The Truelove (Aubrey & Maturin #15)
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Some of my favorite scenes in these books are the dinner parties at sea: the obsessive polishing of silver (Killick's joy); the donning of formal dress no matter how g ...more
For example, instead of peppering back story review over the first few chapters, O'Brian dumps twelve--no twenty--pages of narrative on us in the opening scene of the book, semi-disguised as Aubre ...more
Through it all, I got to see the continuing good relationship between Jack an ...more
I fell in love with the series from the opening scene of Master and Commander, and went on to read all 20 Aubrey-Maturin novels. The characters of Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin were initialized in that opening scene, and grew through the entire series. This is the best historical fiction I have read. In the series, I learned about British, French, Dutch, and Spanish naval operations during the Napoleonic wars. I also first learned of Napoleon's command and espionage structu ...more
If I have to choose one set of books to keep, this is the one. I'm pretty certain I will read them many more times if I live so long. The Truelove is special because of the female character Clarissa Oakes. The nineteenth century Royal Navy was a man's world and most of the yarns involve men. But O'Brian also deve ...more
O'Brian doesn't often have female characters in a large role, but he pulled it off well here with the character of Clarissa Oakes, a prostitute convicted for murder and sent to New South Wales. She is smuggled aboard by one of the officers and the discovery of her presence forces a marriage. Even in her new married state, sexual ...more
I’ve been rereading Patrick O’Brien’s novels in the last few months and a few novels ago (I think it happens around number 12 or 13 in the Aubrey Maturin series) I reached the point at which “novel” stopped actually being a reasonable description of the books. I really enjoy these books, so don’t get the impression that I’m putting them down when I say this. It’s simply that all pretense of being individual, novel length, plots is, by the point, firmly abandoned. The book starts where the previo ...more
Finished the series, 21 books in all . I must say they were really good especially the first ten after that they got a bit repetitive. There is only so much you can take of Maturin describing some exotic animal or a description of how guns are fired. I think he repeated the formula to often. But having said that Patrick O' Brien is a brilliant writer of scenes and battle. Very crisp and informative at the same time. His mastery of history and detail is superb.
I loved reading this series.
The Truelove is a valuable prize and the crew take joy in it. But this vessel does not merit the title of the book. The true Truelove is Clarissa Oakes. She is no true love in the conve ...more
The storyline this time is that Captain Aubrey and the Surprise have been dispatched by the Ro ...more
Book 15 continues to stretch Aubrey and Maturin's voyage into one of their longest yet. This is mostly fine with me, though I do enjoy the return to domestic scenes occasionally. In this case, one of the disappointments is the off-stage nature of Stephen's coming to terms with having a child. He has been so vehemently opposed to children in the past that even though there is some of his wrestling with the implications of becoming a father, I feel slighted that this plot thread has developed most...more
With only one action, coming late in the story, most of the focus was on the individuals and characters of the story instead of tactics and navel warfare.
And, once again, Patrick O'Brian delivers. I see this book filling out many of the secondary characters more so than the primary drivers. We learn a bit more about Martin. We see the gunroom at their worst, and how Jack copes with this br ...more
Some of the Plot:
The book begins with the HMHV Surprise on its way back to England after the completion of the mission it set out on in The Thirteen-Gun Salute and The Nutmeg of Consolation. Jack is unhappy the crew managed to sneak a convicted felon and former crewmate, Padeen Colman, aboard during the ship’s visit to New South ...more
That Patrick O'Brian chose to place his characters on the sea in the not so distant past just raised the hurdle I had to leap to get to know this wonderful author.
I had never been enamored with sea stories, didn't much care for European history, and yet was wonderfully taken with this series. The sea is a major character, but history is not greatly illuminated, almost a backdrop to the specific circumstance the characters find themselves in. Which perhaps reflects t ...more
After leaving New South Wales, Aubrey discovers a girl, Clarissa, that has been stowed away to escape the prison of Australia by a midshipman named Oaks. Though the plot takes us to an island nation where there is a civil war, and though there is some action, the vast majority of the plot surrounds this woman, wh ...more
The main bulk of the novel is devoted to the stow-away and how her presence and attitude affect the crew morale and rela ...more
Loved Stephen's humor. And so much letter writing - fun to see Jack and Stephen both worried about the other being seduced by you-know-who.
Set in the ...more