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Capità de mar i de guerra

de Patrick O'Brian

Altres autors: Max Hastings (Introducció)

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Sèrie: Aubrey-Maturin (1)

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The 1st installment in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series"The best historical novels ever written..."-The New York Times Book ReviewThis, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly 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 road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.… (més)
Afegit fa poc perAja1992, BrittCarb, jhylton, acdha, aloflinanaya, Ken1066, jdavisson, kyleandamor, biblioteca privada
Biblioteques llegadesTerence Kemp McKenna
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    Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander de David Cordingly (DCBlack)
    DCBlack: Some plot elements in the Aubrey- Maturin series were taken from the career and exploits of Admiral Lord Cochrane.
  2. 50
    A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian de Dean King (SV1XV)
  3. 40
    Memoirs of a Fighting Captain de Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald (DCBlack)
    DCBlack: Some plot elements in the Aubrey- Maturin series were taken from the career and exploits of Admiral Lord Cochrane.
  4. 30
    Lobscouse and Spotted Dog de Anne Chotzinoff Grossman (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: A reference and cookbook for the various food items mentioned in the Aubrey/Maturin series.
  5. 20
    His Majesty's Dragon de Naomi Novik (aqualectrix)
    aqualectrix: In the same style (complete with rigging descriptions) and time period, only with dragons instead of ships.
  6. 10
    Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian de Dean King (SV1XV)
  7. 10
    Moby Dick de Herman Melville (caflores)
    caflores: Para amantes del lenguaje náutico y de las descripciones detalladas.
  8. 10
    The Trafalgar Companion: The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Sea Battle and the Life of Admiral Lord Nelson de Mark Adkin (simon_carr)
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    This Thing of Darkness de Harry Thompson (andejons)
  10. 00
    Ramage de Dudley Pope (Cecrow)
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    The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan: A Novel de Robert Hough (ShelfMonkey)
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    His Majesty's Ship de Alaric Bond (infiniteletters)
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Well I did it! I finally made it through. I really don't remember how many times I have started and stopped reading this book but when I picked it up last month I told myself that I was getting through it this time. So I'm about to tell you that I enjoyed this book very much, but I feel funny saying that because I also found that many times throughout this book I had little to no idea what the hell was going on. But that's not an issue with the author or the plot. The difficulty of this book comes in the complexity of O'Brian's description when it comes to the workings of the ship. He really paints a picture, but it's a picture that I find difficult to imagine. In the same case the banter between characters at sea can be an abyss of unfamiliar slang and phonetically written accents. But all this should not deter you from reading and appreciating the level of skill, knowledge and research that went in to writing so specifically the movements of ships crew and sails.

First of all, this is a work of fiction any way you cut it. O’Brian once said that he often took liberties in the shifting of events for the benefit of plot. But that does not mean the book does not have an overwhelming sense of historical authenticity. Full disclosure, I am not a naval historian. I have a Bachelor of Arts with and major in history (currently completing my MLIS) and have some knowledge of the Napoleonic Wars but I am in no way an expert. However, what drew me to Patrick O'Brian in the first place was his reputation as being one of the best historical fiction writers ever and that his writing is agreed by many to be very historically authentic.

One thing I feel somewhat qualified to speak to, is O’Brian’s ability to mentally set his characters in their time period. The three major characters are all quite different from one another and background and manor and this makes for very compelling drama. For the sake of time I will just briefly touch on Jack Aubrey and Stephan Maturin. The brilliance of the interactions of these two characters is a combination of their two conflicting ideologies. Stephen’s sharp academic intellect and, mostly, liberal perspective and Jack’s proud and dismissive attitude to anything outside of the Royal Navy, his ship and his future advancement. Stephan also just happens to be Irish and a disillusioned ex-member of the Irish rebellion against the British Empire, a fact that Jack is completely unaware. These conversations between Jack and Stephan show O’Brian’s ability to set his characters mentally within the time period. Jack is a product of British military society and thus holds the perspectives of someone of that experience. He is utterly devoted to the Royal Navy and intent on climbing the officer ladder. He also holds some understandably antiquated notions about race, women and colonialism. It is character traits like this that make Jack Aubrey an incredibly vivid and realistic character that would seem heroic but for his self-centered and inward looking nature. On top of all this the thing I found so gratifying about these characters was the fact that they remained so polite and amiable toward each other despite their obviously different ideological outlooks. Stephen’s endless patience for Jack’s narrow-mindedness and concern for his well being, and Jack’s respect and admiration of Stephan’s intellect as well as his concern for his well being put some things into perspective for me regarding the state of the world we are living in and how ideology doesn’t have to divide.

