The Far Side of the World (Aubrey & Maturin #10)
The flow of language will at times rock you asleep and other times you will be buffeted about by a crash of words mightily massed and moving perpetually forward.
But mostly The Far Side of the World is a book for those who are already embroiled in the saga of Jack and Stephen, two unlikely friends bound together in a noble cause, ...more
-Plots! So many plots. Almost too many plots.
This book is just over four hundred pa ...more
As always, a stellar reading by Simon Vance.
In the volume I have there is an essay on Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels by Charlton Heston. Of course it is an admirer's perspective but it is a good e ...more
The plot of the book differs, of cours ...more
The character of Hollom was another of these "same, but different" elements - in the film, he is a wholly sympathetic character but in the ...more
First, it took too long to get into the actual story, or action. That is typical, as even I (i.e., not a “fast and furious” sort of fan) found the entire novel too slow. There is a lot more droll humor than in the movie version, but there was also a huge amount of technical nautical terminology, which ...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
Foi começar e não parar mais...
Lembro de quando assisti o filme. Estava no colégio ainda e fui vê-lo no cinema com minha turma de amigos. Naquela época eu já gostava de batalhas e explosões e saí da sessão quase vibrando e pulando de tão emp ...more
I'm afraid while listening to this I was comparing it to the movie in my head. Perhaps this was why I was disappointed.
I hope the next one is a bit better.
This time, Aubrey's beloved Surprise, apparently headed for the boneyard, is instead drafted to try to cut off an American war ship before it turns the Cape of Good Horn to prey on English whalers. Through doldrums and storms, he comes up short, which takes the chase into the So ...more
The piéce de résistance however is Jack's rescue of Stephen as he falls out the stern windows while collecting specimens, and their encounter with a ship crewed by Polynesian amazons! Endless surprises...
Capt. Aubrey struck me as a very uninteresting chracter. And as an amateur naturailst, I was really offended by the portrayal of Maturin ...more
Ah, to dip into the Aubrey/Maturin story again--the evening musical improvisations, the toasted cheese, the morning pot of coffee from Killick... It's halfway through the series now, and the characters, settings, and plot devices are like comfortable old friends. The Far Side of the World is one of my favorite volumes so far. It's possible that Patrick O'Brian by this point was feeling that the series didn't have much time left--as he points out in his introduction, he is running out of days lef...more
This one is very much a middle book, mostly ship action, with some excruciatingly funny conversations, and some very, very dark stuff.
Jack and Stephen are back on the Joyful Surprise, chasing all through the seas. In this book, there is not as much of an emotional roller coaster for Jack, as Stephen's situation builds inexorably, trading off with some good ship action, and a very surprising segment with some fierce islander women.
There is a ...more
In fact, I do like this series very much. I've been reading it now at a rate of about five books a year, more or less, and if I continue on that pace, I should have at lea ...more
Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for Cape Horn, determined to intercept an American frigate before it can wreak havoc on the British whaling trade. As always, he is accompanied by intelligence operative Stephen Maturin, and as always, Aubrey has no idea of what his companion is up to. Another impeccably written adventure, by the end of which you should be able to identify a mizzen topsail in your sleep.Review
'...full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein....more
Beware all readers who are looking for the literary counterpart to the Russel Crowe movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World . While the books share the same title, the same premise (Napoleonic-era British ship HMS Surprise goes after an enemy that is attacking British whalers in the South Pacific) and many, but not all, of the same characters, they are in no way the same story.
Patrick O'Brian's attention to historical detail is almost u ...more
H.M.S. Surprise, the Surprises, Jack Aubrey, and Stephen Maturin depart Gibraltar on a long voyage to pursue the American frigate Norfolk as it is intent upon harassing and capturing British whaling ships in the southern Atlantic and Pacific ...more
Set in the ...more