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Master and Commander

Aubrey/Maturin Novels

Patrick O'Brian (Author)

 

The beginning of the sweeping Aubrey-Maturin series. "The best sea story I have ever read."—Sir Francis Chichester

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: 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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 1990
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30705-4
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 464 pages
  • Volume(s): Book 1
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverMaster and Commander

    Hardcover

    Volume(s): Book 1

Endorsements & Reviews

“The best historical novels ever written.” — Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review

“Taken as a whole, the Aubrey-Maturin novels are by a long shot the best things of their kind…they are uniquely excellent.” — Terry Teachout, New York Times Book Review

“If there were seventeen more novels, I'd start today.” — Donald Graham, Wall Street Journal

“Patrick O'Brian can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time.” — Observer

“One does not get many pages into the Aubrey-Maturin sequence before falling under the spell of O'Brian's prose, which is…elegantly paced, quietly witty.” — Katherine A. Powers, Atlantic Monthly

“[The series shows] a joy in language that jumps from every page…you're in for a wonderful voyage.” — Cutler Durkee, People

“If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian.” — Time

“O'Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best we have.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A world of enchanting fictional surfaces.” — John Bayley, New York Review of Books

“Certain authors we read because they enlarge us, because they offer experience, wisdom, beauty of language, a sense of fate and the only defense, a sense of humor…To compare Patrick O'Brian with 'writers of sea stories' is to compare Proust to the ​Orchard Fancier's Quarterly​. O'Brian is literature. I am one of your surly pragmatical polyglot landlubbers, and I read him and reread him with awe and gratitude. His Aubrey-Maturin volumes are in effect one great book, and if I could keep only a half a dozen contemporary writers, O'Brian would be one of them.” — Stephen Becker

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