Dopo il naufragio su un'isola deserta del Mar cinese meridionale, e un violento attacco dei pirati malesi nei pressi di Giava, il capitano Jack Aubrey, in compagnia dell'inseparabile Stephen Maturin, amico, medico, naturalista, nonché agente segreto, raggiunge finalmente il porto di Batavia per proseguire la sua missione contro la nave francese Cornélie. Le numerose peripezie della spedizione porteranno Audrey e Maturin non solo all'appuntamento con il nemico, ma anche all'insperato ritorno sull'amata Surprise, a bordo della quale continueranno il loro viaggio alla volta dell'Australia, fino al Nuovo Galles del Sud, dove l'incontaminata bellezza del paesaggio occulta come un velo gli orrori della famigerata colonia penale di Botany Bay.
- ISBN: 8850209045
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 350
In The Nutmeg of Consolation you get shipwrecks, pirates and duels fought for honor. With content like that, some might expect a dime-store novel in The Nutmeg of Consolation , but when it's Patrick "the Jane Austen of historical fiction" O'Brian, you get treated to high-quality writing. A literary a Leggi tutto
“I read novels with the utmost pertinacity. I look upon them - I look upon good novels - as a very valuable part of literature, conveying more exact and finely-distinguished knowledge of the human heart and mind than almost any other, with greater breadth and depth and fewer constraints.” ― Patrick Leggi tutto
This, the 14th volume in Patrick O'Brian's brilliant Aubrey-Maturin canon, is one of my absolute favorites of the twenty completed novels in this wonderful Napoleonic wars seafaring series. "The Nutmeg of Consolation" is a page-turner from page one on. We join Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin Leggi tutto
Intelligently written. Good story. Interesting characters. Unsure about the characters, they seem a little bit to complex for sailors...
The one with the lady pirate, the cannibals, Australia, and the platypus. A very Stephen-centric novel, but without the spying and intrigue. Lots of interesting info about the New South Wales section of Australia, and a creepy new fact about the cuddly platypus.
SPOILERS BELOW. This particular edition to the series may well have been entitled "When Maturin, Cannibals and Platypuses Attack." This (and the previous book in the series) is rather meandering and doesn't seem to have much in the way of a concrete objective in terms of where the author wanted to ta Leggi tutto
A little slower and little more self-indulgent than some of the previous entries, but a delight from start to finish, as always. The early part, on the island, put me in mind of Far Side of the World (only better than what we find in that installment), and the return to India (which was very enjoyab Leggi tutto
Great historical fiction, only passingly good fiction. A fun read, nonetheless. The usual suspects maneuvered around the western Pacific to touch on as many real--or realistic--situations as possible. Some sub-plots better developed than others, but surely the Aubery-Maturin true believers will love Leggi tutto
Aubrey and Maturin are at it again! Sailing the high seas, fighting the French (and miscellaneous jerks), saving children, finding rare creatures, curing ailments, and generally being surrogate parents to a slightly disreputable family of sailors. Their domesticity repeatedly verges upon the romanti Leggi tutto
Every one of my Patrick O'Brian reviews are the same: I love these books! I think the best bit of this one is them being shipwrecked (again!) and having to find a way out of it. This kind of thing really makes you realize how little ability modern people have with their hands. I know that *I* couldn Leggi tutto
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