{read online books} Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to HistoryAuthor John Steinbeck – Schematicwiringdiagram.co

From the mid s through the s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of legendary viciousness, ruled the Spanish Main He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and America, striking terror wherever he went Morgan was obsessive He had two driving ambitions to possess the beautiful woman called La Santa Roja and to conquer Panama, the cup of gold Steinbeck s first novel and sole work of historical fiction, Cup of Gold is a lush, lyrical swashbuckling pirate fantasy, and sure to add new dimensions to readers perceptions of this all American writer This edition features an introduction by Susan F Beegel


10 thoughts on “Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History

  1. PirateSteve PirateSteve says:

    John Steinbeck wrote a romance novel Well that s what the publishers at Popular Library want readers to believe.It seems Cup of Gold, Steinbeck s first novel, needed some good ol fashion salesmanship in order to make everybody involved some money So they tried to pass this book off as a romance From the front cover He Sacked Panama For A Woman s Kisses From the back cover She was the lovely mystery woman of Panama Every foulmouthed buccaneer on the Spanish Main dreamed of possessing John Steinbeck wrote a romance novel Well that s what the publishers at Popular Library want readers to believe.It seems Cup of Gold, Steinbeck s first novel, needed some good ol fashion salesmanship in order to make everybody involved some money So they tried to pass this book off as a romance From the front cover He Sacked Panama For A Woman s Kisses From the back cover She was the lovely mystery woman of Panama Every foulmouthed buccaneer on the Spanish Main dreamed of possessing her It was desire to take this woman that brought Henry Morgan, King of the Pirates, to Panama With torch and cutlass he laid waste to the mightiest citadel in Spanish America And he did it all for Ysobel I m no romance expert but I found no romance in this book It is Steinbeck s well written historical fiction account of Henry Morgan And Henry Morgan, successful rascal that he was, lusted for two things wealth and fame This book is not even close to Steinbeck s best work but it does show signs of the brilliance to come


  2. Kim Kim says:

    To me there s something appealing about the idea of reading a writer s novels in chronological order Apart from having the opportunity to observe a development in literary skills, it feels like a properly organised thing to do So for quite a while I regretted that I didn t do just that when I embarked on reading the works of John Steinbeck I no longer feel that way If this, Steinbeck s first novel, had been my introduction to his work, there s at least a chance I would have gone no further To me there s something appealing about the idea of reading a writer s novels in chronological order Apart from having the opportunity to observe a development in literary skills, it feels like a properly organised thing to do So for quite a while I regretted that I didn t do just that when I embarked on reading the works of John Steinbeck I no longer feel that way If this, Steinbeck s first novel, had been my introduction to his work, there s at least a chance I would have gone no further The subtitle of the novel is A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History It re imagines aspects of the life and career of the real life 17th century privateer and British colonial administrator, beginning with his youth in Wales, going on to his experiences as a bonded worker in Barbados and his career as a privateer a polite word for pirate , which culminates in the sack of Panama.I appreciated the novelthan I might otherwise have done because of my familiarity with Steinbeck s life and fiction It s an uneven mixture of swashbuckling boys own adventure and coming of age story, with an overtone of Arthurian quest Steinbeck was passionate about Arthurian legend and its varous literary incarnations and it s interesting to observe this obsession manifesting itself in his early work Although quite different from Steinbeck s later, better, work, it shows hints of what would come to characterise his fiction a strong sense of the natural environment and compassion for human frailty Like most of Steinbeck s novels, this work has a moral It s not a particularly subtle moral essentially a variation on be careful what you wish for The manner in which the moral plays itself out is a little tedious, the last quarter of the work is disappointing and the ending is odd These are definite weaknesses, but it is a first novel after all, and one that I mostly enjoyed This is one for the Steinbeck completist and not the place to start with Steinbeck s fiction Not great, not terrible, three and a bit stars because I m such a fan


