Movie Tie-In Editions: Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian (2003, Paperback, Movie Tie-In)
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- SynopsisIt is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to command of H.M.S. Sophie?, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny ?Sophie? is hopelessly outmatched.,The beginning to the sweeping Aubrey/Maturin series and inspiration for the major new motion picture starring Russell Crowe. "The best sea story I have ever read."-Sir Francis Chichester,This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultless rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle. It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of HMS Sophie , an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.
- AuthorPatrick O'Brian
- Number Of Pages464 pages
- Edition DescriptionMovie Tie-In
- SeriesMovie Tie-In Editions
- Publication Date2003-10-17
- PublisherNorton & Company, Incorporated, W. W.
- Copyright Date1970
- Weight15.9 Oz
- Height0.9 In.
- Width5.5 In.
- Length8.2 In.
- Dewey Decimal823.9/14
- Dewey Edition21
- Reviews"A world of enchanting fictional surfaces.","If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian.","If there were seventeen more novels, I'd start today.","O'Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best that we have.","One does not get many pages into the Aubrey-Maturin sequence before falling under the spell of O'Brian's prose, which is... elegantly paced, quietly witty.","Patrick O'Brian can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time.","Taken as a whole, the Aubrey-Maturin novels are by a long shot the best things of their kind... they are uniquely excellent.","The best historical novels ever written.","You're in for a wonderful voyage.",I haven't read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O'Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn't stop.
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- seequestJan 14, 2016by
Great historical novel
The exciting sea battles are historically accurate...taken from actual ship's logs and truth is stranger than fiction. It's so compelling I'm going to read the entire series.
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- jackd4310Jul 31, 2010by
The beginning of an exciting saga.
Having read C.S. Forester's "Hornblower" series, Dudley Pope's "Ramage", Alexander Kent's "Bolitho" and currently following Julian Stockwin's "Kydd" series, I have quite a few examples to which I can draw comparisons. I made the mistake of first picking up one the later books in this series, and was overwhelmed with O'Brain's style, and put the book down after the first one hundred pages, or so. I am glad I gave him another read by picking up and reading "Master and Commander", the first book in the "Jack Aubrey" series. One of the other reviewers here described his writings as a cross between Forester, and Jane Austen, to which I concur. Possibly, he dwells on too much introspection of the two main characters with three to four pages devoted to Dr. Maurtin's writings in his diary.
That said, O'Brian created my favorite character in this genre. Once I was able to accustom myself to, and stick with O'Brian's cadence/prose, I have come think that maybe, in these earlier novels, at least, O'Brian was the best!Read full review
- bsquared18Apr 06, 2008by
Immerse Yourself in 19th Century History
I started reading O'Brian's series on Jack Aubrey after seeing the movie "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." If you're not familiar with nineteenth-century British nautical terms and other jargon, then you either have to resign yourself to the fact that you won't always entirely understand what's going on, or find yourself frequently running to the dictionary. Mostly, I chose the former strategy, and it has worked out very well. O'Brian does an excellent job of showing you what life was like in the British Navy and British society of that time. Sometimes the novel reads like Horatio Hornblower, and sometimes like a Jane Austin novel.
- wallenflowerMay 05, 2008by
MASTER AND COMMANDER
I bought the book because I saw and enjoyed the movie. I'll reread a book more often than sitting down and watching a movie more than once.