Dawn's Reviews > A Ship of the Line

A Ship of the Line by C.S. Forester
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Sep 29, 2014

liked it
bookshelves: naval-fiction, historical-fiction, read-2012
Read from June 26 to July 02, 2012

It is May 1810 and Hornblower is attempting to outfit his ship, the 74 gun Sutherland, with enough provisions and sailors before he leaves for the Mediterranean. On the way he provides protection for a merchant convoy and when he arrives he goes on land to take on the French. A battle between Hornblower and four french ships ends in disaster.

I love Hornblowers professional life, his determination to be silent and mysterious and his tactical genius but his personal life is just annoying. His obsession with Lady Barbara and the guilt over Maria is more information than I need. I do like the fact that he is a flawed character but wish that less time was spent on it in the story.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read A Ship of the Line.
Sign In »

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Jeanne (new) - added it

Jeanne I agree, but I think it does well to balance him more as a "real" person, and not a fictional character.

back to top