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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester
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Apr 25, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: thrice-read-tales, historical-fiction, sea-stories, hornblower, war-stories, books-read-in-2013, 5-star-reads, books-read-in-2015
Read in January, 1975

I've loved these books since the first time I read them and return to them again and again. There's just something so appealing about an unlikely hero who's gawky, tone deaf and has almost no self confidence, yet has a morale code that's so strict that it will not allow him to let others down if it's even humanly possible.

I also like the 6 knots an hour pace that they evoke and the mood that they bring up in me.

This book is different from all of the other hornblower novels in that Forester tried an episodic approach to the chapters so that each could sort of stand alone as a short story. Yet, they do all tie in and it's still the same great storytelling as in the other books in the series.
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