- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Film & TV Tie-in Ed edition (24 Sept. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140271732
- ISBN-13: 978-0140271737
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Young Hornblower Omnibus: "Mr.Midshipman Hornblower", "Lieutenant Hornblower", "Hornblower and the "Hotspur"" (A Horatio Hornblower Tale of the Sea) Paperback – 24 Sep 1998
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About the Author
C. S. Forester was born in Cairo in 1899, where his father was stationed as a government official. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital and, after leaving Guy's without a degree, he turned to writing as a career.
His first success was Payment Deferred, a novel written at the age of twenty-four and later dramatized and filmed with Charles Laughton in the leading role. In 1932 Forester was offered a Hollywood contract, and from then until 1939 he spent thirteen weeks of every year in America.
On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy to collect the material for The Ship. He made a voyage to the Bering Sea to gather material for a similar book on the United States Navy, and it was during this trip that he was stricken with arteriosclerosis, a disease which left him crippled. However, he continued to write and in the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction. He died in 1966.
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Top Customer Reviews
Since much of service aboard a naval vessel is routine, C.S. Forester gives us the high spots of Hornblower's first years in the form of short stories beginning at age 17 when he entered the navy.
Each story is nicely balanced among the following qualities: Hornblower's inexperience; the rapid shift of circumstances that can occur at sea; Hornblower's physical and psychological weaknesses and courage to overcome them; the demands of honor; the importance of thinking clearly, getting good information, and making a swift decision; the benefits of discipline; and the brotherhood of all seaman before the dangers they face.
Those who are interested in the war between Britain and France after the French Revolution in 1789 will find the material to bring those events to life in a vivid way. I learned a lot about the details of naval warfare as it was conducted then.
The weakness of most short story writers is that their plots and resolutions often become overly predictable. These short stories are predictable only in their originality and unpredictability. As such, I found myself drawn forward, wondering what rabbit Forester would next pull out of the hat.
This is just the sort of book that I loved to read as a teenager, and I could feel the years peeling off as I raced through the stories. This book would be a wonderful gift to a teenager who likes adventure tales based on historical events.Read more ›
Older fans of C.S. Forester and the Hornblower series will also be rewarded by the fascinating details of how a small sloop can successfully challenge all comers! If you are a sailor or have some interest in the subject, you will be richly rewarded by the many fine details that Mr. Forester provides about the special challenges of storms, the European coast, and running a long-term blockade of Europe after the Peace of Amiens breaks down in 1803.
Those who have been waiting for Hornblower to "get a life" will be pleased to see that his attachments to shore, family, and to those nearest to him increase greatly in this book. As a result, he has to think about the consequences more carefully as he faces death . . . and what will happen to others if he fails.
In a fascinating series of "almost asides" Hornblower has great problems with his personal servants in this novel. These scenes help establish Hornblower's lack of priority for personal comfort, and the vulnerability that can be created for you if those close to you fail to do their duties.
To me, the most rewarding part of the book came in the many sections that explored what it means to be courageous.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I four it interesting and very enable
For anyone who enjoys a good story about our early navy or a good war storyline
Excellent as ever. Attention to detail is impeccable. What the author didn't know about handling a square rigged ship of the line I would think could be written on the back of a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr Keith M Goulborn
Outstanding swashbuckling sea stories. No less than you would expect from the master storyteller.Published 1 month ago by F. K. Burrage
The seafaring detail implies long, in-depth maritime experience, yet Forester seems to have little or none. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr GG Crawford
I returned to Hornblower some forty years after I first read about him and the enjoyment and history are all still therePublished 8 months ago by Phil of Derby