The Mauritius Command (Aubrey-Maturin Series #4) by Patrick O'Brian, Tim Pigott-Smith
The 4th installmen tin Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series
Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a commanduntil Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands or Mauritius and LaReunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captainsLord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilletante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.
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.
A. S. Byatt
Gripping and vivid… a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit.
O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
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More than 1 year ago
I own and have read all 20 Aubrey-Maturin books, and rate this the best of them all. It is uncanny that a man hailing from our modern times can so effectively and captivatingly recreate an era passed. Such a fine, intelligent writer to be found in O'Brian. It is quite refreshing to read books that are written with language and eloquence that rivals the classics; a truly rare find since the turn of the 19th certury. As with all great works, it truly embarrasses the motion picture.
More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is the best volume of O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series. Be sure to read volumes 1-3 first, though. This series gets better as you get to know the characters and settings.
More than 1 year ago
Fourth in the Patrick O'Brian series of "Lucky" Jack Aubrey sea going adventures is pure addiction. As I boy I read C.S. Foresters "Hornblower" series. Never thought anyone could do a better job. I am happy to say I was wrong. O'Brian lets the reader feel salt spray in the face, the reader hears the wind in the rigging. I am now on eleventh of the series and looking forward to the next one. Any onewho loves the sea, love a good adventure, who loves the days of "Iron men and wooden ships" This is a must read.
Spithead, 1784. His Majesty's Frigate, Undine, sets sail for India and the seas beyond. Europe
may be at peacebut in colonial waters the promises of statesmen count for little and the bloody struggle for supremacy still goes on.
“The best historical novels ever written.”Richard Snow, New York Times Book ReviewPatrick O’Brian’s twenty-one-volume Aubrey/Maturin
series has delighted generations of devoted fans, inspired a blockbuster film, and sold millions of copies in twenty-four languages. These five omnibus ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
One of the best novelists since Jane Austen....The Hundred Days may be the best installment
yet....I give O'Brian's fans joy of it.Philadelphia InquirerNapoleon, escaped from Elba, pursues his enemies across Europe like a vengeful phoenix. If he can corner the ...
Alan Lewrie is now commander of HMS Jester, an 18-gun sloop. Lewrie sails into Corsica
only to receive astonishing orders: he must lure his archenemy, French commander Guillaume Choundas, into battle and personally strike the malevolent spymaster dead. With Horatio Nelson ...