And now, nothing heeding my defenceless situation and the further horrors that might be mine aboard this accursed pirate ship, I nevertheless knew great content for that, with every plunge and roll of the vessel, I was so much the nearer Nombre de Dios town where lay prisoned my enemy, Richard Brandon; thus I made of my sinful lust for vengeance a comfort to my present misAnd now, nothing heeding my defenceless situation and the further horrors that might be mine aboard this accursed pirate ship, I nevertheless knew great content for that, with every plunge and roll of the vessel, I was so much the nearer Nombre de Dios town where lay prisoned my enemy, Richard Brandon; thus I made of my sinful lust for vengeance a comfort to my present miseries, and plotting my enemy's destruction, found therein much solace and consolation....
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Humph. Martin was a fool in the first book, and his intellect does not improve in this narrative. An added disappointment is the Lady Joan wasn't in it as much. Instead we are treated to Joanna, a fierce, violent, evil wench. I wished a coconut would fall and knock her senseless. I have no liking for characters who use trickery and aggravation to get their way. I don't really feel that I can "review" this, so I'll just go over my likes and dislikes. Likes:Adam Penfeather was one step ahead, he wasn't going to let a prideful fool (aka Martin), spoil his life and everyone else's. Lady Joan was just as sweet and forgiving, almost too much. All the characters had a bit of good and bad, and were treated accordingly. I found the female pirate intriguing, if rather vile. Dislikes:Martin did not learn from his past, and that made me terribly mad. I liked him and wanted him to move forward, not keep retracing his steps. I think he deserved being stuck on a desert island with Joanna. He needed someone to knock some sense into him. I only wish she hadn't been so irritating in the process because that just made me feel bad for Martin. I pity Lady Joan for loving a man that didn't trust her one jot. Would I reread this? No. I would reread Black Bartlemy's Treasure, but this book was too tiresome.PG this book had more violence in the forms of shooting, knifing, torture and hangings. We were not subjected to descriptions of it all though, thank goodness. Some swearing, not much or strong. The song that was in the first is still in this; I will have it memorized for life, I fear. "Two on a knife did end their lifeAnd three the bullet took O,But three times three died plaguilyA wriggling on a hook O.A hook both strong and bright and long,They died by gash o' hook O."Note: I recommend that you read this book soon after the first since the first ends on a cliffhanger and this one goes forward three years showing us what happened in between. This is not a standalone.
Jeffrey Farnol, who wrote ‘historical swashbucklers’ and was a huge infuence in historical novels in the early twentieth century, had a writing career spanning from 1907 until his death in 1952, but has now largely sunk into obscurity.Historical swashbucklers intended largely for a male audience seem – unless I am missing some new development – to have fallen out of favour. Meawhile, ‘historical romances’ catering for an overwhelmingly female audience have taken over from them in popularity. I don’t quite know why.I can see why the swashbuckler type of story is less likely to appeal to a modern female readership, because it concentrates largely on male experience, and female characters in this genre were given largely traditional and subsidiary roles.I heard somewhere that Farnol was notorious for his dialogue, of the ‘Marry, thou art a saucy rogue’ type. – In fact, this seems unfair; his historical dialogue is nothing like as bad as that.I was originally attracted by the lurid blurb for his 1921 ‘Martin Coningsby’s Vengeance’:‘Jeffery Farnol brings back the pirate days of the Spanish Main in this stirring book with a company of picturesque characters. It is a full-blooded, wholesome novel that captivates the reader.Martin Conisby, sour from his five years of slavery on the Spanish galleon Esmeralda, escapes during a sea fight on to an English ship and makes his way back to England. Seeking revenge on Richard Brandon, who was the cause of his father’s death and his own imprisonment. Broken both in body and spirit, he arrives home disguised as a tramp, just in time to save a beautiful girl from the hands of robber, Lady Jane Brandon, the daughter of the man whom he has sworn to punish.In the tavern he meets an old friend, Adam Penfeather, who tells him the tale of Black Bartlemy, the infamous pirate, with his treasure buried on a desert island–treasure of magnificent value.’…I have to say, I expected the worst of this, the first book I have ever read by Farnol. I thought for sheer badness it might even rival the work of that writer of Victorian romantic melodramas, Charles Garvice -and that really would be something. I have Charles Garvice up on a pedastal for, as Laura Sewell Mater puts it, ‘Astonishingly, almost unbelievaby bad writing’.In fact, Jeffrey Farnol turned out to be a better writer than I expected. His style can even be evocative.True, the plots are far fetched and the actions and speeches of the characters melodramatic. Also, the views of the author are obviously as reactionary, certainly depicting unfortunate racism, and as given to conventional sex roles as can be, despite the appearance of a rather wonderful female pirate in this story – Joanna, otherwise Cap’n Jo – who comes to fall hopelessly in love with the hero, who shows superhuman indifference to her manifold charms, being determined to be faithful to his first love.She, having been a heartless mistress to several savage pirates, wastes away for love of Coninsby, who is disgusted by her previous colourful history. In the end, she dies saving him from the murderous plot she had intended for him.Here, as in a good many other places, the writing takes off: as Coninsby sails away from the desert island where he has left her buried, he reflects:‘And with my gaze thus fixed, I must needs wonder what became of the fiery, passionate spirit of her, that tameless soul that was one with the winds and stars and oceans, even as Resolution had once said. And thus I presently fell a praying, and my cheek