visión de conjunto:Críticas John Meade Falkner's tale of smuggling a cursed diamond revenge ghosts a secret code wrongful imprisonment and great sacrifice. It calls for comparison with The Three Musketeers Treasure Island Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World and Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes. A novel of claustrophobic darkness storm-wracked seas and wild romantic landscapes it sweeps the reader irresistibly along like the deadly undertow at Moonfleet Beach (Washington Post)A ripping yarn...a wonderful story of smuggling and skulduggery (Independent)This one of the great adventure stories for young people perhaps even more enjoyable than Treasure Island (Observer)It's a Victorian adventure story about the 18th century; about an orphan boy who becomes involved with smugglers and with one particular mentor figure - the grim old Elzevir Block. It is beautifully written and astonishingly vivid: you live alongside the boy trapped in a tomb escaping along a cliff track let down a deep well by a villain to find a lost diamond fleeing to the Hague being duped arrested put in a prison camp for years transported to Java shipwrecked at last on his own home beach (Libby Purves)A tale of smuggling and diamonds and winter storms all set around a fictional village on the edge of Chesil Beach. In Faulkner's book as in Ian McEwan's the beach takes on a character of its own and the final scene with its fearsome storm and its smugglers and crashing timbers is as much about the beach as the characters. (Mail on Sunday) Reseña del editor Orphaned John Trenchard grows up in the village of Moonfleet with his aunt entranced by the local legend of the ghostly Blackbeard who rises each winter night to search for his lost diamond. While conducting his own hunt for the treasure John is trapped in the church crypt and discovers the true secret of the village: smuggling. Taken under the wing of the gruff innkeeper and chief smuggler Elzevir Block John begins a dangerous adventure which will see him in a hair-raising chase along a precarious cliff path and deciphering a hidden code in an ancient castle. Moonfleet is thrilling story of revenge and betrayal of loyalty and great sacrifice but it is above all a story about friendship.. Biografía del autor John Meade Falkner was born in Wiltshire in 1858. He worked as a teacher at Derby school and climbed through the ranks of a large Newcastle arms manufacturer to become its director in 1901 after working for the company founder as his family's tutor for many years. After retiring in 1926 Falkner became honorary librarian to the dean and chapter of Durham Cathedral. He wrote three novels including Moonfleet (1898) as well as publishing a volume of poetry (Poems 1933) and a pocket history of Oxfordshire. J. Meade Falkner died on July 22 1932.