The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey
"At the time of his death, Patrick O'Brian had begun to write a novel to follow on from Blue at the Mizzen, the twentieth book in the famous and much-loved series of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novels." "The chapters left on O'Brian's death are presented here both in printed version and a facsimilie of his manuscript, which goes several pages beyond the end of the typescript and includes marginal notes by O'Brian." "The story picks up from the end of Blue at the Mizzen when Jack Aubrey receives the news, in Chile, of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to the South Africa station. This new novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of O'Brian's death, would have been a chronicle of that mission, and much else besides." "As the novel opens, we are able to visit these friends we have followed so very far in a rare state of almost perfect felicity. Jack has seen his illegitimate son ably discharging important duties. Sophie and his daughters are with him; Brigid is with her father, she's thriving, and Stephen is with a woman who is very dear to him. Jack, at last, is flying a rear-admiral's flag aboard a ship of the line." "And so this great 'roman fleuve' comes to an end with Jack sailing through fair, sweet days; Stephen with his dissections and new love; Killick muttering darkly over the toasted cheese...Of course, we would rather have had the whole story; instead we have this proof that O'Brian's powers of observation, his humor and his understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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