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Clarissa Oakes: Aubrey/Maturin series, book 15 [Kindle Edition]

Patrick O'Brian
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‘What is so gripping about O’Brian’s novels is the completeness with which he invents a world which is our own and not our own… O’Brian is a brilliant observer.’
A.S. Byatt, Evening Standard

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Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the fifteenth book in the series.

All the elements that have made Patrick O’Brian’s astonishing series one of the most highly praised works in contemporary fiction are here in Clarissa Oakes – the narrative grip, the impeccable ear for dialogue, the humour and the unsurpassed capacity to create and recreate a rich and true friendship between two men in the late eighteenth-century.

Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime’s experience he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking. They know, as he does not, that the Surprise has a stranger aboard: and what they, for their part, do not know is that the stranger is potentially as dangerous as a light in the powder magazine itself.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1572 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (19 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FH2TD8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick O'Brian, until his death in 2000, was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He is the author of many other books including Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime's contribution to literature. In the same year he was awarded the CBE. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. He lived for many years in South West France and he died in Dublin in January 2000.

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By Kenny
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"Some critics have referred to the Aubrey/Maturin books as one long novel united not only by their historical setting but also by the central plot element of the Aubrey/Maturin friendship. Having read these fine books over a period of several years, I decided to evaluate their cumulative integrity by reading them consecutively in order of publication over a period of a few weeks. This turned out to be a rewarding enterprise. For readers unfamiliar with these books, they describe the experiences of a Royal Navy officer and his close friend and traveling companion, a naval surgeon. The experiences cover a broad swath of the Napoleonic Wars and virtually the whole globe.
Rereading all the books confirmed that O'Brian is a superb writer and that his ability to evoke the past is outstanding. O'Brian has numerous gifts as a writer. He is the master of the long, careful description, and the short, telling episode. His ability to construct ingenious but creditable plots is first-rate, probably because he based much of the action of his books on actual events. For example, some of the episodes of Jack Aubrey's career are based on the life of the famous frigate captain, Lord Cochrane. O'Brian excels also in his depiction of characters. His ability to develop psychologically creditable characters through a combination of dialogue, comments by other characters, and description is tremendous. O'Brien's interest in psychology went well beyond normal character development, some books contain excellent case studies of anxiety, depression, and mania.
Reading O'Brien gives vivid view of the early 19th century. The historian Bernard Bailyn, writing of colonial America, stated once that the 18th century world was not only pre-industrial but also pre-humanitarian (paraphrase).
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5.0 out of 5 stars peerless composition 8 April 2014
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Once I have read Patrick o Brian's works, I shall continue to read and 're read his works , as I could not bear not to be enveloped in this fascinating brilliantly written world created by him
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Good copy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarissa Oakes 6 Jun 2014
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Another book that I have yet to read yet. Has been added to my collection which is gradually growing bigger
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patrick O'Brian's Clarissa Oakes 3 May 2014
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I have enjoyed all of Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey series and am working my way through all the books . Anyone who enjoys a good sea yarn will enjoy this,
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5.0 out of 5 stars The master storyteller on top form 20 April 2014
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Few writers have given me as much pure pleasure as Patrick O'Brian. The world he creates so vividly, the characters who inhabit it and the stories themselves are an unfailing treat; so much so that I ration myself because I dread reaching the end of the series. Maybe when I do 'll start over. Clarissa Oakes is more character-driven than most. It deals in a series of colourful incidents rather than a dominating central narrative. I couldn't recommend it more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Feb 2014
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It takes concentration to keep up but is well worth the effort overall a very good read as are all of his books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictve 22 Oct 2013
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Like marmite it is love or hate!
Better than even Hornblower but beware. Read one and you'll be hooked. I am an addict and have read them all.
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