The sand pebbles was a critical and commercial success. Richard mckenna author richard mckenna was born in idaho in 19. Why every sailor should read richard mckenna the diplomat. The distributed proofreaders canada ebook of the sand pebbles. The sand pebbles, published in 1962, takes place in 1920s china, the protagonist an enlisted career sailor on a u. The sand pebbles by richard mckenna, from project gutenberg. Read the sand pebbles by richard mckenna available from rakuten kobo. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the sand pebbles rosettabooks into film. He was best known for his historical novel, the sand pebbles which tells the story of an american sailor serving aboard a gunboat on the chinese yangtze river in 1926. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app.
Recommended reading as part of the chief of naval operations professional reading program. Picture offers lesson on foreign ventures by bosley crowther it is likely that audiences seeing the film robert wise has made from richard mckenna s popular novel, the sand pebbles, will not see it simply as a tale of the involvement of a united states navy gunboat on the yangtze river in china in 1926. Richard mckenna was born and raised in the small desert town of mountain home, idaho. The plot revolves around a newcomer to the boat, machinists mate. The sand pebbles is a lengthy but engaging mix of romance, historical epic, political commentary, and adventure. The sand pebbles is an interesting and entertaining novel set in china circa 1925. The film features steve mcqueen, richard attenborough, richard crenna, candice bergen, mako, simon oakland, larry gates, and marayat andriane. It is a riviting tale about the chinese revolution, imperialism, missionaries, duty, honor and sacrifice. It was the winner of the 1963 harper prize for fiction. Jun 01, 2000 the sand pebbles is an historical fiction which portrays events and characters in chinas 1926 uprising. If the book is under in your country, do not download or redistribute this file. He was best known for his historical novel, the sand pebbles which tells the story of an american sailor serving aboard a gunboat on the chinese yangtze river in 1925.
He joined the us navy in 1931 to help support his mother and younger brothers and spent over twenty years in the navy, serving for a while in china on a gunboat that patrolled the yangtze river. In 1931, at the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the united states navy and served for ten years in asia. The sand pebbles is a 1962 novel by richard mckenna, who translated his 22 years of navy experience into an extraordinary book that touches on almost every aspect of world you can think of. This book is his best known work and was later made into a feature film in 1966. The sand pebbles, by richard mckenna, harper and row, 1962, book of the month club, first edition mckenna, who died about a year after publication of the sand pebbles, used his own experience on a naval gunboat as the basis for this novel about the crew of an antique u. During his time in the navy he served on the uss gold star ag12, uss asheville pg21, uss edsall dd219, uss luzon pg47, uss mount vernon ap22, uss wakefield ap21, uss washington bb56, uss wisconsin bb64 and uss van valkenburgh dd686. The sand pebbles set in china on the eve of revolution, the book tells the story of an old u. It is the first novel by a man who actually served on a u. The sand pebbles was made into a 1966 movie that starred steve mcqueen. Jul 01, 2000 buy the paperback book sand pebbles by richard mckenna at indigo.
Navy gunboat, the san pablo, and her dedicated crew of sand pebbles on patrol in the far reaches of the yangtze river to show the flag and protect. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the sand pebbles. Richard mckenna books list of books by author richard. The sand pebbles bluejacket books 9781557504463 by mckenna, richard and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. If you search for the sand pebbles on international movie data base, you will find the movie categorized under adventure, drama, romance.
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Naval engineer gets assigned to a gunboat on a rescue mission in wartorn china. Armc001, the sand pebbles, 1962, 389, 1243k, ebook, download pdf. Jul 01, 2010 the sand pebbles ebook written by richard mckenna. Open library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Richard milton mckenna may 9, 19 november 1, 1964 was an american sailor and novelist. China is governed by feuding warlords, and its foreign trade is dominated by foreign treaty powers including the usa, japan, and the leading european nations, all of which maintain strong naval and marine forces in china to maintain their positions and protect foreign persons and property. Richard mckenna was an american sailor and author born and raised in our hometown of mountain home, idaho. Recommended reading as part of the chief of naval operations pro.
