- Copertina flessibile: 400 pagine
- Editore: Harper; 40th Anniversary ed. edizione (9 febbraio 1996)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 000649918X
- ISBN-13: 978-0006499183
- Peso di spedizione: 299 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 144.973 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
The Mauritius Command (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 9 feb 1996
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‘…full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein… Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.’ James Hamilton- Paterson
‘You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O’Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.’ Kevin Myers, Irish Times
‘Patrick O’Brian has written splendid novels ― of which The Mauritius Command is the latest ― recounting episodes in the lives of the naval officer Jack Aubrey and his friend the saturnine Irish physician, Stephen Maturin… Taken together, the novels are a brilliant achievement. They display staggering erudition on almost all aspects of early nineteenth-century life, with impeccable period detail. [Compared to Bush and Hornblower] Aubrey and Maturin are subtler, richer items; in addition, Patrick O’Brian has a gift for the comic which Forester lacks.’ T.J. Binyon, Times Literary Supplement
‘O’Brian has a monumental knowledge of Naval history of the time. Nothing is glamorised. The press gangings, the floggings, the squalor are all here. But here, too, are heroism and humour.’ Mark Kahn, Sunday Mirror
‘The Mauritius Command is outstanding’
Patrick O’Brian, until his death in 2000, was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey–Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He is the author of many other books including Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime’s contribution to literature. In the same year he was awarded the CBE. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. He lived for many years in South West France and he died in Dublin in January 2000.
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So a few months ago I bought the first book; Master & Commander thinking that I would give it a try and if I liked it I would eventually work my way through the rest of them...I am just finishing this book, book number 4 in the series and I've read them straight through, finish one and immediately start the next. There are twenty books in all in the Aubrey/Maturin series and a book twenty-one that consists of the first three chapters only because Mr. O'Brian passed away whilst writing it. And while there are twenty complete books it's really just one very long book because each book passes seamlessly into the next, which may explain why I've ripped through the first four all in a row!
I think I may stop for a bit after this one because I don't think I can read all twenty in a row and I'm not sure I'd want to because the experience would end much too soon. That being said, I am aware of the luxury of having that option, I can't imagine how frustrating it must have been for O'Brian fans back in the 70's and 80's having to wait for him to write the next volume! In case you haven't caught on yet I am a very big fan of these books! I admit that it does take a while to become accustomed to Mr. O'Brian's writing style, it is very different. And the language, nautical terms also are an acquired taste but, once you've acquired that taste these books incredible. They are without a doubt some of the very best historical fiction I've every read. And as far as nautical historical fiction goes, in my opinion the only other writer in Mr. O'Brian's league is C.S. Forrester.
I have read some nautical historical fiction by contemporary writers, there are several plying their trade today, and they're pretty good, enjoyable and very readable, but none are in the same league as Mr. O'Brian.
If you're a fan of the Russell Crowe movie, or of nautical fiction, or historical fiction of any kind I highly recommend giving the Aubrey/Maturin series a try. Just be ready to put aside any other books you were planning to read for awhile because once you start reading these books it is very difficult to stop.
No longer do we have the so very youthful, deeply flawed but energetically driven Aubrey and Maturin. There seems to me some inconsistency in timeline, age, etc. in the cursory-to-the-point-of-irrelevance intro in which we see the Aubrey the semi-retired and ineffective family man whose wife is ready to get him out of the house.
The rest of the story is in fairly classic style, but a little too focused on reenacting the historical details of an extensive and well-documented naval campaign to the detriment of the highly charged, personal stories like the relationship triangle that led to the dramatic duel in "HMS Surprise."
So, the book is a bit of an oddball when compared to the strong flow of narrative and style in the novels before and after, as if O'Brian just didn't quite know where he was going, but picked it up again in Vol. 5. Don't get me wrong though, it is good, and not to be missed.