21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey : Including Facsimile of the Manuscript
Blue at the Mizzen (novel #20) ended with Jack Aubrey getting 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. The next novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of the author's death, would have been the chronicle of that mission, and much else besides. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk at the time of his death are presented here both in printed version-including his corrections to the typescript-and a facsimile of his manuscript, which goes several pages beyond the end of the typescript to include a duel between Stephen Maturin and an impertinent officer who is courting his fiancée.
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.
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21 by Patrick OBrianUser Review - oldesalte - Overstock.com
This unfortunately was the final partly written volume of the 20+ Master and Commander book about Admiral Lucky Jack Aubrey R.N. and his unique companion Dr. Stphen Maturin. May they continue to sail the high seas of our imaginations forever! Read full review
21: the final unfinished voyage of Jack Aubrey: including facsimile of the manuscriptUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
O'Brian swore that Blue at the Mizzen would be his last book, but after his death in 2000, three chapters of what would have been the 21st novel in his great Aubrey/ Maturin maritime series were found ... Read full review