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The Rendezvous and Other Stories

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Patrick O'Brian has emerged, in the opinion of many, as one of the greatest novelists now writing in English. His fame rests mainly on the achievement of the epic Aubrey/Maturin novels, but few readers know that O'Brian first made his reputation as a writer of short fiction. Collected here for the first time are twenty-seven stories that O'Brian wishes to preserve: stories ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 17th 1994 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1994)
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Vasha7
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These twenty-seven stories were selected from previous collections between 1950 and 1974. Right from the start they're wonderfully written, in a beautiful but not overly-ornate style. Almost every one glories in descriptions of natural settings; quite a few are hunting and fishing tales (that was a bit unexpected to me) and others take place out-of-doors for other reasons.

In the majority of these stories, O'Brian's main focus is on searching, subtle moral analysis of single characters and their
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Chris Moon
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been rereading everything by O'Brian. He is not only the best novelist of the 20th Century, along with O'Connor he may be the best short story writer as well."Samphire," is worth the purchase price of the book.
Kathy
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Quotable:
Marriage iceberg. Somewhere he had read that seven-eighths of an iceberg is always submerged and that it is only the remaining eighth that one sees; and this he meant to liken to marriage, the visible berg corresponding to the squabbles and superficial disharmony and the vast unseen majority serving as a figure for the profound unity and deep affection that must always subsist.
Kent
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Ran across this at the library and picked it up, having noticed the first story was about a fly-fisherman.

I thought at first these would be Buchan-like stories about sport--fishing, hunting, mountain-climbing, etc. There are some resemblances, but on the whole O'Brian is more modern, annoyingly psychological, and a good bit less pleasant. I don't know if I'll bother finishing them.
Melissa
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite what the Goodreads listing says, this is not one of the Aubrey/Maturin novels, but a collection of mostly stark stories set in the contemporary world.
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Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).

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