[Reading] ➶ The Sea-Hawk Author Rafael Sabatini – Kairafanan.co

It's been quite a while since I saw the Errol Flynn movie that I remember very little beyond the galley slaves rowing and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's memorable score, but I would be willing to bet on my fleeting memory that the film was considerably different than this book, and that's not a bad thing. The film is enjoyable for its time, but the book stands strong as an adventure. The idea of Christian Englishman with a sordid past being abducted and finding his way to becoming a Muslim pirate legend seems like a radical plot for its time. There are many intense scenes throughout, and I don't just mean action. When he gets to prove his innocence to his former fiancee who believed the accusations that he was a murderer, while reconciliation is certainly to be expected in a novel of this type and time, it does not come easily. In fact, the venom spoken between the two is cold and biting. A bit melodramatic in places, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. This was an excellent adventure novel. I first came to Rafael Sabatini through his excellent 1922 pirate novel Captain Blood, and then read his fine 1921 swashbuckling tale, Scaramouche. Continuing this journey through Sabatini's novels, I've just completed his 1915 pirate intrigue, The SeaHawk. The SeaHawk doesn't disappoint, living up exceedingly well to the high standards of Sabatini's other novels. It's got everythingadventure, drama, romance, and exotic locales. There are some elements that echo Sabatini's other stories, but they're used with a new spin and combined in different ways, so it still seems fresh, and the setting helps with that a great deal as well.

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.

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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)