The Far Side Of The World Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for Cape Horn, determined to intercept an American frigate before it can wreak havoc on the British whaling trade. As always, he is accompanied by intelligence operative Stephen Maturin, and as always, Aubrey has no idea of what his companion is up to. Another impeccably written adventure, by the end of which you should be able to identify a mizzen topsail in your sleep.
'…full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein… Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.' James Hamilton- Paterson
'You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O'Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.' Kevin Myers, Irish Times
'In a highly competitive field it goes straight to the top. A real first-rater.' Mary Renault
'I never enjoyed a novel about the sea more. It is not only that the author describes the handling of a ship of 1800 with an accuracy that is as comprehensible as it is detailed, a remarkable feat in itself. Mr O'Brian's three chief characters are drawn with no less depth of sympathy than the vessels he describes, a rare achievement save in the greatest writers of this genre. It deserves the widest readership.' Irish TimesSee all Product Description
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They are very satisfying adventures with the added pleasures of social, medical and natural history .
O'Brian writes in the style of the period with lashings of quaint and obscure language which I enjoy. The average standard dictionary is not up to the task so I need online resources. The main characters are well drawn with many quirky characteristics. Dialogue is brilliantly rendered and often very amusing. Before reading these books, I had categorised them as ripping yarns , but they are also works of prodigious research and scholarship and despite the numerous digressions from the main action I've been eager to keep reading on to the end of the series. I'm writing as a land lubber. The pleasure of these books must be even greater for those who know the sea well.
Beware though as these are seriously addictive and I have bought and read each and everyone of the series and have read them in order.
Forget Hornblower, he is good but these are brilliant! Also don't be put off by Russel Crowe and "Master and Comander" the movie, which was an odd mash up of two of the books. Being an addict I enjoyed the film as well!
Killick's combination of surliness and devotion to Captain Aubrey have a universal echo and mirror perfectly the lower end of my relationship with my own job: damnably unhappy sometimes about the conditions in which I carry out my duties but unable, unwilling to do anything else.
Without Preserved Killick, the Surprise is missing something important. Without him the far side of the world, to which the ship is heading, seems more remote still.
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I just bought this paperback Harper Perennial edition and fully expect to enjoy it as much as other titles in this outstanding series. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Scythia