Master and Commander

by Patrick O'Brian | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0006499155 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ULRK of București, Wallachia Romania on 7/7/2012
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ULRK from București, Wallachia Romania on Saturday, July 07, 2012
I decided that my 500th book must be one of my all time favorites:

This is the first adventure of Jack Aubrey & Steven Maturin, the captain and the surgeon/spy.

In the first decade of the nineteenth century, Leutenant Jack Aubrey is promoted to his first command of a warship, the sloop "Sophie". He befriends an eccentric physician, Stephen Maturin, and convinces him to sail as ship's surgeon. What follows is a sort of odyssey, a linear narrative as the Sophie cruises the Mediterranean, capturing cargo ships and fighting French and Spanish warships.
O'Brian has a wonderful, mature prose, a spare style that omits repetitious detail while allowing characters and events to describe themselves and leaving the minutiae to the reader's imagination. His complete ease with nineteenth century maritime affairs, from the idiom to the equipment is wholly convincing, yet never patronizing. Readers familiar with neither the sea nor the era will be swept along for the ride. Aubrey is heroic, but three-dimensional. He is flawed and sometimes unlikable, courageous yet occasionally frustratingly inept. Other characters are drawn with equal attention to detail and humanity.

Traveling as book ring to
1. Trinibell (GER)
2. Suzanne4Books (GER)
3. penelopewanders(CH)
4. Rrrcaron (USA)
5. chesswally (GER)
6. lavandia (GER)

And the best: There are 19 more volumes to read...

1 Master & Commander
2 Post Captain
3 H.M.S. Surprise
4 The Mauritius Command
5 Desolation Island
6 The Fortune of War
7 The Surgeon's Mate
8 The Ionian Mission
9 Treason's Harbour
10 The Far Side of the World
11 The reverse of the Medal

Journal Entry 2 by ULRK at Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, August 31, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (9/1/2012 UTC) at Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg Germany


Crossed the equator during Bookcrossing Meetup Heidelberg

Journal Entry 3 by wingTrinibellwing at Calw, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, September 02, 2012
The Master travelled along with me to the black forest...

Journal Entry 4 by wingTrinibellwing at Calw, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Saturday, February 16, 2013
Weiter geht die Reise zu suzanne4books.

Journal Entry 5 by Susammelsurium at Hamburg - Barmbek, Hamburg Germany on Monday, February 18, 2013
Arrived safe & sound today – will be next in line! Thanks!

Update, March 4th 2013: Patrick O'Brian, the Aubrey/Maturin series and me: This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship! It's narration, atmosphere, details of seemanship and sailing – I simply love it. Together with Stephen Maturin, who is new to naval life, the reader boards the sloop "Sophie" and thus learns about both Jack Aubrey's and the British Royal Navy's world. Because I liked the movie "Master and Commander" so much I bought a coffee-table book named "Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated Companion to Jack Aubrey's World" some time ago. This helped a lot, as well as my own experiences on board a square-rigged tallship. Otherwise most of the sailing part would have been totally lost to me...

I am very much looking forward to reading all the other parts of the series!

Heute gut angekommen – wird alsbald gelesen werden! Dank dafür!

Nachtrag, 4. 3. 2013: Patrick O'Brian, die Aubrey/Maturin-Reihe und ich: der Beginn einer wundervollen Freundschaft! Der Stil, die Atmosphäre, die Details über Seemanöver und Seemanschaft – ich liebe es. Zusammen mit Stephen Maturin, für den das Leben auf See komplettes Neuland ist, betritt der Leser die "Sophie" und lernt so Jack Aubreys Welt und die der British Royal Navy kennen. Weil mir schon der Film "Master und Commander" so gut gefallen hatte, hatte ich mir seinerzeit den Bildband "Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated Companion to Jack Aubrey's World" angeschafft. Das Buch war sehr hilfreich, ebenso wie meine eigene Erfahrung an Bord eines Rahseglers. Ansonsten wäre der seglerische Part wohl komplett an mir vorbeigegangen...

Ich freue mich sehr auf alle weiteren Teile der Serie!

Journal Entry 6 by Susammelsurium at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 25, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (3/25/2013 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases


Captain Jack Aubrey sticht heute wieder in See! Mast- & Schotbruch!

Captain Jack Aubrey is setting sails again today! Fair winds!

Journal Entry 7 by Rrrcaron at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Received this book in the mail today. Have 1 to finish and 1 to read, then this will be next....

After a safe return home the Commander will now start a second journey to
5. chesswally (GER)
6. lavandia (GER)

Journal Entry 9 by chesswally at Vaihingen (Enz), Baden-Württemberg Germany on Saturday, July 13, 2013
Arrived safely today...I'm looking forward to reading it.

When the book was offered here in the German Forum I immediately remembered a TV series in the 70ies called "Die Onedin-Linie". The main topic were sailing ships, too, but commercial ones. They had nothing to do with the Royal Navy, but nevertheless I was fascinated and now it is the same: Long ago...the life on a ship....dangerous fighting ... having adventures .... but never never I would have wished to be part of it ;-). I enjoyed reading the book and I'm looking forward to the next part. But to be honest, I think I'm going to do some research in order to understand some special naval things better.

Released 7 yrs ago (9/2/2013 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Baden-Württemberg Germany


Travelling to the next reader.

Journal Entry 11 by Lavandia at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Friday, September 06, 2013
This book from Master and Commander is safely invested in my shelf harbour ^^

Will read it next.

Journal Entry 12 by Lavandia at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Friday, October 04, 2013
Nice book^^

Thank you for sharing ;)

Journal Entry 13 by Lavandia at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Friday, October 04, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (10/4/2013 UTC) at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany


I´ll send it back to the owner ^^

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