Master and Commander (häftad)
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40th Anniversary edition
Winner of Heywood Hill Literary Prize 1995
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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210 x 135 x 25 mm
296 g
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Master and Commander (häftad)

Master and Commander

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Häftad Engelska, 1996-10-01
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In this, the first of Patrick O'Brian's much lauded Aubrey-Maturin novels, discover a vibrant world conjured by a master storyteller, rich with detail and character. 1800. Napoleon Bonaparte is the biggest threat to peace yet seen. Newly promoted to command of his first ship, Captain Jack Aubrey, along with his crew, and new friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, must patrol a Mediterranean fraught with peril but rich with rewards. A glimpse of white sails on the horizon could mean a prize to be taken - or a fight for survival. 'In Aubrey and Maturin, Patrick O'Brian has created two of the most enjoyable characters in twentieth-century fiction. One of the greatest authors to sail with.' MICHAEL PALIN 'There are two types of people in the world: Patrick O'Brian fans, and people who haven't read him yet.' LUCY EYRE, Guardian
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  1. Patrick O'Brian tar berättelserna om British Navy's...
    Tom Dahlstedt, 30 augusti 2013

    Patrick O'Brian tar berättelserna om British Navy's sjökrig mot Napoleon et consortes till en högre nivå. Efter att ha avverkat Forester, Kent, Pope, Meacham och Kelso, blev jag trefaldigt glad när jag träffade på O'Brians första bok om Aubrey & Maturin. Dels över den höga ambitionsnivån han har (och hur obesvärat han når den) när det gäller detaljbeskrivningar, dialog, historisk anpassning och trovärdighet, dels över att ha hunnit med övriga författare i genren utan att ha läst O'Brian (för ... Läs hela recensionen

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'If O'Brian's novels have become a cult, this is because they are truly addictive. . . They are, quite magnificently, adventure yarns whose superb authenticity never distracts from the sheer thrill of the action.' Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph 'The Aubrey-Maturin novels, by Patrick O'Brian, are so addictive that after I finish one I have to hide the next from myself for a little while in order to do anything else but read.' Louise Erdrich 'In Aubrey and Maturin, Patrick O'Brian has created two of the most enjoyable characters in twentieth-century fiction. Their relationship sustains an absorbing and thrilling sequence of naval stories, unrivalled in their complexity, full of impeccable detail and psychological insight. O'Brian switches from the intimate to the epic with equal assurance. One of the greatest authors to sail with.' Michael Palin 'My hero is Patrick O'Brian. It's basically impossible to write that well.' David Mamet 'One of the most compelling and brilliant novelists of his time . . . Beyond his superbly elegant writing, wit and originality, Patrick O'Brian showed an understanding of the nature of a floating world at the mercy of the wind and the sea which has never been surpassed.' Max Hastings, Evening Standard 'I devoured Patrick O'Brian's twenty-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog.' Christopher Hitchens 'Written with most engaging enthusiasm that can't fail to give pleasure to anybody who enjoys historical adventure flavoured with more than a dash of realism.' The Sunday Times 'One of the most brilliantly sustained pieces of historical fictional writing this century.' James Teacher, Spectator 'Patrick O'Brian brings depth to his sea-stories with outstanding dialogue, characterisation, humour and a golden thread of romance. You don't have to love books about naval battles to become entranced.' Katie Fforde

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Patrick O'Brian was born in 1914 and published his first book, Caesar, when he was only fifteen. In the 1960s he began work on the idea that, over the next four decades, evolved into the twenty-novel long Aubrey-Maturin series (with an extra unfinished volume published posthumously). In 1995 he was awarded the CBE, and in 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. He died in January 2000 at the age of eighty-five.