wet with tears that I thought no shame.’Coninsby is motivated by a burning desire for vengeance on his old enemy Brandon. He even – this is one of the wildly improbable parts of the plot – engineers to be taken by the Spanish Inquisition in order to be brought into contact with his old enemy, who has fallen into their hands himself.However, here he finds that Brandon has been so changed by the tortures of the Inquisition that he is no longer the callous, arrogant enemy in the prime of life into an old man broken in body, but transformed in spirit.I was impressed by this feature of the plot – how Coninsby finds that, having lived for vengeance, it has lost all its appeal:‘God had given to my vengeance at last no more than this miserable thing, this poor, pale shadow.’Gradually, Coninsby comes to forgive his once pitiless enemy, and to value him as a friend. Together, they escape from the Inquisition by boat, only to encounter further and wilder adventures:‘And now, we were admit the breakers; over my shoulder, through whirling spray, I caught a glimpse of sandy foreshore where lay our salvation; then, with sudden rending crash, we struck and a great wave engulfed us.’Despite the author’s addiction to adjectives and adverbs, his tendency to purple prose and his conventional outlook, there is often a strength to the writing that I hadn’t expected.However, I gather that the female pirate Joanna is not a typical female for Jeffrey Farnol, Coninsby’s virtuous sweetheart Joan being more typical, and that he likes to portray coy, lash batting wenches more often than combatative ones. If I sample other of his novels, I can see myself possibly becoming irritated by that. This sort of swashbuckling historical novel has, as I said, gone out of fashion, while historical romances with a plot catering for ‘feminine’ tastes, with an emphasis on the love story, have conversely developed a large following.I think this is a loss, but then, I enjoy an adventure story with the love story as part, rather than the pivot of the plot.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:The seafaring hero faces more pirates and battles afloat. Jeffrey Farnol's swashbuckling saga with Steven Pacey and Julia Swift.
Originally published on my blog here in June 1998.This is, of course, the sequel to Black Bartlemy's Treasure, and continues the swashbuckling adventures of Martin Conisby in the Caribbean. At the start of the book, Martin is stranded on his desert island once again. This time, he is alone, until the pirate lass Joanna is stranded there too. (This deserted island seems to get as much traffic as the Pool of London.)She of course falls in love with Martin, though he spurns her in memory of his beloved, Joan, daughter of his hereditary enemy, Richard Brandon. Joanna, as a pirate cheif and beautiful woman, is not accustomed to rejection, and in a fit of anger destroys the boat he has been making to escape from the island (and her importunities).Martin continues to resist Joanna even after they are picked up by her pirate crew, and he makes his escape as they are engaged with an English ship. This ship turns out to be commanded by his old friend Adam Penfeather, and has Joan aboard. They take Joanna captive, sinking her ship, and she claims that she is pregnant with Martin's child, thus causing Joan to turn away from him.Still obsessed with his desire for revenge on Richard Brandon, Martin leaves the ship to head into the mainland and to the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition, where he should be able to find him.As you would expect, Martin is captured by the Inquisition, and is imprisoned in the same cell as Richard Brandon. The changes wrought upon Brandon in the years he has spent in the cell mean that he is now a gentle, humble man full of remorse for the way he treated Martin and his father in years past. The meeting with Richard finally persuades Martin that revenge is hollow; nothing he can now do could make his enemy suffer more than he has already, and the enemy is not the same person that he was when he committed great injustices against Martin.Martin Conisby's Vengeance is a better book than Black Bartlemy's Treasure, thanks mainly to the interest of Richard Brandon's character - he is much less two-dimensional than most of Farnol's creations.
This is the sequel to Black Bartlemy's Treasure at the end of which Martin Conisby is deserted on an island. This story begins some 3-years later and Martin is still bent on revenge in spite of having lost all he cared for because of his stubborn desire for revenge. Rescued from the island eventually, Martin comes face-to-face with the object of his soul-destroying hatred but their shared experiences, appalling living conditions and circumstances begins a metamorphasis in Martin.An excellent book were it not for the very difficult old-English style language (for example: "... And my hair? Doth it please you thus?" And now I saw her silky tresses (and for all their mutilation) right cunningly ordered, and amid their beauty that same wooden comb I had made for her on the island...". Well worth the read nonetheless but for full appreciation, Black Bartlemy's Treasure should be read first.I read the e-book version of the book, downloaded from Project Gutenberg but it can be read online right here on Goodreads at Goodreads.
A neat sequel to his Black Bartlemy's Treasure. I'd give 5 stars to the first half--which with pirate queen Joanna brings in a character equally volcanic as the narrator, Martin Conisby--and 3 to the second half. After Martin meets his arch-enemy in the dungeons of the Inquisition (Farnol seems to have little use for the Spanish or the Roman Church) and most of the characters (hero and villain) that you care about have been killed off, it gets rambly, repetitious and groaningly melodramatic. So stop somewhere on his trip to find Joan--you know what will happen 100 pages later, and it does.
Last book of the year, finished on a train ride. I enjoyed the book though I dropped it for a while. I like all of Farnol's books that I've picked up. And they're freebies if you like pirate stuff.
Nice to catch up with some of the characters from Black Bartlemy's Treasure
Redemption at its best. There are pirates in this swashbuckling book, but definitely does not glamorize them. Interesting to read yet another castaway book.