The Unknown Shore
From the inimitable brilliance of O’Brian comes the tale of an ill-fated ship on Anson’s expedition around the world and the ensuing adventures of her survivors...
After being parted from her squadron in the fearful storms off Cape Horn, the Wager struggles on alone up the ironbound coast of Chile, before she is driven onto rocks and sinks. The survivors include Jack Byron, a midshipman, and his eccentric protégé Toby, an alarmingly naive surgeon’s mate, whose vagaries afford endless diversion on the hard and dramatic journey to come.
Faced with a surplus of rum, a disappearing stock of food, and a hard, detested captain, the survivors soon descend into trouble of every kind, including drunkenness, mutiny and bloodshed.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Algybama - LibraryThing
The narration hardly ever cracks - a pretty astounding thing, given how drawn-out the descriptions can be. The dialogue's formatting is really masterful, but I didn't appreciate the lazy and often ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sonofcarc - LibraryThing
Indispensable to Aubrey/Maturin fans as the first draft of the characters. The problem with the book is that it adheres strictly to the historical facts of the wreck of the Wager, which were so unremittingly miserable as to wear out long before the end any pleasure in reading about them. Read full review