  3. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Notorious pirate Captain Henry Morgan gets the John Steinbeck treatment, and I loved it But what to call this It s sort of a biography, but there are obviously fantastical elements to it History, fictionhistorical fiction Whatever the case, Steinbeck does an admirable of bringing Henry Morgan to life How much of it is real life, well, who s to say It begins in Wales with Morgan as a child being enthralled by the dark and mysterious tales of a salty dog He is overcome with an undeniable i Notorious pirate Captain Henry Morgan gets the John Steinbeck treatment, and I loved it But what to call this It s sort of a biography, but there are obviously fantastical elements to it History, fictionhistorical fiction Whatever the case, Steinbeck does an admirable of bringing Henry Morgan to life How much of it is real life, well, who s to say It begins in Wales with Morgan as a child being enthralled by the dark and mysterious tales of a salty dog He is overcome with an undeniable impetus to go a buccaneering And so he does Steinbeck shows the influences that transformed the young Morgan into the legend he would become We then get a taste of his pirating Not a great deal Anyone that came into this hoping for wall to wall swashbuckling adventure will be disappointed I ve read enough Steinbeck to know what to expect One of those books was his attempt at the Arthurian legends, so thefantastical elements, that seem so very not Steinbeck, I wasn t surprised by The man liked tall tales and adventure This fits right in My review is based on the audiobook version narrated by Ronan Vibert, who does an absolutely excellent job capturing the introspective tone that takes up much of this book Vibert, and English actor, also proved masterly at handling the many and widely varied accents within Cup of Gold English classes and regions , Spanish, Creole, and most importantly, the fairly difficult Welsh He jumped between these, as well as male and female version of them, with great dexterity


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    First, the woman who wrote the introduction should be hanged for treason Thoroughly masculine and should find much favor with those male readers who delight in bloody tales of piracy and rebellion Male readers Hello I quite enjoy a little bit of bloodthirsty swashbuckling and I ain t male.And I obviously really enjoyed this story It was really very fun and I loved seeing Morgan s character evolve all the way from pitiful on up He was a fascinating character Although not particularly c First, the woman who wrote the introduction should be hanged for treason Thoroughly masculine and should find much favor with those male readers who delight in bloody tales of piracy and rebellion Male readers Hello I quite enjoy a little bit of bloodthirsty swashbuckling and I ain t male.And I obviously really enjoyed this story It was really very fun and I loved seeing Morgan s character evolve all the way from pitiful on up He was a fascinating character Although not particularly complex, it showed how both external and internal factors formed and changed him And yes, we get bloodthirsty swashbuckling pirate y fun, and quite a magnificent raid on Panama Oh hell, it was fun


  5. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    Cup of Gold had all the elements that promised an enjoyable read for me Steinbeck, pirates, historical fiction.And, yet, I was so bored.Apparently, this is Steinbeck s first novel Knowing this, I can forgive the book some of the tediousness and lack of message, but still, knowing what Steinbeck is capable of creating in his later books makes it difficult to like this book any better.


  6. Michelle Curie Michelle Curie says:

    I had no idea John Steinbeck s first novel was a romantic story about pirates I m on a personal quest to read his work chronologically, so it made sense to start here And it turned out to be an origin story as far as writers have one Well, yeah, the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of Sir Henry Morgan is the whiskey, but there s certainlyto his story Cup of Gold traces his life from early childhood to his eventual death, retelling all kinds of adventures and romantic enc I had no idea John Steinbeck s first novel was a romantic story about pirates I m on a personal quest to read his work chronologically, so it made sense to start here And it turned out to be an origin story as far as writers have one Well, yeah, the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of Sir Henry Morgan is the whiskey, but there s certainlyto his story Cup of Gold traces his life from early childhood to his eventual death, retelling all kinds of adventures and romantic encounters that happened in between It s a lush first novel that didn t attract much attention upon its original publication and only received mixed reviews back in the day, but it s particularly interesting to read now, knowing what an outstanding writer Steinbeck would eventually become And even in a work as early as this, you already have those classic poetic descriptions of landscapesThe wind had died, leaving a thick silence on the hills Everywhere the sad, soundless ghosts flitted about their hauntingAh, what would Steinbeck be without phrases like theseBut on a grander scale, this feltlike a character study The Henry Morgan we meet here was made for big things, with an impulsive and adventurous character As his own father marks early onI say to you, without pleasure, that this son of ours will be a great man, because he is not very intelligent He can see only one desire at a time I said he tested his dreams he will murder every dream with the implacable arrows of his will This boy will win to every goal of his aiming for he can realize no thought, no reason, but his ownBut Morgan has a weakness women Or to bespecific, it s one in particular His true love named Elizabeth, who makes him beware of female power and turns him into a man unable to have meaningful relationships for the rest of his life And it is this conflict, the fear or feeling, that followed Morgan onto his deathbed, that made this short and debutant novel worth your timeWe are rich with all the little pictures of the past and the things he played with They can never go while life is here


