The fifteenth Aubrey-Maturin novel in which Jack finds himself re-united with the Surprise, but dangerously out of touch with his crew
All the elements that have made Patrick O’Brian’s astonishing series one of the most highly praised works in contemporary fiction are here in ‘Clarissa Oakes’ – the narrative grip, the impeccable ear for dialogue, the humour and the unsurpassed capacity to create and recreate a rich and true friendship between two men in the late eighteenth-century.
Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime’s experience he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking. They know, as he does not, that the Surprise has a stranger aboard: and what they, for their part, do not know is that the stranger is potentially as dangerous as a light in the powder magazine itself.
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‘Full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein … Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.' James Hamilton-Paterson
'You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O'Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.' Kevin Myers, Irish Times
'In a highly competitive field it goes straight to the top. A real first-rater.' Mary Renault
'I never enjoyed a novel about the sea more. It is not only that the author describes the handling of a ship of 1800 with an accuracy that is as comprehensible as it is detailed, a remarkable feat in itself. Mr O'Brian's three chief characters are drawn with no less depth of sympathy than the vessels he describes, a rare achievement save in the greatest writers of this genre. It deserves the widest readership.' Irish TimesReview:
'He writes with humour, irony and an eye for those telling details that give you a man in a moment.' (Sunday Times)
'Few books so entertaining and readable are based on such strong research and grasp of human nature. One moment you laugh aloud at comedy rooted in character, and the next, storming adventure or danger grips you by the throat ...' (The Daily Mail)
'What is so gripping about O’Brian’s novels is the completeness with which he invents a world which is our own and not our own ... O’Brian is a brilliant observer.' (Evening Standard)
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007275587
Book Description Harper Perennial, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007275587