Our hero, Sir Oliver Tressilian, lives in England in the late 16th century under the cloud of his deceased father's bad reputation. Like Peter Blood, the titular Captain Blood, he is victim of a great injustice, finds himself enslaved, gains freedom, and becomes a pirate, all while having a complicated relationship with a woman whose political background is a challenge. However, his injustice is of a much more personal nature, and his saga of piracy, love, and redemption doesn't take place in the Caribbean, as Blood's does, but along the Barbary Coast, where Sir Oliver becomes known as SakrelBahr, the Hawk of the Sea, a feared corsair and major political power in Algiers.
The setting and the political intrigue are what really stand out for me with The SeaHawk. There are countless tales about piracy in the Caribbean, but the Barbary Coast pirates are often forgotten, despite their effectiveness. Seeing Sir Oliver plunged into the Muslim world of Algiers is fascinating. This is Sabatini at his historical fiction finest. He really immerses you in the culture, the religion, and both the glamour and unpleasant realities of the time and place. It's not just window dressing, either, as important facets of the religion and culture play crucial roles in the plot. There's also some excellent political scheming, as SakrelBahr is a favorite of the Basha of Algiers, and his conniving wife and jealous son try every trick in the book to turn them against each other. Oh, and the romance? Yeah, that gets caught up in all of this as well.
I listened to Tantor's 2001 production of The SeaHawk, read by John Bolen. The audio quality was a bit rough, but I believe that's likely a result of the library's eaudio book overcompression, as I haven't noticed it with other Tantor productions. As for Bolen himself, he does excellent work with character voices, but his general narration is oddly a bit flat. Overall, he's perfectly capable. I did find myself wishing that Simon Vance (who also records as Robert Whitfield) had recorded The SeaHawk, though, as I've enjoyed his narration on Sabatini's Captain Blood and Scaramouche immensely. The unabridged recording runs approximately eleven hours.
I highly recommend The SeaHawk. Fans of Sabatini's other work will immediately take to it, as will fans of pirate fiction, historical fiction, political intrigue or stories that take place in exotic locations. The SeaHawk has helped cement Sabatini's place as one of my favorite authors. The Sea HawkIMDb In The Sea Hawk, Hero Errol Flynn, Director Michael Curtiz, And Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold Provide Great Entertainment Very Similar To That In Their Earlier Classic That Starred Flynn As Robin Hood Supporting Actors Alan Hale, Claude Rains, And Una O Connor Also Are Back, Joined By Brenda Marshall, Flora Robson, And Henry Daniell L Aigle Des Mers Film,WikipdiaHawker Sea Hawk WikipdiaKorngold The Sea Hawk Stromberg, Orchestre SymphoniqueThe Sea Hawk Is A Great Romantic Adventure Film, But Just A Big A Star As Errol Flynn Is Korngold S Music It S A Beautiful, Dramatic And Exciting Piece Of Classical Music In It S Own Right, And Naxos Have Done The World A Favour By Giving Us This Recording If You Have Any Interest In Film Music At All, Then You Must Buy This CD En Lire Pluspersonnes Ont Trouv Cela Utile Utile EnvoiThe Sea HawkRotten Tomatoes In The S, The Sea Hawks The Name Given To The Bold Privateers Who Prowl The Oceans Taking Ships And Treasure On Behalf The British Crown Are The Most Dedicated Defenders Of British The Sea Hawk Soundtrack Suite Erich Wolfgang Original Motion Picture SoundtrackComposed And Conducted By Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Performed By The Warner Brothers Studio Orchestra Please Note That The Rights Belong To The OwnerThe Sea HawkFull Cast Crew IMDb The Sea Hawkcast And Crew Credits, Including Actors, Actresses, Directors, Writers And I have a bit of a weakness for swashbuckling tales of adventure, and I think it’s fair to say that the greatest writer of such stories in the English language was Rafael Sabatini (18751950). And The Sea Hawk, originally published in 1915, is generally regarded as one of his finest works.
Sabatini was born in Italy. His mother was English and from the age of seventeen he made his home in England. All his books were written in English.
Like his even more famous Captain Bloodwhich came out in 1922) The Sea Hawk is the story of a reluctant pirate. The Tressilian family has a reputation for hot tempers and for morals that could charitably be described as relaxed. The young Sir Oliver Tressilian certainly shares the family reputation, although in his case it’s a little unfair. He is aware of his tendency to anger quickly and he is trying to curb that weakness.
He has an incentive to do so. He is in love with Rosamund Goldolphin. The Godolophins are both neighbours and traditional enemies of the Tressilians and Rosamund’s unstable brother Peter hates Sir Oliver with a passion. Sir Oliver is determined not to be provoked by the impetuous youth. He has sworn to Rosamund that Peter will never meet with harm from him.
His good intentions are to no avail. When Peter Godolphin is found dead of a sword thrust the general assumption is that Sir Oliver was his slayer. Even Rosamund believes this. He is in fact innocent, but is trapped between family loyalty and selfinterest and is unable to convince her that he is guiltless. And his troubles have only just begun. He is treacherously kidnapped and finds himself at sea, and worse soon follows. The ship is taken by the Spaniards, and this being the late 16th century, the age of Queen Elizabeth, being taken by the Spaniards is very bad news indeed. Particularly in light of the fact that Tressilian has in the past been involved in maritime adventures that the Spanish are inclined to regard as being simple piracy.
