Sea Peril

Sea Peril

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  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0192712578
  • 9780192712578

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That spontaneous generation of English worthies - Peter, Arthur and David - returns here in a bicycle-powered, paddle-driven punt with a living cabin forward (three sleeping bags wide) and an engineroom aft (seat and pedals). The "Sea Peril" channels only part of their energies: David's still anti-athletic, almost apathetic until the big rescue scene near the end; Peter's still calculating on paper, and Arthur supplies an undiminishing battery of mimicking speeches and masterful non sequiturs. The guest of Hugh Frankson, Arthur with his peasant blood aroused insults Lady Bridgebolton, his cricketeering friend's imperious aunt who won't provide her tenants with adequate sanitation facilities. Following their history master's archaeological pursuits with varying degrees of enthusiasm, they're looking for the legendary buried tower somewhere on the Lady's land; her niece, dubbed Lady Jane, is looking for diversion, and it's to their credit that they risk ruin to their vessel in rescuing the girl. Thereafter Lady B is grateful almost to a fault in her drama of restoration on land and sea, even shows them the stony point they've been looking for. A villainous cruiser captain is as seasoned a veteran as battleaxe Bridgebolton but the developments are deft and daft, the repartee enduring. See also 1966, 985, J-325 and 1967, 508, J-180. (Kirkus Reviews)show more