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The Golden Ocean Paperback – October 17, 1996
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You few million Aubrey/Maturin addicts out there will love this book as well as any of the seventeen in the Aubrey/Maturin series. You'll notice that his superb writing skill was wholly present then as now, treating us to every human emotion in his uniquely masterful style. I've heard him compared to Conrad in his ability to describe the terror of an ocean run amuck, ravaging those small ships,the desp! ! erate efforts of the mariners to save their ships -- and themselves, sometimes successful, sometimes not. But after going back to Conrad for a fresh look at his work, my opinion is that O'Brian excels him.
Following this brilliant work is The Unknown Shore, O'Brian's account of what might have happened to the survivors of one -- or was it two? -- ships in Anson's fleet that were wrecked during the voyage.
In The Golden Ocean, as in all of O'Brian's stories, the characters live and breathe, love and hate, are often courageous but sometimes are not, often behave as we would wish but occasionally veer off the straight and narrow. Above all, though, they are always true to their individual characters.Read more ›
For me the experience of reading this book is a Microcosm of the Aubry/Maturin series, in the beginning I wasn't sure I would enjoy or even stick with it, but shortly I would find I couldn't put it down and was sad to see it end. I would recommend this book with the caveat that if you like it you'll love the Aubry/Maturin series.
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too much detailed trivia about the characters. Lost interest before the book really got started.Published 10 days ago by John
If you loved the Aubrey/Maturin series, then this book is a must purchase. If you haven't read that series, then this might be a little difficult to jump into. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott Cooper
A good introduction to the 1700's British navy by Pat O'Brian who is probably one of the best writer of English language historical novels ever. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Johan H.
A good tale, but I wish it had a sequel with this character. (Yes, I know that "Master and Commander" soon followed, but that was with another set of characters.)Published 6 months ago by Charles H. Courtney
Surprisingly good for O'Brian's early effort at adventure writing. I loved each and every one f the Aubrey/Maturin series and "The Golden Ocean" took me away on a wonderful... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel C. Cunningham
After reading the entire Aubrey/Maturin series, I was hoping The Golden Ocean would be written in the same type of writing style. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SY
Next time the Cap'n sends ye aloft to the masthead, have the Kindle version of this fine novel stashed in yer skivvies, shipmate. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Boukis Miliecus