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The Hornblower Companion (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order companion)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  170 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This book is a beautifully illustrated companion to Hornblower's fictional career describing and illustrating all the main incidents in the ten novels. C S Forester's Hornblower novels have been avidly read for over two generations and are as popular today as when they were first published. They recount stirring adventures in the Royal Navy during the era of the Napoleonic...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 31st 2003 by Greenhill Books (first published 1964)
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Reni
Not quite as in-depth as I would have liked it to be, but it's still good to have!

It's not a must-have, but every kind of fan will probably be able to get something out of reading it. The maps are quite useful for orientation if you ever got confused about the geography of Hornblower's exploits (as can happen. It never bothered me while reading the novels, but it's certainly fun to re-read some parts of the action with a map!)

The personal notes provide mostly insight on the writing process, les...more
Lizzy
This is a must read for all Hornblower fans! The maps alone are invaluable, and the notes about how Hornblower was written was very entertaining. It is interesting that the author did not write the series in chronological order so the experience I had reading the books wasn't the intended experience of the author. I found ti very useful to read this book while reading the series for reference. It aided in my understanding and allowed me to become more immersed in the world. This is unfortunately...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I've been a fan of C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series since pointed to them as a teen by a classmate. They're wonderful yarns about the days of sail focusing on a character akin to Horatio Nelson and the inspiration for Captain Kirk of Star Trek, Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe, Weber's Honor Harrington and more. So I think this should be in every fans collection--particularly those interested in the writing process. In it Forester gives you a peak at such things as the reason Lieutenant Hornb...more
Paul
It was interesting to read of the writing process and technique from the author prior to reading the books it refers to. I wonder whether it will add to my enjoyment / understanding of the books?
Misanthropist
Actually, I'm only reading "The Point and the Edge", a short story included in this volume. But I don't own this book and I only have a digital version of the above mentioned short story. :(
Curtiss
The essential resource for fans of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series, with maps, accompanying the author's narrative describing how each story came to be written.
Megan
The Hornblower companion;: An atlas and personal commentary on the writing of the Hornblower saga, by C. S Forester (1974)
William Bultez
Great book to guide you in Hornblower's travels.
Grace Best-Page
This is money well-spent for any Hornblower fan.
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Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded t...more
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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #1) Lieutenant Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #2) Beat to Quarters (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #6) Hornblower and the Hotspur (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #3) The African Queen

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