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by Patrick O'Brian


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Praise for the Aubrey/Maturin Series and Patrick O’Brian

“The best historical novels ever written.”
—Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review

“I love these books.… [They offer] the same sense of lived experience as Hilary Mantel.… They will sweep you away and return you delighted, increased and stunned. If the phrase ‘Napoleonic war fiction’ fills you with anticipation, then you don’t need me to convince you to read [Patrick] O’Brian. But for the rest of you.… [P]lease, just trust me.”
—Nicola Griffith, NPR

“A few books work their way… onto [bestseller] lists by genuine, lasting excellence—witness The Lord of the Rings, or Patrick O’Brian’s sea stories.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin

“Like John LeCarré, [O’Brian] has erased the boundary separating a debased genre from ‘serious’ fiction. O’Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best we have.”
—Mark Horowitz, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[Patrick O’Brian has] the power of bringing near to the reader… savagery and tenderness, beauty and mystery and boldness and dignity.”
—Eudora Welty

“O’Brian’s eloquent admirers include not merely distinguished critics and reviewers but… thousands upon thousands of fervent readers who thank the gods for him.… [H]is work accomplishes nobly the three grand purposes of art: to entertain, to edify, and to awe.”
—Stephen Becker, Paris Review

“For escapist reading, I especially like the sea novels of Patrick O’Brian.”
—Bill Bryson

“O’Brian’s narrative… provides endlessly varying shocks and surprises—comic, grim, farcical and tragic. An essential of the truly gripping book for the narrative addict is the creation of a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit, and O’Brian does this with prodigal specificity and generosity.”
—A. S. Byatt

“I prefer the Aubrey-Maturin series to all others.… Every book is packed to absolute straining with erudition, wit, history, and thunderous action.”
—Joe Hill

“All of the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian [is on my shelves].”
—Mindy Kaling, New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393541595
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/11/2021
Series: Aubrey-Maturin Series , #2
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 570,480
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

One of our greatest contemporary novelists, Patrick O’Brian is the author of the twenty volumes of the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series, as well as many other books, including Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, The Unknown Shore, and biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso.

Date of Birth:

December 12, 1914

Date of Death:

January 2, 2000

Place of Birth:

Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire

Place of Death:

Dublin, Ireland


Shebbear College, Devon

What People are Saying About This

Keith Richards

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.

Iris Murdoch and John Bayley

Aubrey and Maturin compose one of those complex and fascinating pairs of characters which have inspired thrilling stories of all kinds since the Iliad.

George Will

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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