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The winner of the coveted harper prize, it was on the new york times bestseller list for seven months and was made into a popular motion picture that continues to be shown on television today. Richard mckenna was born in 19 in mountain home, idaho. Originally published in the britannica book of the year. The sand pebbles ebook by richard mckenna rakuten kobo.
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I think richard mckenna gives a very fair look at history and i cannot see mckennas account of these events as revisionist in any way whatsoever. The critically acclaimed new york timesbestseller and the basis for the academy award and golden globenominated film. The sand pebbles by richard mckenna nook book ebook. Richard mckennas descriptions of the naval river gunboat san pablo and its engine room recall melvilles extensive detailing of the pequod. Ebook download the sand pebbles richard mckenna pdf free. Mckenna, a former asiatic fleet sailor, describes life in the river gunboats of the 1920s with an accuracy and authenticity. Jul 01, 2010 richard mckenna was born in idaho in 19. The book was initially serialized in the saturday evening post, and in january. They were all needs and wants and wishes and the only real trade they had was going to bed. The sand pebbles by mckenna richard, used abebooks.
Navy in 1931 to help support his mother and younger brothers and spent over twenty years in the navy, serving for a while in china on a gunboat that patrolled the yangtze river. The sand pebbles navy general library program downloadable. Aug 20, 2019 this nowclassic novel by richard mckenna enjoyed great critical acclaim and commercial success when it was first published in 1962. The sand pebbles by richard mckenna and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Mckenna was familiar with these events which transpired in the oldnavy china station, because he served some ten years after the events. Many of his works were published posthumously, although he did publish many sf works in the pulp magazines.
Ebook download the sand pebbles richard mckenna pdf online here. The winner of the coveted harper prize, it was on the new york times bestseller list for seven months and was made into a popular motion picture that. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. But to us, at richard mckenna charter high, he is much more than just a. The sand pebbles quotes showing 110 of 10 a sailor without his own ship was like a hermit crab without a shell. The movie, which was adapted from a novel by richard mckenna, features stunning visuals. The sand pebbles is one of my favorite movies and i always wanted to read the book. In 1966 it was used as the storyline for a movie of. With steve mcqueen, richard attenborough, richard crenna, candice bergen. The main character is jake holman and he is the engineer of a navy steamer called the san pablo. Two of those years were on a yangtze river gunboat. Farren told about the red dogs stroke of wit against the pea johns and he had to explain it before the limeys could laugh.
Robert anderson adapted the screenplay from the 1962 novel of the same name by richard mckenna. I think richard mckenna gives a very fair look at history and i cannot see mckenna s account of these events as revisionist in any way whatsoever. Richard mckenna as a spirit of nationalism inspired by chiang kaisheks leadership begins to sweep through china, the river gunship san pablo is ordered to patrol the region and to protect u. The sand pebbles is the story of a small ship, on a small river deep in the heart of china. In 1962, he published the sand pebbles, a hugely successful novel which later became a file starring steve mcqueen. This book is the story of that crew as a whole, and every man, from the captain to the lowest coolie is drawn in detail with sympathy and understanding, though special emphasis is given one man who will be. See all books authored by richard mckenna, including the sand pebbles, and isaac asimov presents the great sf stories 22. Foss science stories pebbles, sand, and silt grade 12 by lawrence hall of science and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The sand pebbles very likely no novel ever has devoted more prose to a ships engines than does the sand pebbles. The warrior and the woman pdf book download online. The students say buddha came to china on a white horse and christ came on a cannonball. The woodcock s, nickname was timber dick, and the sailors were timber dicks, and in any main river port the timber dicks and sand pebbles always stood together. The sand pebbles rosettabooks into film kindle edition by mckenna, richard. Mckenna, richard richard milton 191964 date of first publication.
Based upon a novel by firsttime novelist, richard mckenna, the importance of the sand pebbles in contributing to popular history cannot be understated. Set in china on the eve of revolution, the book tells the story of an old u. The crew are called after the ship the sand pebbles. The sand pebbles by richard mckenna gives a detailed look at the life of a navy sailor in china during the rise of chinese nationalism and independence prior to world war ii.258 1430 307 951 409 698 1022 790 1614 79 1545 1368 744 1058 808 692 464 924 848 6 1596 1304 1074 607 46 1592 273 1022 323 829 43 554 1153 487 901 445 758