- Hardcover: 136 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (4 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007194692
- ISBN-13: 978-0007194698
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.6 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Final, Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey Hardcover – 4 Oct 2004
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‘Patrick O'Brian has given a farewell to his followers that is as gracious as it is gallant. And we, in turn, may find some solace in the thought that of all people, this man would not have hated to be taken out of action much as Nelson was: deep in triumph, shedding glory on the service he loved, and still at the peak of his powers.’ Richard Snow
'One of the most compelling and brilliant novelists of his time…Beyond his superbly elegant writing, wit and originality, Patrick O'Brian showed an understanding of the nature of a floating world at the mercy of the wind and the sea which has never been surpassed.' MAX HASTINGS, Evening Standard
About the Author
Patrick O’Brian, was until his death in 2000, one of our greatest contemporary novelists and widely regarded as one of the greatest storytellers of the English language. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey–Maturin novels and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He has also written other novels including Testimonies, and many 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. In 2003, his Aubrey novels were taken to the big screen by the film director Peter Weir with the blockbuster and critically acclaimed Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. He died in Dublin in January 2000.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book includes the handwritten manuscript and typescript of 3 chapters of a new Aubrey/Maturin novel Patrick O'Brian left unfinished at his death, plus some pages in reproduced handwriting which were never typed up, which continue the story a little.
The story is sketchy and the chapters shorter than O'Brian usually went in for, strengthening the impression that had he lived he would have added a lot of material and refined a lot of detail. The chief interest perhaps is in seeing the changes that occurred during writing. Also the little marginal notes and bits at the foot of pages "I must speak to the girl about my missing shoes" for example is scrawled at the foot of one page, bringing the living O'Brian close.
Really only for serious O'Brian fans, to whom it holds out a glimpse of what we have lost. For anyone else, I would advise going to Master and Commander and starting at the beginning. And, please, let no one complete it, as has happened to the fragments left by Jane Austen and Charles Dickes for example, to say nothing of the James Bond novels!
There they are, making their jokes as old friends do and trying to sort out land problems while at sea. And there's a promise that something exciting might have happened if only O'Brian had finished the book. But it wasn't to be, and the few personal notes from O'Brian's real life that bleed onto the last few pages make for a poignant end to a great set of adventures. I'm glad I read this. Its lack of completion gives you leave to make up your own fate for the characters.
The style of this book is spot on - as it is for the previous twenty novels of the 'Aubreyad'. O'Brian's grasp of 1800-era spoken language is straight out of Jane Austen; surpassed only by his vivid illustration of the "wooden world" of the Nelsonic Royal Navy.
O'Brian's dedicated description of the minutae of naval life, routine and the tools of the sailor's trade separate him from his peers in historical fiction and elevate his craft to the level of the literary classics.
That there is no naval battle within this fragment of a novel is a perfect illustration of the man's genius. The vivid portrayal of sea battle in previous novels (Sophie-Cacafuego, Surprise-Torgud and Leopard-Waakzamheid to name a few) provides evidence enough that the master of historical fiction was expert at describing the business of combat at sea. But unlike the Hornblower series, for example, O'Brian wrote with such humour and style, that the bits "in between" battles, become rather the point.
I think my favourite section of this title though, was the passage at which Jack's flag is raised aboard his flagship. That moment was one which, were it transmitted to film, would likely be accompanied by an intense flashback, with a fast-paced montage of poignant events - good and bad - from Jack's career and life.
It put a lump in my throat to say goodbye to Jack and Stephen. After twenty one wonderful voyages they seem more like my good friends than merely characters on a page. They are O'Brian's monument, perhaps two of literature's greatest creations, and just like the man himself, they will be missed. We must take solace then, that after so many joyful reads, we leave them sailing off, under white canvas, and bright blue skies, toward their next adventure.
What you get is a series of incomplete story notes. Fascinating reading, maybe, for the genuine fan. Or an interesting read for anyone concerned to understand how the mind of a novelist works. You get, literally, a pen picture of a work-in-hand - facsimile images of his writing and crossing outs, his experiments with plot and character, scribbled images, notes, and an insight into how a novel is put together. Buy it if this is the sort of thing which fascinates you ... but don't imagine it's a complete story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leaves you understanding a smidgeon more of the creative genius of the author.
Scenes evolve into a full narrative. Then no doubt into a complete story.
Not really the final voyage. And not really a novel at all. This takes O'Brian's unfinished drafts, some handwritten, some typed up, and presents what can only be seen as a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony Anderson
My very favourite novelist, he has such a wonderful command of the language of Nelsons age, I can smell the salt spray when I read this wonderful seriesPublished 3 months ago by van Klinken
My husband has read every Patrick O'Brian book so this was a 'must have' to add to his collection and it didn't disappoint. A very good , authentic yarn.Published 4 months ago by Amanda fc
Unfortunately short, and probably not worth the amount I paid to read it. However, having read the rest of the series I was desperate for it not to be over, and some insight into... Read morePublished 4 months ago by marchhare
two and half ill written chapters that finish abruptly accompanied by pages of illegible notes. Worst £6 I have spent for a while.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
You've got some bloody cheek charging £5.99 for three chapters of a book that I read in 50 minutes.
What a con.
Sad to see the end of our heroes journey - not much content but made me aware of the talent of a great author.Published 7 months ago by johnbe77