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Master and Commander

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ISBN13: 9780393325171
ISBN10: 0393325172
Condition: Standard
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Staff Pick

Imagine Jane Austen wrote nautical fiction. That gives you a feel for the first several volumes in the series. Patrick O'Brian isn't writing about the beginning of the 19th century; he's writing as if he's in the 19th century. Wonderful characters, gripping stories. Indulge in all 20 volumes.
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Publisher Comments:

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultless rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle. It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of , an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.

Review:

"Even for a reader not especially interested in matters nautical, the author's easy command of the philosophical, political, sensual and social temper of the times flavors a rich entertainment." Martin Levin, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Some of you...have never read a Patrick O'Brian novel. I beseech you to start now. Start with Master and Commander, which should be available in paperback from your nearest bookseller. And if he — or she — does not have a copy, then beat the wretched fellow." Kevin Myers, Irish Times

Review:

"They're funny, they're exciting, they're informative. There are legions of us who gladly ship out time and time again under Captain Aubrey." The New Yorker

Review:

"It has been said that this series is some of the finest historical fiction of our time....Aubrey and Maturin have been described as better than Holmes and Watson, the equal of Quixote and Panza....And the marvel is, it hardly says enough." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"You're in for a wonderful voyage." People

Review:

"One does not get many pages into the Aubrey-Maturin sequence before falling under the spell of O'Brian's prose, which is...elegantly paced, quietly witty." Katherine A. Powers, Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian." Time

Synopsis:

Now a major motion picture starring Russell Crowe, directed by Peter Weir (Witness, The Truman Show).

It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of HMS Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.

Synopsis:

Now available in an attractive movie-tie-in jacket for the release of the motion picture Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World starring Russell Crowe.

Synopsis:

An attractive movie-tie-in jacket for the release of the motion picture starring Russell Crowe: "The best sea story I have ever read."--Sir Francis Chichester

Synopsis:

"The best sea story I have ever read."--Sir Francis Chichester

About the Author

In addition to twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series, Patrick O'Brian's many books include Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore. O'Brian also wrote acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and translated many works from the French, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Lacouture's biographies of Charles de Gaulle. He passed away in January 2000 at the age of 85.

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Craig Ensz, August 22, 2010 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
Adventure, history, courage, leadership and plenty of action. An excellent portrayal and account of the British Navy during the Napoleonic Era. The book is better than the movie.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393325171
Author:
O'Brian, Patrick
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Sea & Ocean
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Aubrey, Jack
Subject:
Maturin, Stephen
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Great Britain History, Naval 19th century.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Nautical Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Movie Tie-in Edition
Series:
Movie Tie-in Editions
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
October 14, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 in 0.99 lb

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Product details 464 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393325171 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Imagine Jane Austen wrote nautical fiction. That gives you a feel for the first several volumes in the series. Patrick O'Brian isn't writing about the beginning of the 19th century; he's writing as if he's in the 19th century. Wonderful characters, gripping stories. Indulge in all 20 volumes.

"Review" by , "Even for a reader not especially interested in matters nautical, the author's easy command of the philosophical, political, sensual and social temper of the times flavors a rich entertainment."
"Review" by , "Some of you...have never read a Patrick O'Brian novel. I beseech you to start now. Start with Master and Commander, which should be available in paperback from your nearest bookseller. And if he — or she — does not have a copy, then beat the wretched fellow."
"Review" by , "They're funny, they're exciting, they're informative. There are legions of us who gladly ship out time and time again under Captain Aubrey."
"Review" by , "It has been said that this series is some of the finest historical fiction of our time....Aubrey and Maturin have been described as better than Holmes and Watson, the equal of Quixote and Panza....And the marvel is, it hardly says enough."
"Review" by , "You're in for a wonderful voyage."
"Review" by , "One does not get many pages into the Aubrey-Maturin sequence before falling under the spell of O'Brian's prose, which is...elegantly paced, quietly witty."
"Review" by , "If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian."
"Synopsis" by , Now a major motion picture starring Russell Crowe, directed by Peter Weir (Witness, The Truman Show).

It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of HMS Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.

"Synopsis" by , Now available in an attractive movie-tie-in jacket for the release of the motion picture Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World starring Russell Crowe.
"Synopsis" by , An attractive movie-tie-in jacket for the release of the motion picture starring Russell Crowe: "The best sea story I have ever read."--Sir Francis Chichester
"Synopsis" by , "The best sea story I have ever read."--Sir Francis Chichester
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