Le pagine dell'Ultimo viaggio di Jack Aubrey, una perla per tutti i cultori di Patrick O'Brian, rappresentano il suo vero (e incompiuto) ultimo romanzo. Jack Aubrey e Stephen Maturin sono in Cile, dove vengono raggiunti dalla moglie e dalle figlie di Aubrey, e da un'affascinante amica di Stephen. È in programma un viaggio in Sudafrica: la rotta è per lo stretto di Magellano, poi la Terra del Fuoco, per fare provviste di cibo e acqua. Ma la meta potrebbe anche diventare Sant'Elena, dove si trova in esilio Napoleone...
Il testo è seguito da un ampio e documentatissimo saggio storico-letterario di Gastone Breccia sulla Royal Navy tra la fine del XVIII e l'inizio del XIX secolo, in cui vengono illustrati l'organizzazione della flotta, la tipologia e l'armamento dei vascelli, le attrezzature e gli strumenti della navigazione, la vita di bordo e molte altre curiosità... Un saggio che, come scrive lo stesso Breccia, intende essere «in primo luogo un omaggio a Patrick O'Brian e alla sua opera».
- ISBN: 8850226985
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 338
This 65-page fragment of a novel is only rewarding to fans of the series who want to say goodbye to one of the greatest fictional friendships in literature. We get to experience one last time the special bonds between British naval commander Jack Aubrey and his ship's doctor Stephen Maturin, who is
Impossible to rate this fairly since it ends mid-sentence in Chapter 3, and I don't know if O'Brian ever left any notes as to his plot ideas. Who knows what Jack and Stephen would have gotten up to. So I'll hazard a 3 for what was written. It was a solid start, as all of the Aubrey books have been. T Leggi tutto
Well, I started this series last July. It has been enjoyable to read and I feel a sense of loss that I can't follow Jack and Stephen on any more adventures. More than the adventures, which were tame compared to many other books, the pleasant language and craftsmanship of the books are what made for
Sad day. I've now read all the Aubrey/Maturin stories for the first time. In a way I wish I could forget all of them so I can read and experience the joy of finding a new author to savor. Anyway, this partial book really wasn't a story as it is incomplete but still gave glimpses into the domestic rel Leggi tutto
For Aubrey/Maturin series fanatics only, and yet... I just re-read the entire 20-book series from start to finish for what must be at least the fourth time and this time I wanted to peer into the unfinished final volume (even though the ending of Blue at the Mizzen was in many ways a perfect ending
Consisting of just three chapters, a preliminary long-hand sketch of what would surely have been another wonderful novel, there is still much to savour in 21 . Here are Jack and Stephen back with us again, and though we don't know where their voyage would have taken them in this book, we see them bei Leggi tutto
I couldn’t recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read the prior 20 installments in this magnificent series. It’s only three chapters. If, however, like me, you have read them all, it’s a mandatory read – albeit a sad parting. (I have owned the book for over a year, and just now found a quiet time Leggi tutto
I shouldn't give this 5 Stars...but what the hell! Not a complete novel, but I like it because POB loved these characters and this blue world so much, wrote unto his death! Fair winds and following seas, Sir!
Far too short - would have been an excellent finish
I knew that 21 is only a fragment of O'Brian's early working through the next Aubrey/Maturin story--and I could see from the appearance of the book itself that it is quite short--and so my expectations were set quite low. I looked for it to be only a last souvenir of a series that I have loved. It i Leggi tutto
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