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Master and commander / Patrick O'Brian.

By: O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000.
Contributor(s): Judd, Alan. Winning post at last.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: O'Brian, Patrick, Aubrey/Maturin novels: 1.; Aubrey / Maturin: 1.Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2002Description: 407 : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0006499155 (pbk.); 9780006499152 (pbk.).Other title: Master & commander [Cover title].Subject(s): Aubrey, Jack (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Maturin, Stephen (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Sea stories.DDC classification: OBR
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Set sail for the read of your life ... Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O'Brian's portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly. This brilliant historical novel marked the début of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever, the author of what Alan Judd, writing in the Sunday Times, has described as 'the most significant extended story since Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time'.

Includes: The winning post at last / Alan Judd.

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Excerpt provided by Syndetics

Here is the maiden voyage of O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, which follows the unique friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. O'Brian renders in riveting detail the life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.Patrick O'Brian can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time. --Observer Excerpted from Master and Commander: Book by Patrick O'Brian All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.