I was assigned to do a book report in fourth grade and I foolishly selected this book. A difficult read for a little sprout, I remember that. Nostalgically I think I enjoyed it, but at the time it was a nightmare.
Shiny, because of all the coal residue and blubber on the inside? It may not have the odour of the high seas, I hope it at least has that old-book smell. Like, really old. It looks like it came from the Library of Alexandria. : )
Oh God why? There is so much NON-action in this book. Worst punishment as an English major, reading this book.