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Corsair av Tim Severin
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Corsair (utgåvan 2008)

av Tim Severin

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1677, on a late summer?s evening two ships lurk off the coast of southwest Ireland. They are Barbary corsairs from North Africa, slave catchers. As soon as it is dark, their landing parties row ashore to raid a small fishing village - on the hunt for fresh prey . . . In the village, seventeen-year-old Hector Lynch wakes to the sound of a pistol shot. Moments later he and his sister Elizabeth are taken prisoner. From then on Hector?s life plunges into a turbulent and lawless world that is full of surprises. Separated from Elizabeth, he is sold to the slave market of Algiers, where he survives with the help of his newfound friend Dan, a Miskito Indian from the Caribbean. The two men convert to Islam to escape the horrors of the slave pens, only to become victims of the deadly warfare of the Mediterranean. Serving aboard a Turkish corsair ship, their vessel is sunk at sea and they find themselves condemned to the oar as galley slaves for France. Driven by his quest to find his sister, Hector finally stumbles on the chilling truth of her fate when he and Dan are shipwrecked on the coast of Morocco . . .… (mer)
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Titel:Corsair
Författare:Tim Severin
Info:368 s. - London :Pan
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Taggar:fiction, historical fiction, pirates

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I'm not left wanting to read more in the series.

In historical fact, in 1677, some Barbary Corsairs sacked Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland and took most of the inhabitants into slavery in the Middle East, this follows one of those people, Hector Lynch, who is sold in Algiers and follows his adventures as slave (several times) and more as he tries to discover what happened to his sister, Elizabeth and to survive all the complex politics in the world of the time.

The complicated politics are interesting but sometimes it felt like the author had a lot of historical detail that he wanted to share with the reader, sometimes at the expense of story. Not bad but I wanted more. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Apr 5, 2017 |
Corsair is a ripping yarn in the best swashbuckling tradition, however the details that Severin weaves into the tale provide a fascinatingly different perspective on the 17th century, one that is more centered on the North African and Islamic world in both location and outlook.

Actually listened to this from audible.com; the reading is brilliantly delivered by Rupert Farley. Highly recommended.

More on this and hand drawn maps(!) at http://pratalife.blogspot.com/2009/04/hand-drawn-maps-corsair.html ( )
  pratalife | Feb 9, 2014 |
Corsair is a ripping yarn in the best swashbuckling tradition, however the details that Severin weaves into the tale provide a fascinatingly different perspective on the 17th century, one that is more centered on the North African and Islamic world in both location and outlook.

Actually listened to this from audible.com; the reading is brilliantly delivered by Rupert Farley. Highly recommended.

More on this and hand drawn maps(!) at http://pratalife.blogspot.com/2009/04/hand-drawn-maps-corsair.html ( )
  pratalife | Feb 9, 2014 |
First in a trilogy. Felt like regurgitated research strung together as fiction. Having just read 'Bring up the bodies' it felt less than literary.

Suitable for teen readers as no swearing/gratuitous violence/sex. the adventure might be a pull for them and the language & story arc are straightforward.

Enjoyable, but not enough to chase the sequels. ( )
  celerydog | Jan 4, 2013 |
Corsair - Tim Severin ****

This in the first book in a trilogy following the trials and tribulations of Hector Lynch. Set in the 17th Century it is a historical adventure novel. He is abducted from his home, along with his sister, in Ireland by a Corsair, then sold off as a slave.

In order to be treated more fairly in his role as a slave he decides (with a friend called Dan) to take the turban and convert from christianity to islam. However when he takes to the sea in a robbing spree his ship is attacked and he becomes once again a slave, this time however to the Christians.

Joined by 3 friends (a french burglar, a fellow slave & a mutilated christian) we follow his life from country to country and enslaver to enslaver.

Not a bad book, but occasionally read like a school textbook with the author seeming more intent on facts than plot. I was bordering on 3 or 4 stars for the book, but I think I learnt a few new facts along the journey so gave it a 4l

Would I read the rest of the trilogy? I'm not sure, but you never know....... ( )
  Bridgey | Sep 14, 2011 |
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1677, on a late summer?s evening two ships lurk off the coast of southwest Ireland. They are Barbary corsairs from North Africa, slave catchers. As soon as it is dark, their landing parties row ashore to raid a small fishing village - on the hunt for fresh prey . . . In the village, seventeen-year-old Hector Lynch wakes to the sound of a pistol shot. Moments later he and his sister Elizabeth are taken prisoner. From then on Hector?s life plunges into a turbulent and lawless world that is full of surprises. Separated from Elizabeth, he is sold to the slave market of Algiers, where he survives with the help of his newfound friend Dan, a Miskito Indian from the Caribbean. The two men convert to Islam to escape the horrors of the slave pens, only to become victims of the deadly warfare of the Mediterranean. Serving aboard a Turkish corsair ship, their vessel is sunk at sea and they find themselves condemned to the oar as galley slaves for France. Driven by his quest to find his sister, Hector finally stumbles on the chilling truth of her fate when he and Dan are shipwrecked on the coast of Morocco . . .

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