Il capitano Jack Aubrey è stato espulso dalla Royal Navy per un crimine che non ha commesso. Ma quando tutto sembra essere perduto, provvidenziale giunge l'aiuto di Maturin che, grazie a un'eredità, acquista per l'amico la vecchia Surprise, coinvolgendolo in un viaggio che potrebbe restituirgli l'onore perduto. Al largo delle Azzorre si aggira, infatti, la Spartan, la fregata franco-americana, sfuggita loro poco tempo prima. La fortuna, questa volta, dà una mano ad Aubrey, che riesce a catturare la nave nemica e a tornare in Inghilterra. Ma una volta in patria, verrà reintegrato nella Marina'
- ISBN: 8850205252
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 304
While Captain Jack Aubrey is the heart-and-soul main character of the series, he shares the stage with his unlikely friend Dr. Stephen Maturin, the brain and introspection of these books. In The Letter of Marque Maturin takes center stage. In the previous book Aubrey took a tough one on the chin. He Leggi tutto
“I have often observed that extremely violent noise and activity go with good-fellowship and heightened spirits.” ― Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque Captain Aubrey has been kicked out of the Navy based on some financial speculation that he was involved in. Now, he is sailing the Surprise decked Leggi tutto
[9/10] Blue sea, blue sky, white clouds, white sails, a general brilliance: what could be more pleasing? Some say that the Vikings went raiding every year in order to escape from the six-month winter nagging of their wives (Frans Bengtsson). A similar argument could be made that the English became s Leggi tutto
This was a wonderful conclusion to The Reverse of the Medal . As Stephen notes at one stage in the book, Aristotle's definition of tragedy encompassed not only a great man being brought down but also the redemption and deliverance of a man who had been laid low. If that's true, then this book, in
3.5 – 4 stars In a nutshell this volume of Aubrey and Maturin’s adventures covers a short, though very eventful, series of engagements in the Surprise under the titular letter of marque granted them by the crown, making Aubrey and company privateers (or in other words government sanctioned pirates). Leggi tutto
I'm returning to this series after a very long break, and I'm glad that I did. It's possible, after all, to read books wrong, which can end up spoiling the book for reasons that are nothing to do with the book itself. In the case of the Aubrey/Maturin series, the uniformity of their excellence in te Leggi tutto
Reading ‘The Letter of Marque’ was an attempt at escapism and distraction immediately before and after the American election. It didn’t work, but I’m not sure anything would have. It was nice to have Aubrey and Maturin for company while I was too anxious to sleep, in any event. This is quite a sombr Leggi tutto
In this twelfth volume of the series, the Reverend Martin gives some advice on happy endings to an aspiring naval author: “When Mowett told me he meant to write a very ambitious piece called “The Sea-Officer’s Tragedy”, based on Captain Aubrey’s career, his victories and his misfortunes, I told him Leggi tutto
The Letter of Marque is the twelfth book in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and I don’t seem to be enjoying it any less as time – and the series – stretches on. Here we catch up with Jack after he’s been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime on the stock exchange that he could never have unders Leggi tutto
I loved the journeys that both Jack and Stephen made in this. Jack starts out in the depths of depression when his career has been wrecked on the reef of a scandal not of his own making (well, not entirely), and Stephen is suffering from a marital melancholy which he's medicating with laudanum and c Leggi tutto
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