Dopo un lungo viaggio attorno al mondo, Aubrey e Maturin tornano finalmente in Inghilterra. Ma se per Aubrey il rientro è un momento felice, perché oltre a ricongiungersi con la famiglia, riceve la tanto agognata promozione a Commodoro, per Maturin invece il ritorno è piuttosto brusco. Abbandonato dalla moglie, si ritrova solo ad affrontare la grave forma di autismo della figlioletta Brigid. Ma per i due il soggiorno in patria è breve e presto l'azione ricomincia: Aubrey riceve ordine dalla Royal Navy di partire per debellare la tratta illegale degli schiavi sulle coste occidentali dell'Africa e impedire a una flotta francese di rifornire di armi i ribelli d'Irlanda. Maturin, alle prese con un temibile avversario disposto a tutto pur di rovinarlo, è costretto da parte sue a fuggire dall'Inghilterra per imbarcarsi proprio sulla nave dell'amico di sempre. Tra scorribande per mari, complotti, vecchi avversari e nuove conoscenze, i due inseparabili eroi ci accompagnano in una nuova, travolgente avventura in mare aperto.
- ISBN: 8850216408
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 308
"Come cheer up my lads, 'tis to glory we steerTo add something new to this wonderful year:To honour we call you, not press you like slaves,For who are so free as we sons of the waves." - Patrick O'Brian, The Commodore quoting the sailor-song "Hearts of Oak" Captain Aubrey (technically Post-Captain) ge Leggi tutto
Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England after sailing all over the world and nearly getting themselves killed in a wide variety of ways. It's always good to see family again, but trouble at home has them seeking the sea quite soon once more. Jack is made a commodore and given a sma Leggi tutto
This installment in the Aubrey/Maturin saga has definitely been a late-series high point. After several books at sea, our duo makes port at home where they find high drama in their personal lives. Jack's wife Sophie has taken extreme umbrage at the nearby presence of Clarissa Oakes, Jack's former pa Leggi tutto
I abandoned Tristram Shandy's light-hearted social commentary for a story with guts. Patrick O'Brian never fails to deliver.* Jack Aubrey has his first fleet command. Part of the plot revolves around a contrast among the leadership styles of three ships' captains: 1. flog your people until they achiev Leggi tutto
Jack and Stephen return home after a voyage around the world and an absence of years. Stephen meets his young daughter for the first time but does not find the picture of domestic happiness that he wished for. Jack and Sophie are reunited but soon have a falling out over a couple of painful misunder Leggi tutto
Charming as ever, although featuring one of O’Brian’s more rambling and anticlimactic plots.
Having circum-navigated the globe, Aubrey and Maturin have an interlude back in England before setting off to fight the slave-trade off the coast of Africa. These interludes are the weakest parts of this saga, for me; I just get a bit bored quite quickly. But soon enough we're back at sea with Aubre Leggi tutto
Another book set mostly at sea, which I enjoy. This book marks Aubrey's move to a ship of the line, acting as a Commodore of a fleet, very much coming of age as a captain, nearing his advancement as an admiral. He and Stephen are feeling their age a bit, and maturing overall. Stephen also meets his
This book has a jaunty pace and some quick turns. In other words, it keeps things moving and you get through the 300 or so pages pretty fast. I really have to say that the earlier volumes were the best of the series.
3 - 3.5 stars This seemed like a rather light entry in the series while I was reading it, though looking back on it a not insignificant number of important events took place. For one Aubrey is made Commodore of a squadron of ships ostensibly being sent to discourage the slave trade in Africa, though Leggi tutto
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