Essere al comando di un veliero, dare la caccia alle navi nemiche nel Mediterraneo o in pieno Atlantico, vivere in prima persona arrembaggi e duelli: questi sono i sogni di Jack Aubrey, uomo di mare temerario e irruente, fedele suddito di Sua Maestà Britannica e capitano di corvetta fresco di nomina. E se la Sophie – la sua prima nave, il suo «primo comando» – non brilla ancora di particolare gloria, Aubrey è deciso a trasformarla in una nave modello, orgoglio della Royal Navy e spauracchio dei nemici a tutte le latitudini. Ma la dura vita di bordo gli riserverà grosse sorprese...
Avvincente e serrato nell'intreccio, straordinariamente documentato nella ricostruzione storica e meticolosamente preciso nella descrizione della vita marinaresca del XIX secolo: Primo comando è uno dei migliori romanzi storici di avventure sui mari che siano mai stati scritti.
- ISBN: 885024925X
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 396
This story posed a bugger of a ratings quandary for yours truly . While reading it I was bouncing around between everything from a bountiful 5 star rating for pure quality of writing, hefty historical detail and superbly drawn characters, all the way south to a skimpy 2 star for less than engaging pl Leggi tutto
The classic high seas adventure! In the year 1800, Jack Aubrey sits next Stephen Maturin at a musical performance in Port Mahon, Minorca, a base of the British Royal Navy in the Mediterranean Sea between Spain and Italy. They immediately rub each other the wrong way. Both are snappish because of oth Leggi tutto
Jack Aubrey the frustrated naval officer, at last after a long wait on shore receives his own ship to command the brig Sophie, but by the strange ways of the British Royal Navy called a sloop. The year 1800 Napoleon is unstoppable on land, but the British rule the Seas. In Port Mahon on the Mediterr Leggi tutto
You know, I've often been annoyed by the fact that so many times, I never get to experience something the way it was intended, or to its fullest. Because someone else always gets there first, and someone's else's eyes are always put in front of mine before I get the chance to do it for myself (I rec Leggi tutto
The music-room in the Governor’s House at Port Mahon, a tall, handsome, pillared octagon, was filled with the triumphant first movement of Locatelli’s C major quartet. The players … were playing with passionate conviction as they mounted towards the penultimate crescendo, towards the tremendous p Leggi tutto
"There was a bubbling furious excitement rising in his chest ; the waiting was over, this was the now itself." Patrick O'Brian `s Master and Commader is a masterfully narrated tale of the wonderful voyage of the Sophie and the friendship of Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and Dr. Stephen Maturin Leggi tutto
I grew up with C.S. Forester’ Hornblower books, which gave me a lifelong passion for both the sea and the navy of the long 18th century navy. It was this that attracted me to the work of Patrick O’Brian. I first picked up a copy of Master and Commander in the 1980s, and was immediately stuck by the Leggi tutto
Maybe it's a blasphemy, but I prefer the Aubrey-Maturin series to all others, even Holmes-Watson. Every book is packed to absolute straining with erudition, wit, history, and thunderous action. I read two books from the series every year - they're reliable standbys when I absolutely must read someth Leggi tutto
ii. I'm at it again, but this time I opened up my Aubrey-Maturin reread by listening. It took a month of commuting, but it was worth the time and the patience, and though I have gleaned no new insights into Master and Commander , my enjoyment of the audio experience was more than fulfilling enoug
I loved the film, and really, really wanted to love this book (with plans to go on and read others in the series) but with the exception of perhaps the first chapter, I found the first hundred pages to be sheer drudgery. O'Brian is obviously a brilliant writer and scholar, but the lengths to which h Leggi tutto
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