♥ Book Title : The Surgeon's Mate (Vol. Book 7) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Vividly detailed 19th-century settings and dramatic tension punctuated with flashes of wry humor make O'Brian's nautical adventure a splendid treat."—Publishers Weekly Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as tense, and as unexpected in its culmination, as anything Patrick O'Brian has written."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy
☯ Full Synopsis : "A concise overview, richly illustrated, of the historical background to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin novels. This book is a companion to Patrick O'Brian's sea novels, a straightforward exploration of what daily life in Nelson's navy was really like, for everyone from the captain down to the rawest recruit. What did they eat? What songs did they sing? What was the schedule of watches? How were the officers and crew paid, and what was the division of prize-money? These questions and many more are answered in Patrick O'Brian's elegant narrative, which includes wonderful anecdotal material on the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy. Line drawings and charts help us to understand the construction and rigging of the great ships, the types and disposition of the guns, and how they were operated in battle. A number of contemporary drawings and cartoons illustrate aspects of naval life from the press gang to the scullery. Finally, a generous selection of full-color paintings render the majesty and the excitement of fleet actions in the age of fighting sail."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1)
☯ Full Synopsis : "The beginning of the sweeping Aubrey-Maturin series. "The best sea story I have ever read."—Sir Francis Chichester This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a 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 roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Catalans: A Novel
☯ Full Synopsis : "A republished successor to the author's first adult novel, Testimonies, finds Alain Roig returning to his home in France to find his family's property threatened by his dour mayor cousin, Xavier, who would marry a local grocer's daughter. Reprint."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Picasso: A Biography
☯ Full Synopsis : ""The best biography of Picasso."—Kenneth Clark Patrick O'Brian's outstanding biography of Picasso is here available in paperback for the first time. It is the most comprehensive yet written, and the only biography fully to appreciate the distinctly Mediterranean origins of Picasso's character and art. Everything about Picasso, except his physical stature, was on an enormous scale. No painter of the first rank has been so awe-inspiringly productive. No painter of any rank has made so much money. A few painters have rivaled his life span of ninety years, but none has attracted so avid, so insatiable, a public interest. Patrick O'Brian knew Picasso sufficiently well to have a strong sense of his personality. The man that emerges from this scholarly, passionate, and brilliantly written biography is one of many contradictions: hard and tender, mean and generous, affectionate and cold, private despite the relish of his fame. In his later years he professed communism, yet in O'Brian's view retained to the end of his life a residual Catholic outlook. Not that such matters were allowed to interfere with his vigorous sensuality. Sex and money, eating and drinking, friends and quarrels, comedies and tragedies, suicides and wars tumble one another in the vast chaos of his experience. he was "a man almost as lonely as the sun, but one who glowed with much the same fierce, burning life." It is with that impression of its subject that this book leaves its readers."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Pablo Ruiz Picasso
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♥ Book Title : Post Captain (Vol. Book 2) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Master and Commander raised almost dangerously high expectations, Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them...a brilliant book."—Mary Renault "We've beat them before and we'll beat them again." In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, and from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held harbor."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Les Aventures de Jack Aubrey T2 (N.ed.)
