Dopo aver contribuito al fallimento dello sbarco francese in Irlanda, Jack Aubrey e Stephen Maturin si riposano all'«asciutto», in attesa di un nuovo imbarco. Ne approfittano entrambi per occuparsi di varie questioni pratiche rimaste in sospeso. Stephen Maturin si reca in Spagna per riprendere la figlia, nonché per recuperare i risparmi confiscatigli dopo l'accusa di avere spalleggiato alcuni ribelli indipendentisti peruviani in lotta con Madrid. Jack Aubrey da parte sua ha notevoli problemi economici ed è costretto a vivere nella residenza paterna. La prospettiva di vendere i possedimenti della moglie Sophia e soprattutto i maneggi della suocera incrinano pericolosamente l'armonia famigliare. Lontani dal mare e dalla vita che amano, il commodoro a riposo e il medico naturalista devono lottare contro un destino che sembra riservare loro amare sorprese. Soprattutto a Aubrey che, inimicatosi il nipote del suo superiore in grado, rischia persino di macchiare la sua carriera di ufficiale. Ma proprio quando sembra convinto di lasciare la Royal Navy per accettare un incarico offertogli dal governo cileno, le vicende della Francia napoleonica aprono un inaspettato spiraglio per il suo futuro'
- ISBN: 885021894X
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 322
"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
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
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. :)
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
This was one of the later books, and I breezed through it pretty quickly. Honestly, I have to say that I wasn't as impressed as much with it as I was with other volumes. Why? Maybe because they're jaunting around land so much, doing a bunch of nothing. But that's just my take on it. I should read it Leggi tutto
This is now my third time reading through this brilliant series and I am reminded again how beautifully written and how wonderfully, addictively enjoyable they are. In The Yellow Admiral, there is both trouble and satisfaction for Jack and Steven on land, but a grave worry for Jack as enmities in the Leggi tutto
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