Master and Commander

Master and Commander

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Tie-in edition to the major film coming next Spring from Fox. Starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind) as Stephen Maturin. Directed by Peter Weir.

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O'Brian's portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly.

This brilliant historical novel marked the debut of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 125 x 142 x 24mm | 143g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged Film tie-in edition
  • 0007160852
  • 9780007160853
  • 1,056,698

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"Treat yourself: buy the tapes" Irish Times 7/6/97

`...full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein... Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.'
James Hamilton- Paterson

`You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O'Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.'
Kevin Myers, Irish Times
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About Patrick O'Brian

Patrick O'Brian, until his death in 2000, was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He is the author of many other books including Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime's contribution to literature. In the same year he was awarded the CBE. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. He lived for many years in South West France and he died in Dublin in January 2000.
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35,890 ratings
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4 35% (12,443)
3 17% (6,193)
2 5% (1,670)
1 2% (572)

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â€~Master and Commander' was for me a very good read. I didn't see the movie but it brought Patrick O'Brian's tales of Aubrey and Maturin to my attention given my interest in the history of exploration and my love of the sea and sailing. The strength of the main characters, in particular the mystery surrounding Maturin, the exacting descriptions of the places, flora and fauna, and the rollicking adventures and sea stories caught me up in the excitement, danger and humour to the last page. I am now half-way through â€~Post Captain'!show more
by Christina P
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