  7. Djrmel Djrmel says:

    To be a fair critic of this book, you d need to not know who the author was before you started the book As a first book, it doesn t deserve to carry the literary stigma of The Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men And it is a stigma, because any reader who has read those books will go looking for at least the seed of what was to become some of the greatest writing of the 20th century, and if it s a readers first Steinbeck, they re going to be expecting to see what is so great about his work Unfo To be a fair critic of this book, you d need to not know who the author was before you started the book As a first book, it doesn t deserve to carry the literary stigma of The Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men And it is a stigma, because any reader who has read those books will go looking for at least the seed of what was to become some of the greatest writing of the 20th century, and if it s a readers first Steinbeck, they re going to be expecting to see what is so great about his work Unfortunately for this book, it just wasn t there yet And of course it shouldn t be, how many really good authors do their best work first That s not to say this is bad writing, rookie Steinbeck is still better that 50% of what I ve read The theme, a young man dreams of , believes he can obtain it through hard work, and then discovers that life isn t that simple okay, so there s that seed of future Steinbeck is portrayed through a fictionalized version of the life of the very real pirate privateer Henry Morgan There s an odd sort of realism to the book, Steinbeck s pirates do have pillage and torture, rape is alluded to, they make use of the services of prostitutes, but there s no mention of them killing anyone when they do these things Whole Spanish ships are captured through the use of fire and canonball, but there would appear to be no casualties That lack of finality weakens the story tremendously, view spoiler and when Morgan does kill two members of his own crew, one that he s grown very attached to, it makes the previous omissions of mortality all theobvious hide spoiler I d go with 2 1 2 stars if I could, but I ll bump it up because a Steinbeck and b Pirate


  8. Judy Judy says:

    Having left port with the completion of Cup of Gold, my friend, Mikki, and I have embarked on a reading voyage that paddles through all books Steinbeck chronologically plus a few stow away biographies.Cup of Gold launched Steinbeck s literary career and has the distinction of being his only historical novel From a Steinbeck fan POV, this book fascinated me The flashes of Steinbeck phrase ology peeked through like the sun on a mostly overcast day in the first and last chapters, while the middle Having left port with the completion of Cup of Gold, my friend, Mikki, and I have embarked on a reading voyage that paddles through all books Steinbeck chronologically plus a few stow away biographies.Cup of Gold launched Steinbeck s literary career and has the distinction of being his only historical novel From a Steinbeck fan POV, this book fascinated me The flashes of Steinbeck phrase ology peeked through like the sun on a mostly overcast day in the first and last chapters, while the middle chapters consisted primarily of vintage Steinbeck I felt I could see him fishing in the deep blue sea for his voice and style in the two chapters mentioned before, while the mid voyage was awash with the patented Steinbeck smoothness of speech Personally, I m glad he abandoned the historical novel ship and flew his own colors writing novels that encompass what he learned in his own life and about his family history The advice write what you know cannoned him to fame and served other writers well However, I enjoyed my time asea with Captain Henry Morgan in the golden pages of this first treasure My spyglass is now trained on the next novel, The Pastures of Heaven


  9. Malum Malum says:

    A very unusual part of Steinbeck s bibliography, Cup of Gold is an adventurous pirate tale On top of that, it is also draws heavily on Celtic themes, complete with Merlin, Annwn, and witchcraft although it never fully becomes fantasy, leaving these things firmly in the realm of maybe it was real but maybe not This might seem like an odd combination but Steinbeck makes it work, turning this into an almost Arthurian pirate adventure tempered with the heavier themes that Steinbeck is so good A very unusual part of Steinbeck s bibliography, Cup of Gold is an adventurous pirate tale On top of that, it is also draws heavily on Celtic themes, complete with Merlin, Annwn, and witchcraft although it never fully becomes fantasy, leaving these things firmly in the realm of maybe it was real but maybe not This might seem like an odd combination but Steinbeck makes it work, turning this into an almost Arthurian pirate adventure tempered with the heavier themes that Steinbeck is so good at employing


  10. Jo Lisa Jo Lisa says:

    I can t even BEGIN to say enough about this book It starts wonderfully, lags a bit, then finishes with Steinbeck awesomeness Henry Morgan is probably the most famous English pirate to ever sail It would be fair to say that the romanticizing of pirates in movies and stories also came partially from the story of his life In Cup of Gold, Steinbeck takes that life and turns it into a tale that captivates..The story of young Henry feeling the call of the sea the joining of himself to other pira I can t even BEGIN to say enough about this book It starts wonderfully, lags a bit, then finishes with Steinbeck awesomeness Henry Morgan is probably the most famous English pirate to ever sail It would be fair to say that the romanticizing of pirates in movies and stories also came partially from the story of his life In Cup of Gold, Steinbeck takes that life and turns it into a tale that captivates..The story of young Henry feeling the call of the sea the joining of himself to other pirates the search for the most sought after woman in the world and finally the conquering of Panama Old Henry does not feel the same about the world, butimportantly, he does not feel the same about himself We see the Henry of all ages as he strives for something he cannot name, but can t seem to stop chasing I highly recommend this book I almost wish that I didn t know that Steinbeck had to balance biography and historical fiction to concoct this beautiful tale