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Captain Horatio Hornblower Hardcover – June 1, 1939
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This is the seventh book in the eleven volume Hornblower Saga following Ship of the Line (Hornblower Saga). Hornblower had been is the captain of the two decker, seventy-four gun, Dutch Built, HMS Sutherland. Today, we would refer to this ship as a Ship of the Battle Line or Battle Ship
Some might consider the following to be spoilers
During the battle in the previous book Lieutenant Bush lost his foot and had to have a stump amputated. While I am not a physician, I have had substantial background in the health care field. It is obvious to me that the author has done some research on both amputations and rehabilitation (Physical Therapist might find those portions interesting (P.T. during the Napoleonic era).
The next book in this series is Commodore Hornblower (Hornblower, 9). I guess the titles give away some information. If Hornblower made Commodore things must have worked out rather well.
I really didn't expect to enjoy this volume as much as the first six. I'm not a big fan of a lot of introspection
As Plato asked, "...why should we not calmly and patiently review our own thoughts, and thoroughly examine and see what these appearances in us really are?"
My response to Plato is because it is typically boring to read about it.
I should have known better. The author interspersed plenty of action in the book and even included a little romance.
I highly recommend this book and the entire series to fans of adventure stories, naval historians, and French historians and to anybody who just wants to be entertained with good writing.
Gunner April, 2014
The book arrived in good time and in very good condition. -- Thank you -- JRG
But if you've enjoyed Patrick O'Brian, do not miss C.S. Forester's Hornblower tales. The setting is exactly the same; the method of operating is different. My guess is O'Brian set out to improve on Hornblower, and did so, by creating a much wider panoply of characters, both aboard ship and on land, and a more complete fictional configuration with the addition of the ship's surgeon who is an incipient naturalist as well as a spy for the British! Finally, O'Brian imbues his characters with the emotional and intellectual problems and challenges of the 20th century at times, which makes Aubrey and Maturin multi-dimensional and somehow much more real than Hornblower ever gets.
But for the pure pleasure of cinematic storytelling, where everything works out well, you can't beat Horatio Hornblower!
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