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A. E. W. Mason (1865–1948)

Autor(a) de The Four Feathers

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Image credit: From "The War Illustrated" (1915)


Obras por A. E. W. Mason

The Four Feathers (1902) 744 exemplares
At the Villa Rose (1910) 165 exemplares
The House of the Arrow (1924) 92 exemplares
The Prisoner in the Opal (1928) 65 exemplares
The Witness for the Defense (1913) 46 exemplares
The Four Corners of the World (2009) 40 exemplares
Fire Over England (1936) 32 exemplares
The House in Lordship Lane (1946) 29 exemplares
They Wouldn't Be Chessmen (1935) 23 exemplares
The Three Gentlemen (1932) 23 exemplares
The Broken Road (1937) 22 exemplares
The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel (1917) 21 exemplares
Clementina (1901) 20 exemplares
Running Water (1930) 19 exemplares
The life of Francis Drake (1941) 17 exemplares
Fire Over England [1937 film] (2016) — Original story; Original author — 17 exemplares
Konigsmark (1938) 16 exemplares
Parson Kelly (1899) 15 exemplares
Miranda of the Balcony (1911) 15 exemplares
The Watchers (2009) 14 exemplares
The Turnstile (1912) 14 exemplares
No Other Tiger (1996) 14 exemplares
The Truants (1904) 13 exemplares
The Summons (2011) 12 exemplares
Musk and Amber (2001) 11 exemplares
The Philanderers (2007) 10 exemplares
A Romance of Wastdale (2012) 9 exemplares
The Drum (1970) 9 exemplares
The Four Feathers [1978 film] (2002) — Book — 6 exemplares
Green Stockings (1910) (1914) 6 exemplares
Lawrence Clavering (2012) 6 exemplares
The Dean's Elbow (2009) 6 exemplares
The Winding Stair (1969) 6 exemplares
The Sapphire (1941) 5 exemplares
Dilemmas (2019) 5 exemplares
The Ginger King (1940) 3 exemplares
The Fort of Terror 3 exemplares
Relato africano 2 exemplares
CRIMEN EN LONDRES. (1959) 1 exemplar
Peiffer 1 exemplar
Człowiek tygrys 1 exemplar
The Right Thing 1 exemplar
The Last Salute 1 exemplar
The Conjurer 1 exemplar
The Guide 1 exemplar
The Great Monopoly 1 exemplar
El hombre de las ruedas (1958) 1 exemplar
Un hombre decidido 1 exemplar
Los desertores 1 exemplar
Ensign Knightly 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Crime Stories from the Strand (1991) — Contribuidor — 227 exemplares
The Four Feathers [2002 film] (2003) — Original story — 129 exemplares
Adventure Stories from the Strand (1995) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
The Four Feathers [1939 film] (1939) — Original story — 51 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Three famous murder novels (1941) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
The Queen's Book of the Red Cross (1939) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Great Tales of Detection (1936) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery (1937) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Ten Tales of Detection (1967) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Best Secret Service Stories (1960) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
My Best Thriller (1947) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Detective-verhalen — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
The Drum [1938 film] — Original book — 3 exemplares
Storm Over the Nile [1955 film] — Original book — 2 exemplares
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



The pacing of the novel is compelling at the start, but eventually suffers under the tiresome minutiae of who knows what and when about the titular feathers. There's a completely wasted opportunity in the character of Mrs. Adair, whom Mason ultimately treats rather unfairly. Ethne is frustratingly myopic and doesn't behave quite as nobly as the narrator would have us believe. Finally, I'm generally not a fan of the trope in which the hero's triumph comes at the expense of a perfectly decent secondary character. We're supposed to gather that the provincial Ethne and the intrepid Durrance would have made an incompatible pair, but the closing image of the blind, solitary figure on the ship brings no sense of satisfaction. The adventure episodes alone make this a worthy reading experience.… (mais)
BeauxArts79 | 22 outras críticas | Jan 10, 2024 |
I picked up this Kindle book back in 2012 when I first discovered the wonders of public domain ebooks & Project Gutenberg based on positive memories of the 1939 film adaptation (which can be seen here: https://archive.org/details/TheFourFeathers1939).

Thus I read this already knowing the basic plot but found that the book, slightly different in mood & details from the film, was a little less exciting adventure but much realistic. In particular, Ethne & Durrance were different and the relationships between Harry, Ethne & Durrance were more tragic. I am glad I finally got around to reading this classic!… (mais)
leslie.98 | 22 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
Harry Faversham, uno de los soldados británicos de más impecable reputación, no puede menos que sentirse consternado al recibir, a finales de 1882, cuatro plumas blancas (ofensivo e inequívoco símbolo de cobardía), por haber decidido no acompañar a su regimiento en una arriesgada campaña en Sudán, para permanecer en Londres junto a su prometida. Sin embargo, no le faltará ocasión para demostrar su valentía y su profundo sentido de la amistad, cuando sus compañeros son víctimas de un devastador ataque de los rebeldes sudaneses.… (mais)
Natt90 | 22 outras críticas | Nov 4, 2022 |
Harry Feversham, a British military officer, is facing traveling to Egypt to fight an uprising of the dervishes. He is also looking forward to marrying his fiance Ehne. He has feared that when faced with danger in war, he would run from the fight and be declared a coward. Rather than go to Egypt and risk this, he resigns his commission and plans to marry and stay in England. Three of his fellow officers send him white feathers, a symbol of cowardice and when he shows them to Ehne, she gives him one too. Hence the title.

His father disowns him and the marriage is over forcing Harry to reconsider his future. He promises himself that he will force the four who gave him the feathers to take the feathers back when he shows he is not a coward.

The films based on this novel have predominately been set in Egypt while the novel takes place mostly in England with the action in Egypt being described by the soldiers when they are back to England. The 1939 production of this novel is one of my favourite adventure films.
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lamour | 22 outras críticas | Aug 2, 2022 |



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