La Surprise ha da poco lasciato la colonia britannica del Nuovo Galles del Sud per una nuova missione in Polinesia, quando Jack Aubrey sorprende, nascosta nella cala delle gomene, una giovane donna vestita con un'uniforme da allievo. Si tratta di Clarissa Harvill, un'affascinante inglese, deportata nella colonia britannica e salita a bordo grazie alla complicità di un giovane ufficiale. Per il comandante Aubrey è inammissibile avere una donna a bordo; da sempre nella Royal Navy il «gentil sesso» è sinonimo di grossi guai. Ben presto, infatti, la presenza di Clarissa non solo porterà scompiglio sulla nave, compromettendo ordine e disciplina, ma sarà motivo di grande turbamento quando Stephen Maturin, lo scaltro medico di bordo, intuisce che la giovane nasconde, sotto la sua irresistibile bellezza, un misterioso e cupo passato'
- ISBN: 8850212046
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 294
“I am in favour of leaving people alone, however imperfect their polity may seem. It appears to me that you must not tell other nations how to set their house in order; nor must you compel them to be happy.” - Patrick O'Brian, the Truelove When originally published, O'Brian's 15th installment in his A Leggi tutto
After leaving the awful penal colony at New South Wales, a voyage across the Pacific on a mission to rescue a captured British whaling ship is somewhat muddled and made more interesting by the discovery of a stowaway. The story and action is ostensibly centered around warring islanders and diplomati Leggi tutto
This entry in the Aubrey-Maturin series (which is essentially one very long novel) is mostly a character study as the officers of the Surprise cope with the presence on board of a desirable and not completely inaccessible young woman, surreptitiously rescued from the penal colony at New South Wales
All but the most dedicated Aubrey-Maturin will want to skip this one. A lot of running in place--or, rather, dog paddling--with very little forward motion. It's as if the series became becalmed in the South Pacific. It's fun to read only if it isn't the same stuff we've read in the last fourteen nov Leggi tutto
I've mentioned before that a series of naval tales stuck in a perpetual 1812 and following the exploits of two individuals that is staggering on past double figures in terms of volumes must run in to problems of repetition and consequently risk dullness. THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT
The one with Clarissa Oakes and the Polynesian Queen. I'm still deciding what I think about the deeply pragmatic Clarissa Oakes, which is somewhat surprising given her pronounced position aboard Jack's ship and in a large portion of the story. I am hoping that there will be some closure in the next
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. Clarissa Oakes/The Truelove sees the Surprise in the South Seas and finds the eponymous Clarissa aboard as a stowaway from the penal col Leggi tutto
This book is perhaps the point where the series starts going downhill. Sure, the installments started running into each other way earlier: the last book that can be read on its own is perhaps The Fortune of War . But we enjoyed that, didn't we, dear fellow readers? Why shouldn't a good book be endles Leggi tutto
As always, I love reading the further adventures of Jack, Stephen, Killick, Bonden,Pullings etc, but like Captain Roddy, I'll give this one 4 and a half stars - not quite as thrilling as some. Now I am with child to find out what's happening back at the ranch with Diana, but I'll have to wait - only Leggi tutto
This volume in Patrick O’Brian’s series of historical novels may seem at first to be a study of the influence of a woman’s presence on a sailing ship full of men. It is that, but it proves to be more. Relatively early, Clarissa Harvill is found to have been smuggled aboard when the ship was in Sydney Leggi tutto
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