The Commodore (Aubrey-Maturin Series #17) by Patrick O'Brian, O'Brian
The seventeenth novel in the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series of naval tales, which the New York Times Book Review has described as "the best historical novels ever written." Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous: his little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa Oakes. Much of The Commodore takes place on land, in sitting rooms and in drafty castles, but the roar of the great guns is never far from our hearing. Aubrey and Maturin are sent on a bizarre decoy mission to the fever-ridden lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea to suppress the slave trade. But their ultimate destination is Ireland, where the French are mounting an invasion that will test Aubrey's seamanship and Maturin's resourcefulness as a secret intelligence agent. The subtle interweaving of these disparate themes is an achievement of pure storytelling by one of our greatest living novelists.
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.
I fell in love with his writing straightaway, at first with Master and Commander. It wasn’t primarily the Nelson and Napoleonic period, more the human relationships. …And of course having characters isolated in the middle of the goddamn sea gives more scope. …It’s about friendship, camaraderie. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin always remind me a bit of Mick and me.
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If you loved Aubrey-Maturin 1-16, you will love this one also. It continues the career paths of the men, and like the others, instead of being an action historical matter it delves deeply into the characters themselves and the times, and develops many side stories that make the entire series the most enjoyable fiction series I have ever read.
Als im Frühjahr 1814 der Frieden zwischen Briten und Franzosen in greifbarer Nähe rückt, steht
Kommodore Jack Aubrey plötzlich ohne Kommando da – als gelber Admiral, ausgebootet und kaltgestellt, trotz seiner Erfolge in den stürmischen Gewässern vor Brest. Doch noch ...
The relationship [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is about the best thing afloat....For Conradian power of description
and sheer excitement there is nothing in naval fiction to beat the stern chase as the outgunned Leopard staggers through mountain waves in icy latitudes ...
The inspiration for the major new motion picture starring Russell Crowe.The war of 1812 continues,
and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc ...
Nachdem Captain Jack Aubrey seine Brigg Sophie verloren hat, gerät seine Karriere bei der britischen
Marine in gefährliches Fahrwasser. Denn nicht nur seine Neider versuchen, ihn durch Intrigen in eine Flaute zu manövrieren, auch sein Prisenagent betrügt ihn um die ...
A marvellously full-flavoured, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like
a three-decker over a ship's longboat.Times Literary SupplementCaptain Jack Aubrey, R. N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command ...
Zunächst scheint die 28-Kanonen-Fregatte Surprise damit beschäftigt, den amerikanischen Freibeuter Franklin zu jagen. Doch das
ist im Grunde nur Tarnung, und nicht vielen Kapitänen in der Royal Navy wäre gelungen, was Lucky Jack Aubrey auf seiner 28-Kanonen-Fregatte gelingt: Obwohl die ...
Während die Franzosen ihre Vorherrschaft im Indischen Ozean mit Hilfe ihrer Hauptstützpunkte auf La Réunion
und Mauritius noch weiter auszubauen versuchen, fehlen den Briten die Schiffe um die Seewege für ihren Ostindienhandel ausreichend zu beschützen. Da auch eine unbegrenzte Blockade ...
William Hammond's award winning series carries on the tradition of Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester.
It is the only nautical fiction series that offers the American perspective during the Age of Fighting Sail. How Dark the Night continues the seafaring ...