Tressilian is sentenced to the galleys, but help comes from an unlikely quarter. His galley is captured by Moslem corsairs. Sir Oliver decides that being a Christian hasn’t done him much good and is easily persuaded to adopt the Moslem faith. This proves to be a very good move. Like many another Christian renegade he adapts quickly to life as a Barbary corsair and within a few years is the righthand man to the Basha of Algiers. Sir Oliver Tressilian is now the famous Moslem corsair SakrelBahr, the SeaHawk. Piracy is a profession for which he has a true gift.
He believes he has shaken off his past, but it will come back to haunt him in unexpected ways and he will face some very difficult choices.
And of course he will have many adventures on the way.
Sir Oliver is a wonderful largerthanlife character. He is a flawed hero, or perhaps an heroic villain, but either way he’s entertaining and likeable. He is in fact a classic swashbuckling hero but with a dark side.
Sabatini tells his colourful tale with a great deal of flair. The plot is quite intricate and although it relies rather a lot on coincidence this is one of the conventions of this type of fiction. The lives of heroes are guided by fate, after all.
Immense fun, highly recommended. Buddy read with Bettie, Hayes (?) and Wanda.
SakrelBahr, the hawk of the sea, the scourge of the Mediterranean and the terror of Christian Spain lay prone on the heights of Cape Spartel.
This is the story of Oliver Tressilian who became a corsair since he was wrongly accused by this own brother of the murder of Master Peter Godolphin.
He then became a Barbary pirate after have spent a long time a galley slave.
Lady Rosamund Godolphin, his girlfriend, didn't trust him at the first time and believed at his treasonous brother. But their lives will cross again and the truth shall prevail.
The original movie SeaHawk (1924) was based on this book. However, the story is completely different from the Errol Flynn movie SeaHawk (1940).
Having already read two of Sabatini's previous works, Captain Blood and Scaramouche, this book was enjoyable but really predictable (view spoiler)[(its hero is a falselycondemned man who becomes a slave, then a captain who must engage in a constant war of wits against his own supposed allies and eventually overcome empires to win his one true love= recycled plot of "Captain Blood") (hide spoiler)] 'Tis a wonder that one so cunning could have a brother so stupid.
In the end this book has an original starpoint for Oliver's characterthat is, for his wit, his intelligence and cunning, pretty great character building.
One point for a naturalish plot, it didn't seem forced to me, and there was no other way clear to me that could have spared the characters the grief.
One point for the other stupid characters that were there to compensate for Oliver. In faith, if not for that Harry, I would have given up hope, even Rosamund. There is a pride next to a natural evil that is the like of her brother's that bade her think a man beneath her and condemn him and his last attempt to reach out.
One more point because this book deserves a 4 and I'm lazy Rafael Sabatini is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The Sea Hawk is the 2nd book I've read of his and it's already one of my favorite books of all time. I look forward to reading many more of his work! Sabatini seems so far to have a pattern to his writing. His stories stop when the hero has his happy ending and justice has been delivered to his villains, i.e., actual scumbags for whom there is very little sympathy from the reader. In all three books, there is also the woman who misunderstands the hero, the side villain that redeems himself, and the fool of a side character that makes life hard for the hero. The hero is sardonic, honorable, stoic, steadfast, and faces adversity with a barbed tongue, dignity, and cunning resourcefulness. Despite these patterns, I've found that the three books I've read of him thus far have been very different from each other and enjoyable in different ways, and that their heroes, while sharing personality points, are characters that stand on their own without borrowing fromt he others. Even knowing that it will be a good ending doesn't stop me from getting caught up in the tension of the Sea Hawk, for example, and the emotions expounded on by the narrator. You just want to know how the story will unfurl, how Oliver will dodge the bullet, and so on and so forth. I think I could read Sabatini forever, hahaha. Sometimes roots of all evil lies within mankind, equally as a species.
I won't say anything but that, because I try to respect both men and women equally, but ... Well, read the story and you shall understand what I mean.
The SeaHawk, indeed, was a epic saga. So much story within one book, so many things happened within one fourth of the book, and so many ups and downs altogether... all made me captive with awe. A story told so long ago, yet it remains to be one of its kind. Thus The SeaHawk is considered as a classic, independent of time and land.
It starts with Oliver, a nobleman, good guy. He tends to his responsibilities well, he respect his love and honor equally. So when love of his life, Rosamund, ignored her, he felt sad and weak. But he never once doubted her love for him, and hoped things will come around once again soon enough. Then conspiracy happens and things go south. From then on, it was one nonstop ride of tragic events towards the end.
From beginning to end it was an intriguing story. I remained to the edges for each turn of event took place. Felt sad many times, was afraid of the future that threatened the main protagonist. And talking about evil deeds!! Oh man! there were plenty. I just kept my fingers crossed and hoped for the best until the end.
It was a clever storyline, which I am sure author crafted with complete outline before attempting to write. There were many loose strings which gets tied up together nicely enough.
There were pirates, attacks, love, hate, friendship, loyalty, conspiracy, tragedy, and much more.
This is a story that has the power to keep you entrained, time and time again.
[I read a translated version, and to describe in one word, it was a "Flawless" work.]