Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 1990 - Fiction - 411 pages
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The beginning of the sweeping Aubrey-Maturin series. "The best sea story I have ever read."—Sir Francis Chichester

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.
  

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This is good writing. - LibraryThing
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Witty dialogue, intelligent writing, and sailing! - LibraryThing

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User Review  - gopfolk - LibraryThing

I'm just not a fan. I read this book with the idea that this was a classic...what I found was a snooze. While it appears that the author knows his way around a ship I do not nor do I wish to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Proffitt - Goodreads

There's a lot to like about this book--about the whole series--but basically I just love Jack Aubrey. He's a big, hearty, uncomplicated guy who loves his physical pleasures, but he's also a romantic ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
7
Section 3
34
Section 4
83
Section 5
120
Section 6
152
Section 7
163
Section 8
180
Section 11
244
Section 12
277
Section 13
301
Section 14
334
Section 15
343
Section 16
347
Section 17
378
Section 18
389

Section 9
197
Section 10
200

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About the author (1990)

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.

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