5.0 out of 5 stars Post Captain
I found the second book in the series to be difficult to put down. The writing flowed better for me (in the first book, 'Master and Commander', I seriously considered the possibility of an adverse brain event as I found myself reading the same sentence many times to really comprehend the meaning!) However, there are many excellent reviews here, so I just want to add that...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Post Captain
Though I'm not a sailor or a seaman, either would be an asset to reading this material. Though a good tail, it gets list in the "heing and sheing" that is suppose to amount to a romantic something or other.
This work spends more in long distance, mid distance, and short distance relationships then any ACTION. All gets lost in slang and jargon that, at least...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Post Captain,
This review is from: Post Captain #2 (Paperback)Though I'm not a sailor or a seaman, either would be an asset to reading this material. Though a good tail, it gets list in the "heing and sheing" that is suppose to amount to a romantic something or other.
This work spends more in long distance, mid distance, and short distance relationships then any ACTION. All gets lost in slang and jargon that, at least for this reader places the book in the realm or work rather then enjoyment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Captain,
This review is from: Post Captain #2 (Paperback)I found the second book in the series to be difficult to put down. The writing flowed better for me (in the first book, 'Master and Commander', I seriously considered the possibility of an adverse brain event as I found myself reading the same sentence many times to really comprehend the meaning!) However, there are many excellent reviews here, so I just want to add that these books are meant to be savored. O'Brian really knows how to evoke beautiful imagery of the marriage between wind and sail, man and sea. He isn't afraid to reveal the very human qualities, and bitter dsappointments of his characters, and I found myself feeling embarrassment, anger and joy, as events unfolded. I also found myself laughing out loud (disconcerting in a bus load of people, haha). Can't wait to read the next book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story -- O'Brian reaches a first peak . . .,
5.0 out of 5 stars Early, classic Aubrey-Maturin,
For the fanatic O'Brian fan (I am one) this book is especially interesting to re-read, since several of the dimensions of the characters, especially Maturin, are slightly at odds with later versions. For example, in one diary passage, Maturin waxes eloquent (and accurate) about the specific arrangement of sails as a convoy weighs anchor -- something he would never do in the later books, when he has become hopelessly ignorant about all things nautical.
These books are in the rare category of those classics that are a page-turning excitement to read when first encountered, and remain similarly exciting if read again and again, constantly revealing new subtleties of character and incident.
One of the great things about the books is O'Brian's periodic indirect explanation of certain expressions that have passed into the vernacular, and are used in contexts far removed from their nautical roots -- for example, "the devil to pay" or "we were at loggerheads", or...I've forgotten the rest. I guess I'll have to read the books again, and so should you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Sophomore Outing For Aubrey And Maturin,
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen and sea-battles,
It is nothing for me to turn up at work after listening to a chapter or two, my words all antique, my phraseology rolling like the ocean, and my heart full of good cheer.
This second book of "the Aubreyad" is the most like Jane Austen's genteel tales of manners in the England of two centuries past. There are grand houses, elderly admirals, single young naval officers possessed of fortunes, and delightful young ladies. Romance is in the air before the book is fairly begun.
And yet there is another side, or rather sides. War and battle and financial problems interfere with the grand pursuit of love. Humour is everpresent, in the language, characters, settings and ships. The incompetent footpad who writes out an incredible recruiting poster. The scene with the bear. The verbal abuse in the middle of a battle of a sweet young lady disguised as a ship's boy.
It is also a complex maze of relationships. We do not meet Molly Harte again, but we encounter her cuckolded husband and his hatred of Jack Aubrey. The wonderful Diana Villiers makes her first appearance in these pages, eventually resulting in a severe quarrel between Captain Jack and his "particular friend" Stephen Maturin. Sir Joseph Blaine, the master of British Naval Intelligence and a rare collector of beetles plays a discreet game in the bureaucratic corridors of the Admiralty.
And there is action a-plenty at sea. Battles and chases, rigging and running, storms and ships.
Just open the book and you will be part of the crew.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of All Twenty Aubrey Books,
This second book focuses on developing the Maturin character as a spy; a sophisticated man of wealth, background, and education; a lifelong drug addict; and a nerdy womanizer - sort of an 19th century cross between James Bond and Bill Gates.
Chapter 4 is the most bizarre chapter in the entire series. I am still going on the assumption that the escape-across-France-in-a-bear-costume was really just another opium vision of Maturin's.
The books that follow this one vary greatly in quality of plot; some are excellent, some seem to be virtually plotless narratives, but all are worth reading. Still, book 2 stands head and shoulders above all the rest.
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicate hand at history,
And in fact, one gains a rich and carefully-crafted vision of the times and the customs of 1803 England, just before and after the breaking of the Peace of Amiens. Though the novel is imbued with history, you needn't refer to a textbook if your recall is rusty - O'Brian takes you there, he shows rather than tells, and in the end you'll feel like you'd lived through the historical moment in question, along with the good Captain and his faithful Doctor. A very pleasant way to take your history.
I especially liked the part where Aubrey finds a dermoid, carefully concealed in Maturin's pistol holster! What a character!
4.0 out of 5 stars Post Captain,
Unlike the first Aubrey/Maturin work, which concentrated almost exclusively on the sea and port life, Post Captain is better paced. When the major naval engagement takes place well over halfway through the book, the reader has been carefully set up for the dramatic change in rhythm. After hundreds of pages that dwelled increasing upon the human flaws of a declining Jack Aubrey, I found myself quite moved by the gripping depiction of heroism and personal recovery in the face of bad luck and poor judgement; a metaphor for real life. We can see in Jack Aubrey's fearless and selfless behavior under stress what we would like to believe lies hidden within ourselves, waiting for the opportunity, perhaps in a crisis situation, where we can, in flash, redeem all our past weakness and failure.
I look forward to many more in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! - One bite and you're hooked,
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Post Captain #2 by Patrick O'Brian (Paperback - Dec 5 1996)
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