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The Letter of Marque (Vol. Book 12) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) Hardcover – August 17, 1990
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Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Rereading all the books confirmed that O'Brian is a superb writer and that his ability to evoke the past is outstanding. O'Brian has numerous gifts as a writer. He is the master of the long, careful description, and the short, telling episode. His ability to construct ingenious but creditable plots is first-rate, probably because he based much of the action of his books on actual events. For example, some of the episodes of Jack Aubrey's career are based on the life of the famous frigate captain, Lord Cochrane. O'Brian excels also in his depiction of characters. His ability to develop psychologically creditable characters through a combination of dialogue, comments by other characters, and description is tremendous. O'Brien's interest in psychology went well beyond normal character development, some books contain excellent case studies of anxiety, depression, and mania.
Reading O'Brien gives vivid view of the early 19th century. The historian Bernard Bailyn, writing of colonial America, stated once that the 18th century world was not only pre-industrial but also pre-humanitarian (paraphrase).Read more ›
In the twelfth of Patrick O'Brian's wonderful series of twenty naval adventures, a combination of luck, adherence to honor, and determination turn Jack Aubrey's fortunes. The HMS Surprise is sold out of the service - to Maturin, whose intelligence activities continue in Britain and promise a voyage to South America. First, though, Aubrey undertakes two voyages as a privateer, under a "letter of marque", which combined with Maturin's unmasking of a spy, restore his reputation. Maturin's private reputation has similarly suffered from false gossip about his doings in Malta (in "Treason's Harbour"), and he must similarly seek redemption in a typically private way. So, Maturin travels to Sweden to reconcile with his wife. This gives occasion for the reappearance of the Blue Peter diamond, and further exploration of Maturin's complicated relationship with Diana.
"The Letter of Marque" closes the book on many of setbacks that Aubrey and Maturin suffered recently, leaving them reunited, restored, and with their decks otherwise cleared for action in succeeding volumes. As always, O'Brian's writing is intelligent, informed, and full of wonderful historical nuance.
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I'm a great fan of these novels. Have read them all more than once.Published 1 month ago by William J. Davis
There is no equal to Patrick O'Brian. Wonderful depth and intricacy of character development.Published 1 month ago by John M. Tobias
I intend to read the entire series of Patrick O'Brian's novels and love the story. I have learned so many things about sailing in the 18th century and customs by reading the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DarrellC
This series is a great collection of books of the Napoleonic Wars related to the English Royal Navy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by gmk
Yet another outstanding chronicle in the Aubrey/Maturin series.Published 6 months ago by Lionel Owner