Persa la "Sophie", Jack Aubrey e Stephen Maturin si ritrovano senza una nave, ma ben provvisti di quattrini grazie alle numerose prede catturate durante la navigazione nel Mediterraneo dalla gloriosa corvetta. D'intesa, i due amici decidono di ritirarsi per qualche tempo in campagna... dimenticando però che la terraferma riserva spesso brutte sorprese agli uomini di mare. E infatti la parentesi idilliaca viene bruscamente interrotta; raggirato dal proprio contabile, Jack si ritrova pieno di debiti ed è costretto alla fuga verso la Spagna, dove, con l'aiuto di Stephen, riuscirà a ottenere il comando della "Polychrest" (una strana corvetta con due prue) trovandosi poi ad affrontare il "Bellerone" un pericoloso veliero corsaro...
- ISBN: 8830413607
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 475
Post Captain makes me wonder if Patrick O'Brian originally intended Master and Commander as a one off (and if you know the answer please don't tell me. I like not knowing). Master and Commander is a great book, and our introduction to Captain Jack Aubrey and Doctor Stephen Maturin is a great hook, bu Leggi tutto
Patrick O'Brian, you have exposed yourself. Exposed yourself as a Jane Austen wannabe, that is. One who is a bit sniffily about the fact that Jane (quite unfairly, I'm sure!) did not give us the thoughts of the male half of the regency romance equation. The first 200 pages of this novel do really read Leggi tutto
Dancing bears and loons that fancy themselves teapots? No, number two in the series is not a typical Aubrey/Maturin adventure, yet it is perhaps better than the first! While book one, Master & Commander , was about war and friendship, the second book, Post Captain enters the love arena, and friendship Leggi tutto
I've been reading the Aubrey/Maturin series for a few years now, and even though I'm not as loyal to these books as I am to other series, it's always nice to dip back into Patrick O'Brian's well-researched, well-written, and consistently delightful historical adventures. Post Captain , the second in Leggi tutto
My friend, Jose, regularly re-read the whole Aubrey-Maturin series. He found it so rich that diving back into it was a constant pleasure. This is not my first time through, and O'Brian's work holds my attention as firmly as it did initially. In Post Captain, we find Aubrey in dire financial straits ( Leggi tutto
Second books in a long epic series are usually a lot harder to write and to get right than debut ones. To use an analogy from music, a rock band usually writes a great debut album : they've been playing the material for years in garages and/or small pubs before being noticed, they have their enthusi Leggi tutto
Gustoso e page-turner, sebbene sia meno sostanzioso del primo, un po' più artificioso e decisamente più terricolo (view spoiler) [(i due soci riusciranno ad imbarcarsi solo dopo pagina 200) (hide spoiler)] . Ma quando finalmente inizieranno le battaglie, si potrà dire che è valsa la pena dell'attesa. Gli incroci di amori e amicizie Leggi tutto
"This is perhaps the final detachment; and this is perhaps the only way to live -- free, surprisingly light and well, no diminution of interest but no commitment: a liberty I have hardly ever known." - Patrick O'Brian, 'Post Captain' The second book in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series (20 books). It
4 Stars Initially while reading this book and thinking about what I might say in my review, I didn’t think I would find anything positive to say. Now, having completed “the journey”, although there is far too much going on in this novel, and from what I can see here on GR, the longest volume of the s Leggi tutto
I almost gave this 3 stars, but I have too many reservations. I almost abandoned the book early on. I don't care for O'Brian's style - it's too Victorian. Sure, that's a plus for some, but I hate it & the story was very uneven. The first third of the book with threads running all the way through con Leggi tutto
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