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Patrick O'Brian THE COMMODORE First Edition

Patrick O'Brian THE COMMODORE First Edition

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First US edition, first print hardback of THE COMMODORE by Patrick O'Brian and published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York in 1995. States 'First American Edition' and full numberline 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 on the copyright page. Jacket illustration by Geoff Hunt.

The book is in very good condition (Clean quarter bound blue cloth over white boards with gilt lettering on the spine) with only minor wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

Patrick O'Brian, CBE (1914 – 2000) was best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and centred on the friendship of English Naval Captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish– Catalan physician Stephen Maturin.

The 20-novel series is known for its well-researched and highly detailed portrayal of early 19th century life, as well as its authentic and evocative language. In addition to twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series, Patrick O'Brian's many books include Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore.

O'Brian also wrote acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and translated many works from the French, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Lacouture's biographies of Charles de Gaulle. He passed away in January 2000 at the age of 85.

This is the seventeenth novel in the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series of naval tales, which the New York Times Book Review has described as "the best historical novels ever written."

Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances.

For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous: his little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa Oakes.

Much of The Commodore takes place on land, in sitting rooms and in drafty castles, but the roar of the great guns is never far from our hearing. Aubrey and Maturin are sent on a bizarre decoy mission to the fever- ridden lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea to suppress the slave trade.

But their ultimate destination is Ireland. There the French are mounting an invasion that will test Aubrey's seamanship and Maturin's resourcefulness as a secret intelligence agent, and the climax of the story is one of those grand and thrilling fleet actions on which the supremacy of the British Navy was founded.

The subtle interweaving of these disparate themes is an achievement of pure storytelling by one of our greatest novelists.

281 pages. With an illustration of a Square-Rigged Ship and a terminology of the various sails.

ISBN: 0 393 03760 6

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