☯ Full Synopsis : "Deuxième volet des aventures de Jack Aubrey et de Stephen Maturin. Jack Aubrey, devenu un personnage important dans la hiérarchie de la Royal Navy, est chargé de se rendre à Botany Bay (dans l'actuelle Australie) pour régler le problème délicat posé par le célèbre capitaine Bligh qui, après avoir provoqué une première mutinerie sur la Bounty, est maintenant responsable d'une révolte des colons britanniques. Mais, avant de toucher les antipodes, il lui faut affronter une épidémie de typhus, puis, au large du cap de Bonne-Espérance, combattre un énorme bâtiment hollandais qui l'oblige à descendre très au sud et à faire relâche aux Kerguelen, l'île de la Désolation. Dans le cadre du Blocus imposé par l'Angleterre à la France napoléonienne, et de la guerre l'opposant aux Etats-Unis qui veulent continuer de commercer avec la France, les aventures du capitaine Aubrey et du docteur Stephen Maturin, chirurgien, ornithologue et agent secret de Sa Très Gracieuse Majesté se poursuivent ici du Pacifique à la Baltique, des côtes de Nouvelle-Angleterre aux rivages méditerranéens. Un dossier historique de Dominique Le Brun et des cartes complètent ce second volume de la grande suite romanesque de Patrick O'Brian (1914-2000). Préface de Dominique Le Brun Cartes de François Le Guern"Article| Patrick O'BRIAN| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Testimonies: A Novel
☯ Full Synopsis : ""A welcome reissue of O'Brian's moving and very fine first novel."—Kirkus Reviews Delmore Schwartz, the most influential critic in postwar America, wrote of Patrick O'Brian's first novel Testimonies: "A triumph...drawn forward by lyric eloquence and the story's fascination, [the reader] discovers in the end that he has encountered in a new way the sphinx and the riddle of existence itself." Schwartz' imagination was fired by this sinister tale of love and death set in Wales, a timeless story with echoes of Thomas Hardy and Mary Webb. Joseph Pugh, sick of Oxford and of teaching, decides to take some time off to live in a wild and beautiful Welsh farm valley. There he falls physically ill and is nursed back to health by Bronwen Vaughn, the wife of a neighboring farmer. Slowly, unwillingly, Bronwen and Pugh fall in love;' and while that word is never spoken between them, their story is as passionate and as tragic as that of Vronsky and Anna Karenina."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Hussein: An Entertainment
☯ Full Synopsis : "A glittering adventure set in India at the height of the British Raj. The New York Times compared this book to Kipling's Kim and called it "a gorgeous entertainment." Of this early work, published when he was in his early twenties, Patrick O'Brian writes in a foreword: "In the writing of the book I learnt the rudiments of my calling: but more than that, it opened a well of joy that has not yet run dry." The story is about a young mahout—or elephant handler—his childhood and life in India, and his relationship and adventures with elephants. As a boy, Hussein falls in love with a beautiful and elusive girl, Sashiya, and arranges for another of her suitors to be murdered with a fakir's curse. The dead man's relatives vow vengeance. Hussein escapes and his adventures begin: snake-charming, sword-fighting, spying, stealing a fortune, and returning triumphantly to claim his bride. All of this is set against an evocatively exotic India, full of bazaars, temples, and beautiful women—despite the fact that O'Brian had never been to the East when he wrote the story."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Patrick O'Brian Muster Book
☯ Full Synopsis : "Now in its second edition, this expanded work catalogs every person, animal, ship and cannon mentioned by name in the 21 books of Patrick O'Brian's series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The novels, renowned for their "far-ranging web of wit and allusion," teem with thousands of characters and ships, both imaginary and historical. From Master and Commander to 21: The Unfinished Voyage, this book distinguishes the fictional from the factual, making a useful series companion for the casual reader and the most ardent fans. Each of the more than 5,000 alphabetized entries provides a reference to the novels and chapters in which the topic appears. Additionally, biographical notes on the historical figures are included, with sources provided in an annotated bibliography. Colin White, a leading British naval historian and an authority on Nelson's Navy provides a foreword."Article| Anthony Gary Brown| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Wine-Dark Sea (Vol. Book 16) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
☯ Full Synopsis : "The sixteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and Patrick O'Brian's first bestseller in the United States. At the outset of this adventure filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue an American privateer through the Great South Sea. The strange color of the ocean reminds Stephen of Homer's famous description, and portends an underwater volcanic eruption that will create a new island overnight and leave an indelible impression on the reader's imagination. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Jack will survive a desperate open boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son; Stephen, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes; and Patrick O'Brian's brilliantly detailed narrative will reunite them at last in a breathtaking chase through stormy seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn, where the hunters suddenly become the hunted."Article| Patrick O'Brian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Patrick O'Brian's Bodies at Sea
☯ Full Synopsis : "An exploration of the complex roles that bodies--both literally and figuratively--play in the 21 volume Aubrey-Maturin series reveals much about the novels' many meditations on mind and body. Beginning with a consideration of genre norms and the bodies of the novels' main characters, the book's focus shifts to the ways the series offers interconnections between the human body and history.More literal considerations of the body examine O'Brian's depictions of drug use, particularly the opium addiction that afflicts Stephen Maturin, and human sexuality in its many guises. The work then focuses on Desolation Island, the fifth novel in the series, in light of the discussions above but also in terms of political and psychological tropes that draw upon the relationship of mind and body. Questions are examined about the relationship of reader to author, and what sustains such a long narrative and what continues to bring a reader back again and again."Article| Michael Leigh Sinowitz| Statement ..."