At this moment the next canon shot sounds, and a
canon ball flies through the topgallent sail on the mizenmast. A
circular hole is left behind in the sail. The canon ball from the second
canon impacts to the port side next to the stern of the ‘Norfolk’, and
there follows again a fountain of water. Callum Milton looks to the
captain who peacefully reaches inside his waistcoat pocket and takes out
his golden pocket watch. The decorated hinged lid springs open, and Mac
Brodie throws a glance at the time. “In around eight minutes or four
more shots we should be outside the range of their canons.”
Heinz Meistermann’s achievement is
nothing less than the rebirth of the classical adventure and travel
novel. His hero, the 17 year-old son of a German wine merchant from
Mainz, sees his future in the USA and emigrates on the spur of the
moment to Boston. There, his immense talents are confronted with all
types of activities and challenges – and it seems like he is just
walking from one adventure to the next. But he proves himself up to all
these challenges, even if he only escapes death by the skin of his teeth
on some occasions. As he goes along, the knowledge of wine-growing and
trade that he gathered in his early youth also proves extremely useful.
More decisive for the success of his adventurous life however, is the
young hero’s ability to take destiny into his own hands, and to not shy
away from taking a risk, when it comes to standing his ground.
Travels and Adventures of Simon Brown.
angusi expert translations (www.angusi.de)
- in english -
The English version of
Adventures of Simon Brown.
A German abroad. Volume 2.
Verlag 28 Eichen, Barnstorf 2017. 276 p. 19,00 €.
15,5 x 22, 470 g. Softcover
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What has happened
up until now
Balthasar Braun, born on the 27th of May 1812 in Mainz, Germany, is
the third child of winery owner Balthasar Braun and his wife
Josephine-Christine from London. Along with his siblings, Christoph
and Josephine, he is tutored privately by the Belgian teacher Rudolf
Vonecken, a man with very modern and open views for the time. Simon
accompanies his father on a business trip to London when he is
twelve. Over a number of weeks he becomes deeply engrossed in the
world of wines and spirits at his grandfather Simon Hill’s shop. On
one of his tours around London he meets an Indian girl called Marala.
She is the same age as Simon and she shows him around her city. When
he returns home to the banks of the Rhine, Simon gets to know the
mysterious Dutchman Jan ter Bruggen, an experienced around-the-world
sailor who has settled on a small vineyard nearby. Over the years,
his friendship with the Dutchman awakens in Simon an unbridled
curiosity for the big wide world. But in the end it is a letter from
Marala that causes him to travel to London and to subsequently
emigrate to America. During their reunion he falls in love with the
young woman; alas though, she has been promised to another man by
her parents. Marala has to obey, so Simon boards a sailing ship
called the ‘Whitecap’ and leaves for Boston. During the crossing, he
meets the banker Alastair Rowley and his young wife Lindsay, who
invite him to stay at their house in America. From here on he calls
himself Simon Brown. He completes his studies at Harvard and makes
new friends. Unfortunately, he keeps having run-ins with Alexander
Rickleby, a shipyard owner lacking in scruples. When Rickleby
resolves to eliminate Simon, the young man has no choice but to take
flight. At the last moment he succeeds in getting aboard a merchant
ship called the ‘Norfolk’ that is about to set sail for China.