Gibilterra, 1815: il porto è un'immensa distesa deserta, nessun segno della vita di un Paese in tempo di guerra. Tutti gli occhi sono puntati all'orizzonte, dove una nave ammiraglia inglese ha appena virato, mettendosi con mure a dritta.
Un'insegna familiare sventola sull'albero maestro: quella del capitano Jack Aubrey. In città lo attende un nuovo incarico, qualcosa che metterà a dura prova lui e il suo equipaggio. Napoleone è da poco fuggito dall'Elba e vuole tornare al potere. Si parla di trecentosessantamila uomini, cinque corpi d'armata lungo la frontiera settentrionale, trentamila soldati su quella meridionale. E non solo? Anche nelle remote terre arabe qualcosa sembra covare nell'ombra: forse un'alleanza musulmana par spalleggiare Bonaparte, e che coinvolge gli Stati della Barberia, Algeri, Tunisi, persino il Marocco e il piccolo regno di Azgar. Al capitano Aubrey non resta che partire per una nuova missione sull'amata Surprise, con l'aiuto dell'amico di sempre, il chirurgo di bordo Stephen Maturin, e del nuovo arrivato, il dottor Jacob, un giovane che vanta una perfetta conoscenza del turco e dell'arabo, oltre ad amicizie altolocate?
- ISBN: 8830422134
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 297
"Patriotism, promotion, and prize-money have been described as the three masts of the Royal Navy." - Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days One more full novel to go in this series and two surprising deaths. This, the 19th novel was published in 1998, 29 years after the first book in the series ( Master an Leggi tutto
4 1/2 Said Kent (a Whitehall gentleman), “You will recall that Buonaparte professed himself a Muslim at the time of the Egyptian campaign?” This from the penultimate (#19 of 20) novel in O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series of Napoleonic-era sailing/adventure novels. (For an overview and introduction Leggi tutto
Loved it, as richly enjoyable as the 18 preceding novels, but oh! Only one left! (Don’t like reading unfinished works). Think I’m going to bite the bullet and go straight on to Blue at the Mizzen just in case the sky falls on my head before I’ve had that pleasure and joy! After all, one of these day Leggi tutto
For the second time (I think) in the series, O'Brian has written an ordinarily entertaining novel rather than something that achieved a bit more. There are minor lapses here and there. Those who cavil at the leaps in plot and the lingering on what sometimes seem like insignificant details haven't be Leggi tutto
The 19th and, unfortunately, the final book in O'Brien's Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series. This one takes place during the Hundred Days of Napoleon's return to power ending at Waterloo. Not one of the better ones, it does involve an intriguing story of Commodore Aubrey seeking to intercept a s Leggi tutto
Many readers have noted that O'Brian's series declines in quality generally at some point in the second ten books. I agree with that, but The Hundred Days is the first volume where I actually almost wished he'd ended the series earlier. The reason for this is mostly in the opening chapter. The clunk Leggi tutto
It's been a while and I'd forgotten about O'Brian's delicious prose. Delicious prose like ice-cream that's full of flavour and goes down smoothly. Prose that makes a statement. Makes a statement then repeats it, expanding upon it. Prose that really is way harder to imitiate than it looks... It was a Leggi tutto
I have to say reading this novel resulted in a bit of a shock to me. Patrick O'Brian uses deus ex machina to address some apparent 'loose ends,' and I shan't say anything further to spoil it for the reader. Superbly plotted and deftly written, "The Hundred Days" refers to the period of time between
What I wrote in my LJ while actually reading it: Warning: heavy spoilers! Do you know what the best remedy is for post-mooting depression? Preserved Killick. God, that man cracks me up. I'm about page 150 in The Hundred Days. And have just reached Stephen's little adventure in the rigging trying to get Leggi tutto
Patrick O'Brian is close to the end of the series with this book. There are only one and a half books left and a little bit of the shine and luster have faded. Relatively important characters suddenly die off with very little explanation or impact on the story, Maturin has strangely come to understa Leggi tutto
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