The Yellow Admiral (Aubrey & Maturin #18)
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But that's just my take on it. I should read it again one of these days.
I really enjoyed the dynamics between both of these guys and their wiv ...more
In The Yellow Admiral, Jack and Stephen spend more time on land than usual. And although they always find life on land to be a bit overwhelming, our frien ...more
However, this one picked up about halfway-2/3 through with that old O'Brian magic.
For the first time since I passed "the Meridian" of the series, I've wanted to tear into the next one- especially as this is the "Summer of Waterloo".
So, my interest is renewed. I'm not looking at the next one as a chore...and to be honest, I'm starting to get a little sad that the end is nigh...
Don't get me wrong; I still LOVE it. Like O'Brian it seems, I would rather hang out with Aubrey and Maturin than not; even so, disappointingly the novel has none of those gripping moments which characterize the earl ...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
Sometimes a series of books is so consistently good it's hard to keep any objectivity about how good it is. The Yellow Admiral is good in the way that all of the other Aubrey/Maturin novels are: it's full of sharp language, centered on a good relationship, and immersed in period detail that seems lived rather than researched.
Both Stephen and Jack spend considerable time ashore in this book, with Stephen in great danger from the Spanish, due to his intelligence work, and Jack trying to keep home and hearth together when a legal judgment involving a prize capture, goes against him, once again putting him in dire financial straits. Most of Stephen's fortun ...more
I'm less than enthusiastic about it, mostly because it's not as action oriented, and it shows that Aubrey, a genius at sea, is all thumbs when he is ashore.
To be honest, it was sort of a downer, but it ends well.
Don't avoid this book, as it plays a role in the series
Triggers: violence is pretty much the only one, with some recreationa ...more
The action of The Yellow Admiral takes p ...more
Early in The Yellow Admiral, Maturin and Sir Joseph have a lengthy conversation about events between the end of the previous book and the start of this one. This is followed soon after by a long, long conversation between Stephen and Jack about inclosing common land throughout England. Ah, I thought. How I have missed extended scenes of domestic life at home in England, after so many long sea voyages. I thought to myself, Some readers probably don't even have the patience for a long conversation...more
Jack is opposed t ...more
2nd Recorded Reading: February 2007
This is the eighteenth book (two more to go) in the historical series of novels about the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, featuring Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin. I first read this book inAugust 2001, and again in February 2007; I am thoroughly enjoying my re-reading of the series once again, and regret the nearness of the last book in the series.
As the novel begins, it is late 1813 or very early 1814. Havin ...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
This would ideally be read by someone who's read the seventeen previous instalments. You wouldn't have any difficulty following what's going on, but I think the author is playing to his regular audience here. Action scenes that once would have been played out in extraordinary detail are here often compressed or skipped entirely, I imagine because regular readers of the series have seen it all before, or because the author had written it all befor ...more
Nineteenth in the series: The Hundred Days
Like the early novels, much of the book takes place on land, so there is considerable attention paid to political and domestic affairs at home, some sad, but all insightful and historically revealing. Once at sea, he ...more
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Afferrò la mano di Stephen, fissandolo con infinita benevolenza. «È scritta benissimo anche, una mano così delicata!» Si guardò intorno in uno stato di frastornata felicità, poi estrasse il violino dalla custodia, il violino rimasto a lungo in ozio, e si lanciò in un virtuosismo straordinario, interrotto dal fischietto del nostromo quando il comandante Fanshawe fu accolto a bordo.”