The Far Side of the World (Aubrey & Maturin #10)
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
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.
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 un...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
Once Again Sir O'Brian does not feel the need to over elaborate every encounter on the sea, however the ending of this book really deserved a better treatment than it did. Without spoiling, there should have been some form of explanation why things worked out like they did.
Another criticism I have for this episode is how the last act really could have been...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
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'She is the Surprise,' said Stephen, and he whispered, 'The joyful Surprise, God and Mary be with her.”