Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels

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A handsomely bound omnibus edition of Patrick O'Brian's seafaring classics, including three chapters of the unfinished twenty-first novel.
The recent release of the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World has focused even more attention on the publishing phenomenon of the late Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels about the Royal Navy in the age of Nelson. These five volumes, beautifully produced and boxed, contain over 7,000 pages of what has often been described...
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Overview

A handsomely bound omnibus edition of Patrick O'Brian's seafaring classics, including three chapters of the unfinished twenty-first novel.
The recent release of the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World has focused even more attention on the publishing phenomenon of the late Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels about the Royal Navy in the age of Nelson. These five volumes, beautifully produced and boxed, contain over 7,000 pages of what has often been described as a single, continuous narrative. They are a perfect tribute to such a literary achievement, and a perfect gift for the serious O'Brian enthusiast.
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Norton packs all of O'Brian's great seafaring novels into one set, creating a continuous narrative, then offers (in print and facsimile) the first three chapters of the book left unfinished upon O'Brian's death. Eager readers can join Aubrey on his final voyage: a mission to South Africa. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393060119
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Series: Aubrey-Maturin Series
  • Edition description: SLIPCASE
  • Pages: 6980
  • Sales rank: 655,566
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 5.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

Biography

In addition to the twenty volumes of the highly-respected Aubrey/Maturin series, Patrick O'Brian's many novels include Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore. O'Brian has also written acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and has translated many works from the French, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle. Born in 1914, he passed away in January 2000.

Patrick O'Brian was one of the great authors of the twentieth century, whose novels were often compared by critics to the work of Jane Austen and even Homer. A writer of breathtaking erudition, Mr. O'Brian evoked in complete and dazzling detail an entire world -- that of the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. In addition to formidable scholarship, Mr. O'Brian brought to his work keen psychological insights, a sharp wit, and fast-paced, heart-stopping action.

In a cover story in The New York Times Book Review published on January 6, 1991, nine years to the day before Mr. O'Brian's death, Richard Snow wrote that Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin naval adventure novels are "the best historical novels ever written. On every page Mr. O'Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don't, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives." In a Washington Post article published August 2, 1992, Ken Ringle wrote, "The Aubrey/Maturin series far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart."

W.W. Norton & Company began publishing Patrick O'Brian's books in 1990. The previous year, Norton's editor-in-chief, Starling Lawrence, had read The Reverse of the Medal on a trans-Atlantic flight, fallen hard for the series, and had become convinced that Norton ought to publish Mr. O'Brian's works in the U.S. Norton decided to publish each new book in hardcover as it was completed and to bring out the earlier books in the series in paperback until they had caught up. The first season, Norton published The Letter of Marque (# 12) in hardcover and Master and Commander (# 1) and Post Captain (# 2) in paperback. Most recently, Norton published Blue at the Mizzen (# 20) in hardcover in 1999 and in paperback in 2000. At present, Norton has all of the books in the series available in uniform hardcover and paperback editions.

In addition to the twenty books in the Aubrey/Maturin series, Norton has published a short story collection (The Rendezvous and Other Stories) and three of Mr. O'Brian's other novels: Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore. O'Brian has also written acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and has translated many works from the French, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle. In April of 2000, Norton published Caesar: The Life Story of a Panda-Leopard, his very first book, begun when he was just twelve, and Hussein: An Entertainment, written when he was about twenty years old. Both of these books had long been out of print.

Starting in the early 1990s, Mr. O'Brian achieved, at long last, the critical and popular recognition that was his due. All of his new books published since 1993 have appeared on national bestseller charts, and his books have sold well over three million copies in the U.S. alone.

Mr. O'Brian once said, "Obviously, I have lived very much out of the world: I know little of present-day Dublin or London or Paris, even less of post-modernity, post-structuralism, hard rock or rap, and I cannot write with much conviction about the contemporary scene." [Patrick O'Brian: Critical Essays and a Bibliography, edited by Arthur Cunningham]. In fact, Mr. O'Brian often seemed to have walked out of another era, and in his interactions with his publisher, he displayed a level of courtesy and civility rarely seen in our times.

Author biography courtesy of W.W. Norton & Company.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Patrick Russ
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 12, 1914
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire
    1. Date of Death:
      January 2, 2000
    2. Place of Death:
      Dublin, Ireland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Misprints!!

