Master and Commander

Master and Commander

Book - 1990
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Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin form a friendship in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy is described.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1990
Copyright Date: ©1970
ISBN: 9780393325171
Branch Call Number: FIC OBRIAN 1990
Characteristics: 459 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Master & commander


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Dec 01, 2019

The movie is better.

Hillsboro_ChrisK Oct 16, 2018

Starts a bit slowly, but it picks up and by the end you'll be hooked for the whole 20-book series.

Jan 12, 2018

Just can't get through it. Aubrey has almost no sympathetic qualities. I hope that the French mock him, the Dutch fleece him, the Spanish thumbscrew him, and the Brits throw him in Newgate.

Jun 06, 2017

The opening salvo of the Aubrey-Maturin epic, in which the surgeon introduces himself to the captain by driving an elbow into his ribs during a chamber-music recital. Fortunately for millions of readers, the two quickly make up. Then they commence one of the great literary voyages of our century, set against an immaculately-detailed backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. This is the place to start--and in all likelihood, you won't be able to stop.

May 08, 2017

The Aubrey-Maturin novels of Patrick O'Brian begin with Master and Commander (the series is loosely represented in the movie version starring Russell Crowe), and follow the exploits of Royal Navy captain, "Lucky" Jack Aubrey and his particular friend, a surgeon, naturalist and spy, Stephen Maturin, as the Napoleonic Wars threaten Britain and her allies. Filled with intrigue and couched in prose Jane Austen could have written, they are meticulously researched and filled with dry humor and exciting battles. Some people I know have complained that O'Brian spends too much time explaining the trim of the sails, but it's easy to overlook this flaw for such wonderful storytelling. This first story details the first meeting and voyage of Aubrey and Maturin and a bold sea battle as Aubrey's smaller, outgunned ship, Sophie, takes on a foe much larger than herself, and Aubrey narrowly escapes court-martial. For those who enjoy it, there are 20 other books in the cannon, as well as Harbors and High Seas, a geographical companion to the series, and Lobscouse and Spotted Dog, a gastronomical companion, written by fans. Highly recommend!

Dec 02, 2016

An enjoyable very fun book. I would highly recommend this book (and possibly the series) anytime you are looking for something new to read. But let me qualify and get myself into tons of trouble with the female persuasion. This is a mans book, not that it contains debauchery, sex, brutality, or the like. In fact it is the complete opposite. The long and short of it, this is a story about being a man, one's honor and integrity, truth, regard and protection for all, etc. Captain Aubrey, in light of his short comings, would be a very fair model ant young man would not be lacking in inspiration and role modeling.

The premise of the story takes place during the Napoleonic war. Capt. Aubrey has his first command on small vessel and along with his new friend, Ships Surgeon Maturin, who together battle the challenges of the sea, the enemy, the politics and traditions of the British navy, as well as discipling and maintaining a crew.

Three are a lot of nautical terms that at times get a little complicated, but as a whole, a very well written book. The characters are real, believable, and engaging. The story line and plot is also engaging, adventurous, real. There were times I could almost feel the cold sea spray in my face.

I would put this book as far as story telling along the lines of "Tom Sawyer" or an adult level of the "Hardy Boys". Self reliance, manhood, honesty and integrity, are fully intertwined throughout the whole story. A lot of meat and sound principles the reader can be inspired by.

I am not sure if I will ever get around to reading the whole series of 15 books, but I do know that when I am looking for something to read, this series offers a very good filler for the interim.

May 27, 2016

This is a wonderfully warm book to read. Just get through the initial avalanche of naval terms and I promise it's a funny, fascinating, and touching story.

Jul 23, 2012

When you first read this novel, you may be put off by the navel termonology. Don't let that stop you. I have read the entire series four times. It's trully amazing how OBrian can transport the reader into a believable world of 19th century sealife. But what's more, is the way he draws you into the personal lives of the complex charectors and uses a fine wit to make the stories even more entertaining. An absolute must for any history lover.

Jun 27, 2012

One of the best contemporary authors in the English language, God bless the old gentleman.

May 09, 2012

This is more like a time machine portal- an entry to a world that teems with vivid characters, exciting exploits and beauty. The entire series is over 6,000 pages long-but I was ready to begin again when I finished it the first time. A true epic, I would go so far as to say this is one of best books/series ever written. Nothing but superlatives can describe it.

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Jul 22, 2013

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