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Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    Hornblower Completes the Evolution of His Personal Morality!

    One of the great rewards of reading all of the Hornblower novels is that C.S. Forester does quite a nice job of developing Hornblower¿s character and his personal ethics over the decades covered in the books. While young, Hornblower toes the line and is impeccable about appearances. Gradually, he begins to focus on doing justice instead, even if that means violating the rules. Eventually, he violates his own standards on occasion and learns to live with that. By the time readers arrive at Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, his personal standards are all that matter to him. In particular, you will enjoy comparing how he handled the duel in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower with the fifth section of this book. Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies is a series of five novellas that cover three chronological years at the end of Hornblower¿s naval career. His title is now ¿Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower¿ and he has quite a small squadron which is mostly engaged in stopping pirates and the recently outlawed slave trade in the West Indies. Each story involves some apparently impossible problem, which Hornblower or someone close to him solves. The first story involves trying to stop an American ship, while the two nations are at peace, with a smaller, slower vessel. The second story addresses a fast slave ship in neutral waters that Hornblower wants to capture. The third tale touches on Hornblower becoming embroiled in the problems of an escaped pirate crew. The fourth entry looks into trying to remain neutral during the wars of liberation in South America. The final story is an adventure tale involving Lady Barbara and Hornblower and considers the problems of a marine who refuses orders to play his music the way it is written. Part of the appeal of this book is that it shows the messy way that the challenges of life often evolve. So, what¿s the best thing to do? It¿s hard to tell, and circumstances are often different from what they seem. Even though taking action may have long-term negative consequences for oneself, what is the right thing to do? That¿s the focus here. What opportunities did you have today to do the right thing? How did you do? Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise

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    Posted May 29, 2013

    Sam

    Like it pip? Is this accually one of ur favs?

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    Posted May 30, 2013

    Fatry

    How log msta i pray, how long must i pray for you.

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