    The novels themselves are wonderful, as described by the other reviewers. I knew I wanted to own the complete set after listening to the first two books on audio. However, I am quite a bit disappointed with this 'Complete...' set. I've read through 80% of HMS Suprise (the third book) and have found more than a handfull of misprints (extaneous or missing quotation marks, 'w' instead of 'v', are some examples). I expect much better for something I'm spending $100 on.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Disappointing Edition

    I was looking forward to having a complete boxed set of the Aubrey/Maturin novels in hardback. In the event I was very much disappointed by the quality of the hard covers. They are hardly more substantial than paperback editions. A ship spoiled for a ha'p'orth of tar, as Jack would almost certainly have commented to Dr. Maturin!!! Cries of 'Shame' and 'Bring back the Cat'.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    Amazing work by a Literary Genius

    Like Holmes and Watson, Aubrey and Maturin join the highest peaks in the pantheon of great literary pairings and their creator is a rare gem of genius. I'm currently making my way through graduate school for literature and history, genius is a word that I would use lightly but O'Brian certainly fits the definition. Every night I read a chapter (just to make it last that much longer) for my dose of adventure and laughter. The jargon can get a bit confusing but I find the companion books are an excellent resource to turn to when things get a bit muddled. Though, as someone who comes from a long line of Navy men since time out of mind, I understood more than I thought I would. O'Brian's imagery is beautiful; you can feel the wind on your face, taste the salt on your tongue, and hear Aubrey and Maturin sawing away long past the last dog watch. And that is the way I like to remember Mr. O'Brian's world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2005

    O'Brian is the Master!

    I got into these novels after seeing the movie, and got hooked. Being one that hates to leave a story unfinished, I decided to buy the full set in one swoop. I raced through the first volume in a week. O'Brian skillfully combines heart-pumping naval action with the intertwined lives of two fascinating characters. Aubrey is every man's hero, flawed, but impossible not to love. Maturin is his conscience, and better half, and his role only grows larger as the novels progress. If you like naval action, history, or just darn good story-telling, this set is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    In a world of the undead, zombies vampires and company, this ser

    In a world of the undead, zombies vampires and company, this series is a breath of fresh sea-air, leaving us lubbers gasping in awe and utter delight. O'Brian inundates the reader with a baptism of language that requires one to sink or swim. Being terrified of water in any quantity beyond a kiddie pool, this reader at least has been given the perfect medium by which to not only conquer this fear but to feel akin to the non-swimming able-bodied seamen aboard the many and many vessels afloat in Lord Nelson's day. But that is simply scratching at the surface of the author's incredible, incredible knowledge of such a vast array of subjects. He taught me how to make counterfeit wine, that cheap jewelry was once called pinchbeck and that shipyards were hotbeds of corruption. There is so much covered with such effortless ease that the reader has no choice but to submit to the onslaught of necessary information to reach the end of each book. In the meantime, keep an older copy of  the Oxford Dictionary and a glass of capital Madiera close at hand. I raise a solemn toast and wish you joy of your upcoming voyage, three times three and thumping the table. And three cheers for O'Brian, long may his pennant fly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    A wonderful escape, to equatorial heat or arctic cold, exotic animals and plenty of action. Even some romance. An adventure version of Jane Austin.

    After checking the series out of the library 5 or so times, until I recognized the smears on the pages, I finally used my Christmas money and bought the series. Now I can go exploring with Maturin and sailing with Aubry. For the second reading, I bought an atlas, then later a book of nautical terms, and books about the British Navy. I'll have to get a good book about natural history soon, so I can see Maturin's discoveries.<BR/> It's a wonderful escape, without feeling you've wasted your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    Simply Stunning

    O'Brian Is a master Like Alexander Kent and C.S Forester all i can say is 'Clap Clap' as a reader of alot of naval fiction i rate this Close to the top.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    Once Past the Jargon, It's Smooth Sailing

    I'm a retired Marine, retired teacher of English/social studies, and pursuer of great adventures through reading. But, Ahoy! Let's talk about Jack Aubrey: He's the Jack Armstrong of the British Navy, flawed though he is, and brave as a fool! Mr. O'Brian has lovingly crafted these best of all maritime tales of life in the Royal Navy in a most, I think realistic manner. The jargon sometimes nailed me, but, without the jargon (once --and if -- you get it into context, all is copesaetic!) the stories would seem less plausible for the times in which they happen. (Wish each book contained a glossary of archiac nautical terms and jargon, though.) Still, for those who want to go to sea -- as a seaman or a Marine -- Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin make the finest of shipmates. Semper fi, Jack of the hoarse Marines

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