Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin, #1)
An attractive movie-tie-in jacket for the release of the motion picture Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World starring Russell Crowe: "The best sea story I have ever read."--Sir Francis ChichesterThis, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship... show more
An attractive movie-tie-in jacket for the release of the motion picture Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World starring Russell Crowe: "The best sea story I have ever read."--Sir Francis ChichesterThis, 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 are faultless 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. It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of HMS Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.
Publish date: October 17th 2003
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 459
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Series: Aubrey & Maturin (#1)
I enjoyed this first in the famous series about Aubrey and Maturin but not as much as I expected. Based on the many reviews of people I respect, I thought I would fall in love with this series. It is truly in my sweet spot in terms of books I love, but for some reason, I found it more difficult to...
The Basics Jack Aubrey has just recently gotten his first command aboard the Sophie, and as luck would have it, he also just met Dr. Stephen Maturin, a perfect fit for ship’s surgeon. Adventure ensues but so do some difficulties. Jack isn’t good at playing the social game that is required of offic...
I've read the entire series and loved each and every one. No one better captures the sea and the age. And what a wonderful pairing of characters, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. I wish they would hurry up and fade from memory so I could start the series all over again.
Several of my friends are big fans of the Aubrey/Maturin series of naval adventures set in the Age of Sail that starts with this book. The series was the inspiration for the popular fantasy novels by Naomi Novik (and on a more literary note, according to the Wiki, they've been an inspiration for Iri...