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Preview — Commodore Hornblower by C.S. Forester
Commodore Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #9)
These thrilling tales of high-seas adventure in the Napoleonic era, which Winston Churchill found "vastly entertaining" and Ernest Hemingway recommended to "every literate I know", are being eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers. Back Bay takes pleasure in reissuing these classic tales in handsome new trade paperback editions.
The Hornblower renaissance is in fu
But there is a price to all this advancement. While the complex politics of a Baltic teetering on the brink are quite ...more
This book catches Hornblower at an interesting time in his life and career--after, seemingly, he's gotten everyt ...more
Hornblower's personal and financial well being are finally settled and he devotes himself fully to the business of war against France. He takes command of a small fleet of ship as a Commodore and has wide latitude to carry out his plans.
In this book we see Hornblower at his military peak and unfettered by the commmands of other men.
This was originally my favorite of the novels when I ...more
The Baltic, a landlocked sea but for the narrow strait between Denmark and Sweden, has no fleet in occupation. There is just one privateer taking prizes, commande ...more
[Note: Individual books have individual star ratings (mostly 5-star, a few 4-star), but the descriptive review will be the same for each, and encompass the entire series, as follows.]
Actually, I just finished reading the complete series for the second time, the first being as a teenager some 30 years ago.
It's remarkable to me that I have only just this moment realized ...more
predecessor to 'Commodore Hornblower' in the series. In that
one, Hornblower actually spends most of his time hiding incognito
in France. There seemed to be much richer description and
development of the emotions inside the man, and it still managed
to be quite an adventurous story.
With this volume, I was initially quite disappointed. It seemed
that Forester had jumped the shark, that he was revisiting tired
old caricatures and worn out phra ...more
I very much enjoyed the sea battles, the clever strategy, the intertwining of real historical events and figures with the fictional Hornblower. A book both excit ...more
Things I liked:
Historical setting made more interested in Napoleonic history.
Hornblowers reflections and horror of war while at the same time engaging in it.
Things I thought could be improved:
Ended too abruptly. Quite a few loose ends.
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All Hornblower books are worth reading, but this is one of the lesser works. There are not many naval complications -- the British fleet is clearly superior to anything else in the Baltic. Where they do come up against another ship, like the lone French ship they isolate and bombard, hard not to feel bad for the enemy.
One odd thing abo ...more
I guess I'll have to re-record them for Golden Hours and this time keep a copy.
I have read and re-read the entire Hornblower series over a dozens times each, three times aloud: once from the upper bunk to my brothe ...more
This book is much more concerned with diplomacy and politics than earlier books, which makes sense considering that instead of being a captain focused on carrying out orders, he's now in a position to give orders--and to fret about that as well. The siege of Riga is well-desc ...more
All tha ...more
My second time with the wonderful The Commodore. This time without the pressure of needing to know how it ends.
I read the book several years ago at university (borrowed it from the library). I don't remember which language the copy was in. German or English? Definitely it was very very old and full of dust. Yet quite charming.
I tend to like Hornblower books and this one is one of the best of ...more
This was a fun book to read. If you liked any of the Hornblower novels/movies you'll like this.
I also found myself looking (more than ever) at maps as I read this. Although the place names listed in the book aren't conventional anymore, google maps had no trouble pointing me to the correct places. (Gotta love google!)
High Energy Action
Fun nautical adventure during the age of sail (Napoleonic Wars)
Highly inconsistent, often jumping from one scene to another without the filling logic.
A couple books end on strange notes leaving you thinking what? And are then not resolved. For example Commodore left me wondering is he tired, does he have plague or what?
As much as I enjoyed this book, this puts me only two books away from the end of the series.
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