Dopo aver contribuito al fallimento dello sbarco francese in Irlanda, Jack Aubrey e Stephen Maturin sono a terra, in attesa di una nuova missione. Entrambi ne approfittano per occuparsi di questioni private rimaste in sospeso, che li trascinano in avventure più insidiose di un mare in tempesta. Maturin, recatosi in Spagna a riprendere la figlia, nonché il patrimonio depositato in una banca della Galizia, è braccato dal governo, a conoscenza dei suoi precedenti maneggi per favorire l’insurrezione in Perú, e rischia di perdere ogni cosa, a cominciare dalla libertà. Da parte sua, Aubrey, in serie difficoltà economiche, ha dovuto dare in affitto la propria casa e trasferirsi nella dimora del padre. Ed è lì che, schieratosi a favore degli abitanti per la spinosa questione della recinzione dei terreni comuni, entra in conflitto con altri proprietari, tra i quali il suo stesso ammiraglio. Una rotta controvento, che rischia di macchiare la sua carriera con un’onta inammissibile, per un vero marinaio come lui. E anche sul piano sentimentale le cose si mettono male, grazie a un’inopportuna intromissione della suocera. Ma proprio quando pare convinto a lasciare la Royal Navy e ad allestire una flotta per il Cile, che vuole l’indipendenza dalla Spagna, arriva trafelato un giovane ufficiale con un messaggio che potrebbe far virare il suo futuro e quello di Maturin in vista delle coste francesi...
- ISBN: 8830422045
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 315
"Everyone knows that on a large scale democracy is pernicious nonsense - a country or even a county cannot be run by a self-seeking parcel of tub-thumping politicians working on popular emotion, rousing the mob." - Patrick O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral Many rate this near the bottom of the Aubrey-Maturi Leggi tutto
I found these books to be terribly intimidating when I first started the series. It seemed as though I was entering an entirely male world with a detailed technical vocabulary of its own. But now, as I sat down to read this eighteenth installment of the series, it was like sitting down to tea with o Leggi tutto
3.5 - 4 stars Poor old Jack certainly has a rough go of it this time around. Despite the great (one might even say excessive) success of his mission in Africa as far as prizes go, Jack find himself once again on the edge of penury when some of the slave-ship owners come forward with documented ‘prote Leggi tutto
The One Where Barrett Bonden Boxes Bareknuckled. I’m always so happy to be in the company of these good people. This was a fairly mellow entry in the saga, but everyone showed up which is really all I need at this point. :)
Old issues are sewn up, new threads come loose. The war is coming to an end at last. Peace should be a time of joy, but as far as our hero Lucky Captain Jack Aubrey is concerned, peace creates problems of its own! As the title suggests, thii is about "the yellow admiral". It's a pejorative term sailo Leggi tutto
As ever, reading O'Brian is like meeting up with an old friend. In this one, the unfolding of the plot is slow and somewhat predictable—it's more like talking with an old friend solely of the past, reliving old memories and not learning anything new about one another. There are none of the fireworks Leggi tutto
Wandering, as most of the books in the series are at this point, but still utterly beguiling and wonderful.
As ever, hugely enjoyable. In all of these books, there is usually an illuminating discourse on a certain subject, in this case, enclosure of land. I am now stimulated to learn more on the subject. Only two more books to go, alas! But there’s always re-reading!
What many reviewers didn't like about this story, I really enjoyed. The sea adventures were few and far between as this time Jack and Stephen were landlocked throughout most the book. But, because of this, there were some traits that I got a glimpse of as the situations on land and owning a home are Leggi tutto
I have read the entire Aubrey/Maturn series at least six times, in order, and been captivated by many facets. Of course the sheer adventure is enthralling, but the way in which O'Brian has developed his characters as the books go along is magical. One reviewer called O'Brian " The Jane Austen of the Leggi tutto
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