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The Truelove (Aubrey / Maturin Novels, Vol. 15) Paperback – July 17, 1993
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Clarissa Harvill is a cipher & altho Patrick O'Brian reveals more about her as the book draws to a close, there are still many things left unsaid in her interactions with the other crew members. Maybe this reviewer did not read carefully enough, but allusions and omissions regarding Clarissa sometimes left me confused. However, the pleasure of O'Brian's writing is such that, even tho I'm often a little lost when reading his books (especially when it comes to naval terms), I'm never bored.
This definitely should not be the first book in the Aubrey/Maturin series you pick up, but do pick it up once you've started following their adventures. You won't regret it!
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 ›
SPOILERS: Clarissa Oakes did not throw a baby down a well. Stephen offered her his protection and she offered up this hypothetical situation to test the genuiness of his offer. He already knew what her crime was and states it at one point in a letter to Blaine.
At the start of the novel, it was obvious Jack had contracted hepatitis, an acute, self-limiting illness whose chief symptom is profound exhaustion which Stephen treated by purging and bleeding and admonishing him not to sleep so much as he'll only grow fatter. That he survived this regimen while commanding his ship is a testimony to his fortitude for even a saint would have grown liverish; I believe Jack may be excused for being grumpy and not his usual sanguine self.
Also, women, in Jack's limited experience, were those delightful creatures one dallied with on shore. No one as damaged and poisonous as Clarissa has ever crossed his path, much less dropped into his little wooden world.Read more ›
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Another in the series about Jack Aubrey and Steven Maturin, the unlikely and most interesting traveling buddies ever. Read morePublished 5 days ago by H. Donesky
Long story, but this was the first of O'Brian's books that I picked up. This story is fairly light, with a few sad moments that don't bring the reader down without reprieve. Read morePublished 1 month ago by brain_spoon
Ending was exciting but also left you wanting to buy the next volume otherwise some interesting but gradual character developmentPublished 2 months ago by Paul Teas
This series is a great collection of books of the Napoleonic Wars related to the English Royal Navy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gmk
O'Brian is the best historical naval fiction writer of all time, period, full stop. I am re-reading the series, and I had lost this book. I shan't lose this one! Read morePublished 9 months ago by JohnOlsen