As I discussed at the beginning of this review, I found this book difficult due to its complex description of the movements of the ships sails and crews. However, I found the key to my enjoyment of this book was my eventual acceptance that I wouldn’t be able to follow the sailing descriptions very accurately. I took inspiration from Stephan Maturin. His character is an outsider who is brought into the Royal Navy by Jack to become the surgeon for his ship. Therefore, for a reader like myself, I identified very closely to Stephan and felt like I was learning alongside of him as he grew more accustomed to his new life aboard the Sophie. There is even a scene in the book in which one of the crew is teaching Stephan Maturin about the names of the sails and the meanings of commands. As a reader I felt like an outsider peering into a very unfamiliar and restrictive world. This is a feeling I hope will lessen as I read more of the Master and Commander series. ( )
  wolfe.myles | Feb 28, 2023 |
Just read this for the third time (Audiobook - Patrick Tull reader) There's a reason I've given this book three readings. It's just that good. I find it to be a delicious sampling of all of the tropes that are to follow in the next 19 volumes, but heightened by the fact that we're seeing them for the first time. Jack is young and more naive than usual, and so gets into scrapes with Captain Harte's wife Molly. He can't pull off being discreet, so he just plunges ahead wherever his appetites lead him. There's a lot of combat in this volume, and we see here the ruse du guerre of setting out a false light to trick a Frenchman into following the Sophie's ghost, letting her escape. This is also the home of the famous Cacafuego attack, with the Sophies taking on a far superior enemy and winning. We have a good number of longstanding favorites that will later mature into larger, more interesting characters, although for this book they are just boys, some of theM: Mowett, Pullings, Bonden are all there, and although Killick hasn't yet risen to the heights of his comic relief, he's aboard as well. We also have the complex character of James Dylan, a good foil for Jack in their similarities. Stephen is of course also wandering about, and it's astonishing to me how well these characters are drawn in volume one as they are in volume 20. O'Brian must've had clear ideas about his people, even at the very beginning. I haven't said much about Stephen, as he doesn't loom nearly as large as Jack in this story, yet Stephen is still there with his critical eye and scientists skepticism, mussed wig and dirty coat. It's just a wonderful menagerie of everything good about these books. And Tull is an excellent reader. ( )
1 vota jsmick | Feb 16, 2023 |
These books on audio, read by Patrick Tull, are delightful! ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
Mientras la Royal Navy participa en las guerras contra la Francia napoleónica, el joven Jack Aubrey recibe su primer mando, el pequeño, viejo y lento HMS Sophie. Acompañado por su nuevo y excéntrico amigo, el médico y naturalista Stephen Maturin, Aubrey lucha contra la jerarquía naval, contra su propia tendencia a cometer errores sociales y contra los desafíos de forjar una tripulación eficaz, antes de finalmente enfrentarse a los barcos enemigos en un serie vívida e intrincadamente detallada de batallas navales.
  Natt90 | Dec 16, 2022 |
Wonderful novel about Capt. Jack Aubrey and how he met his friend, Dr. Maturin. During the time of the Napoleonic wars. I like this series better than the Hornblower books, which are good too. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
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'But my Sophie must have a medical man -- apart from anything else, you have no notion of what a hypochondriac your seaman is: they love to be physicked, and a ship's company without someone to look after them, even the rawest half-grown surgeon's mate, is not a happy ship's company ...' [Aubrey: 33]
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The 1st installment in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series"The best historical novels ever written..."-The New York Times Book ReviewThis, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly 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 road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

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