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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester
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Jul 30, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historic-novel

Finally reading this story I understand why they have had such appeal. This is really a series of short stories each with a moral set amidst a well crafted action adventure. HH has doubts, real problems and exaggerated hesitancies but in the press of need he finds the adrenaline rush both addictive and feeing so he can rise to the moment. The pressure releases him from his own tendency to second guess. Acting during the emergency he tends to rapid risky actions that frequently work well enough because they are based in his real abilities and constant focus on proving himself good enough. The moral is usually tied to his return to normalcy when he notes where his action was insufficient, it cost the crew's lives or equipment. Then he returns to his doubts and internal debates concerning his duty, and ability. However these this do not clutter the story with lengthy paragraphs of angst. They are just the background of a scenes setting for the action to play in counter point. Well balanced and believable short stories result.


n chronological order:

1. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
2. Lieutenant Hornblower
3. Hornblower and the Hotspur
4. Hornblower and the Crisis
5. Hornblower and the Atropos
6. The Happy Return
7. A Ship of the Line
8. Flying Colours
9. The Commodore
10. Lord Hornblower
11. Hornblower in the West Indies
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