- Copertina flessibile: 288 pagine
- Editore: Harper; 40th Anniversary ed. edizione (10 giugno 1997)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0006499643
- ISBN-13: 978-0006499640
- Peso di spedizione: 240 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 221.159 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
The Yellow Admiral (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 10 giu 1997
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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 Meyers, Irish Times
'In a highly competitive field it goes straight to the top. A real first-rater.' Mary Renault
'I never enjoyed a novel about the sea more. It is not only that the author describes the handling of a ship of 1800 with an accuracy that is as comprehensible as it is detailed, a remarkable feat in itself. Mr O'Brian's three chief characters are drawn with no less sympathy that the vessels he describes, a rare achievement save in the greatest of writers of this genre. It deserves the widest readership.' Irish Times
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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The novel begins with a rather through summary of preceding novels in the series, through various second-hand accounts. So, a reader new to the series could start with "The Yellow Admiral" and not be too confused. Caveat, once you've read any book in the series, you're hooked. So, if you are thinking about reading "The Yellow Admiral", do it right. Start with Book 1, "Master and Commander"
The action begins at with Jack on temporary leave at his estate at Woolcombe, England, to attend to his Parlimentary duties. Jack is very much opposed to the enclosures of the commons in general and specifically of "Simmon's Lea". As "Lord of the Manor", he is in a position to essentially veto the effort, and does. We learn a great deal about the subject, the effect on "small holders" and the politics. Jack's opposition to the enclosure, other political positions he has hold in Parliament, and unpopularity in some parts of the Royal Navy threaten his naval career if peace with France breaks out.
Jack is ordered to sea to join a rather uneventful blockade of Brest, France. During which his wife Sophie learns of an affair Jack had with an American woman.
When the blockade ends, with the capture of Napoleon, facing the fact that he will almost certainly be "yellowed", i.e., be promoted to admiral but never given a command, Jack opts to temporarily resign his commission in order to accept a private commission surveying the coasts of Chile, and organizing a Chilean navy. The agreement is accepted by "the powers that be", with the proviso that Jack can be called back into service with the Royal Navy at any time.
So, Jack and Stephen set sale on the former "HMS Surprise"-now privately owned by Stephen--for Chile. At Madeira, he receives orders to take command of all Royal Navy ships at Madeira to blockade the Straits of Gibralter.
Although lacking the wonderful action sequences of pitched naval battles, "The Yellow Admiral" is extraordinarily rich and vibrant. In addition to the politics of the time, and vivid details of nautical life, the state of medicine (and surgery) are brilliantly illuminated.
Not for the action junky, and maybe not the ideal introduction to the series. But for fans of the series, another superb installment.
I have lost track of how many times I have read the entire series start to finish--somewhere between six and ten times, and I look forward to re-reading the series again and again.
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