The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (Aubrey & Maturin #21)
The book reproduces both O'Brian's partial typescript, and his long-hand manuscr...more
The secondary benefit of seeing facsimiles of the author's handwritten drafts, cross-o...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
The pages of O'Brian's 21st Aubrey novel will leave readers hungry for more. Not surprisingly, 21 neither stands alone as a novel nor serves as a concise conclusion to the series. Instead, it sketches out the details of the start of another Aubrey mission. The bulk of the chapters offers set-pieces describing gunnery practice, grog, deck-swabbing, a hernia operation, and a reunion with Papal Nuncio Samuel Mputa. The pages also contain O'Brian's trademark humor and eagle-eyed observations, if cut...more
As a whole, the series was really good. The characters were likable, and the storyline was good. Towards the end of the series, it seemed the author had lost interest in some of the characters and either killed them or dropped them from the series with no explanation. At the same ti...more
It's childish I guess, but it feels like, no matter how good it is, when you get to the end of something, especially when that something is several thousand pages of nautical adventure, it feels dimished somehow. That what felt impossibly huge around the midd...more
With the first...more
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I started the first book in this series in January, and determined to read through them all by the end of the year. (Could have read them all in a much shorter time, of course, but I wanted to draw it out, and make the experience last as long as possible. But, now its over, and I'm not ready...
This last entry in a wonderful series is only three chapters. Less, really, as O'Brian stopped mid-sentence, and died without finishing it. Still, he left us with all our beloved friends seemingly h...more
As I said at the end of "Blue at the Mizzen" I'm very sad to see this series end. But it's been a fantastic series, and the ending, albeit abrupt, is sort of fitting for the entire series as a whole. We know that life continued on, and these sailors, doctors, and family members just kept right on living....more
This whole series is tremendous literature -- it stands head and shoulders above the common run of historical fiction. Highest recommendation.
I didn't want to finish this final piece. O'Brian died in 2000, and there will be no more.
Set in the...more