PIRATE JUNK by Clifford Johnson


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Grand reading, and might capture the public imagination and go over with a bang, for it has many of the qualities that make Mutiny on the Bounty universally popular, and that helped put Brazilian Adventure on the best seller lists. Peter Fleming, by the way, has written a seductive introduction....Clifford Johnson was one of the four officers taken off the Nanchang at the mouth of the Liao Ho River, and held prisoner for five months on a pirate junk. Using anything that came to hand, cigarette papers, scraps acquired in various ways, the diary was kept from March 29 to September 7, 1933, and an absorbing and exciting record it is. Clothes and personal property had been seized by their captors, sleep and food were almost nil, cleanliness an impossibility, escape guarded against by relentless captors who insulted and threatened them at every turn. Since very little of the information got into the newspapers, this is virtually all ""news"" and should be sure fire for all men readers and adventure-loving women.

Pub Date: July 13th, 1934
Publisher: Scribner