by R. M. Ballantyne
This is a story about a North Sea fisherman from Yarmouth. He marries a wonderful woman who he loves dearly. After a few years he turns to drink, but after his ship sinks and he nearly dies he reassess his life and returns home sober.
The language in this story is a bit difficult if you're not familiar with ships, but skipping over those parts you still get the gist of the story. The speech of the characters is also a little difficult to understand since it was written in the mid to late 1800s and seemed to be spelled phonetically (noo instead of new).
The story was a little predictable, and it seemed a bit rushed. This could probably have been told as a novel or novella length story where the characters were really developed so you could feel for Nellie, Jim's wife, and for King, the stand-in ship hand.
I give this a 7/10. I loved the way it was written as well as the story itself, but Ballantyne could have expanded a bit more with it.