijand, die beide op de loer liggen om in een onbewaakt ogenblik toe te slaan Terwijl een van zijn officieren, Richard Tyler, zich druk maakt over de le zelfmoord die de oorlog voor hem betekent, moet Harinxma proberen zijn schip en bemanning heelhuids door de gevaren heen te loodsen Het is het gevecht van n man, waarbij lafheid, angst en eigenbelang overwonnen moeten worden om een taak te vervullen die als heldendaad de geschiedenis in zal gaan.

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    1. Worse Things Happen at SeaA ripping yarn, a wizard adventure. Only Patrick O'Brian holds a candle to Jan de Hartog in authentic tales of the sea. It's the combination of human relations and the relations with the ship itself that does it for me. Men under stress act in interesting ways. And all men on a ship, not just in time of war, are stressed. They live (or did when Captain was written) more or less in conditions of deprivation - of sleep, of palatable food, of basic comforts like showers an [...]

    2. Years ago when my mother moved out of her last house, she cleverly unloaded a considerable collection of books on me. They caused a little family friction at times since one contingent would like to dispose of all we are unlikely to read and another thinks we should keep all we might sometime read. Guess which side I’m on.There are some that truly generate no interest. But then there are surprises, books which don’t hold much promise but turn out great. The latest one we discovered is The Ca [...]

    3. I have always thought of this book as one of my most favorite book! After rereading it for the first time since the 60's I got a fresh perspective on why this particular book struck such a strong cord with me. The story of the young Dutch tug boat Captain on an extremely hazardous trip, acting as a rescue ship for a convoy en-route to Murmamsk. while under almost constant attack form German air and U-Boats. His description of the war action is vivid and compelling and coupled with the struggles [...]

    4. The story of a very young Dutch sea captain who finds himself at the helm of the world's largest ocean-going tug, escorting a convoy of ships through the hell of war. After attack from U-boots and bombers, ships are sunk, and men are killed. Written in the first person, the captain provides a vivid and personal account why the Allies' fight was a just one. He provides detailed accounts of life on a tug-boat, and recounts the horror of the wanton slaughter and destruction of war. These details do [...]

    5. The tugboat is a Holland rescue ship on a British convoy up and around the Arctic Circle that goes to Russia on one side and Canada on the other. The first person narrator is the Dutch captain. This is a totally absorbing story with a strong anti-war message. The only winners are the lucky ones who don't get killed.What makes it different and fascinating is its stress on the interpersonal strains between members of the same team, be they subordinates, foreign allies, military shrinks, or the shi [...]

    6. Since my father, named Jan but changed to John as he grew older, was a Dutchman like DeHartog, perhaps I felt a special kinship to this author. I wrote a fan letter to him when he was very old and he kindly inscribed (in trembling hand) a bookplate which I had enclosed to be pasted in my copy of this book.All his sea books are dramatic and many follow the same character as he rises in the ranks of the merchant marine and Dutch Navy (in wartime).A sweet, tough sailor.

    7. Long before this peace loving Quaker author wrote the likes of The Peaceable Kingdom, he had a succession of WWII novels based on his sea-going experiences with The Captain being the most polished. It explores the interactions of men and women under stress–to include the notions of trust and loyalty.

    8. Really, really good. Well worth the read if only for the descriptions-- which were not overheavy, but very real and nice-- and if not that, then for the emotions. What a story. I loved it. The only caution I would give is for language and content. There is a lot of gore, as well.

    9. Griping adventure on the high seas during WWII. The maturation of a young man into the captain of a Dutch deep sea tug pressed into service on the Murmansk run by the British. Action, adventure, and coming of age during a time of brutal events.

    10. Jan de Hartog walked the walk and talked the talk. His fictionalized story of a young captain taking over as master of a salvage/escort tug on the Murmansk run during WWII is the perfect blend of drama, angst, horror, tragedy and seafaring lore. I highly recommend this book and its sequels.

    11. An anti-war work told by the fictitious Dutch captain of an ocean-going tug on the Murmansk run during World War II. It drags in some places but the "sea story" is good in portraying the gauntlet of German subs and aircraft that convoys had to run in order to deliver the goods.

    12. It started off as a simple nautical tale of a man who is swept up into the 2nd World War, and then surprisingly turns into an examination of the morality of war.

    13. Tale of Dutch captain of a sea-going tugboat on convoy duty during WW II, including the dangerous Murmansk run. Interesting but runs out of gas -- too much trivia about psychology. And long, too: 434 pages.

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