Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.
Still one of the best Napoleonic fiction series out there, with vivid descriptions of ships battles and everyday life, the only Problem is that Patrick O'brian died before... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Hagemeyer
This volume of books goes down as one of the all time great literature classics. I read the first book on a whim after seeing it in a used book store and having liked the Master... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pete D
Gift for my son-in-law. He is enjoying these books tremendously. Very informative and excellent quality publishing!Published 8 months ago by Tay
Tiny print, and very cheaply manufactured. I took one quick look and returned the set immediately...and received a $77.45 "refund." You should be ashamed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by George Frost