The Mauritius Command - Folio Society Edition

The Mauritius Command Folio Society Edition Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore s pennant there t

  • Title: The Mauritius Command - Folio Society Edition
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
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  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command, until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore s pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French held islands of Mauritius and La Reacute union But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captaCaptain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command, until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore s pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French held islands of Mauritius and La Reacute union But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains Lord Clonfert, a pleasure seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.

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    1. Patrick O'Brian

      Patrick O Brian s acclaimed Aubrey Maturin series of historical novels has been described as a masterpiece David Mamet, New York Times , addictively readable Patrick T Reardon, Chicago Tribune , and the best historical novels ever written Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review , which should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century George Will.Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O Brian s twenty volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician and spy Stephen Maturin The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e book format.In addition to the Aubrey Maturin novels, Patrick O Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture s biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherriere s memoir Papillon O Brian died in January 2000.The Aubrey Maturin Series on

    824 thoughts on “The Mauritius Command - Folio Society Edition”

    1. My love for these books seems boundless, almost paternal I feel harsh giving any of them anything but a 5 star rating and a kiss on the papery cheek. I'm trying to be objective, to take off my rose-colored glasses and view the work through someone else's eyes, someone who's not a hardcore fanboy, but goodness gracious, it's difficult.Giving it the old college try, let me begin with the negative then The Mauritius Command does not hold the passion of the first three books in Patrick O'Brian 20 vo [...]


    2. I do enter upon my rereadings of Patrick O'Brian books with an open mind. I am willing to give fewer than five stars to each book before I read it. However, at some point, sweeping down upon the blaggardly French under a great press of sail, foreboding the ruin of a tragically flawed officer, or smiling at Aubrey's sweet simplicity, it becomes impossible not to give it every star at my command.Mauritius Command is a particularly cohesive volume, more united in purpose than most, comprising as it [...]


    3. A delight as usual to dive into this 4th in the wonderfully addictive series about the British navy during the Napoleanic Wars. I gave myself the treat of coming back to this, which stands out as one of the best in the set of 16 that I read most of the distant past. Half or more of the pleasure comes from partaking in the special friendship between boyish and brave Captain Jack Aubrey and the more intellectual surgeon and spy, Stephen Maturin. The other reward lies in O’Brian’s portrayal of [...]


    4. "You cannot blame the bull because the frog burst: the bull has no comprehension of the affair"- Patrick O'Brian, The Mauritius CommandThis is my fourth Aubrey/Maturin novel (obviously) and I have yet to read one that I wasn't completely in love with. There is just too much to love about O'Brian's writing: his knowledge, his wit, his humor, his details, his affection for all his characters, his various digressions. Some of my favorites in this book:- Dr. Maturin's discussion with Mr. Farquhar an [...]


    5. [9/10]Still the best nautical adventure I've read in years, although this volume is slightly diferrent than the first three books. The change comes from a shift in focus from the developing friendship between Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, including their romantic entanglements on shore, to a greater portion of the book dedicated to actual naval battles. Until now the plot was basically Jack climbing slowly the ladder of command in the Navy, receiving a new ship, forging a battle-ready crew an [...]


    6. I'm bumping my rating of this up to five stars from four after my reread. Damn this is a fine addition to the Aubrey-Maturin series. There is genuine comfort in reading this book, and I think some of that comfort stems from Patrick O'Brian's comfort with his characters. O'Brian knows his men intimately by this fourth book, and he is able to let them live on their own, confident, it seems to me, that they will take him where they need to go.In this case, they take him to the Mauritius campaign of [...]


    7. All the main characters, Aubrey and Maturin included, faded into the background of The Mauritius Command, becoming a kind of landscape upon which the drama of Lord Clonfert played out. His was the story that most captured my attention this time through.Clonfert begins the tale as the captain of HMS Otter. He is a vain man. A handsome man who cuts a dashing figure in his finery. He has developed some bravery (after a shaky beginning to his career), is a "capital seaman" and has the loyalty of his [...]


    8. In previous books Mr. O'Brian has several times told us that he uses real ships and real battles for his fictional accounts. It's well known that he went to great lengths to make his stories ring with authenticity, reading the original logbooks of the vessels involved and the private papers of survivors. In this the fourth episode of his Aubrey-Maturin series, he takes this method to the extreme - his whole book, not only one or two battles, is based on a historical campaign, making for some ver [...]


    9. The fourth novel in this series is yet another masterful telling of seafaring adventure. This time, Captain Jack Aubrey opens the story at home, absent of a command and anxious to get back to sea once again. Fortunately his loyal friend and ship’s surgeon, Stephen Maturin arrives with orders that send them both off on a secret mission to the French-held islands of La Reunion and Mauritius off the coast of Madagascar. It’s a tough mission and while it runs its course, Aubrey gets to wear the [...]


    10. On this fourth or fifth reread, it occurred to me that my memory of this book has been of a lighter story. It isn’t “lite” at all; there is quite a bit of hard action, with complicated maneuvering, and complex characters. Tragedy as well, in an unexpected way. But it doesn’t reach the extreme emotional pitch of the third book, H.M.S. Surprise, so, coming after that intensity, this one has always seemed a bit of relief.I almost said comic relief, and indeed there is some of O’Brian’s [...]


    11. I have been so absorbed in these books that I keep forgetting to take time to review them in turn - aside from discussions and over-excited bouncing with mutual online friends who already know the series, that is.I love this series so much, for all the reasons I outlined in Master & Commander - the depth and breadth of O'Brian's knowledge and research is outstanding, breathtaking and yet the level of writing mastery he shows in his portrayal of character and plot makes these books utterly br [...]


    12. Less sailing details then the first few outings & for that Im grateful as each voyage & battle is a lot smoother. Dr Maturin & Commodore Aubrey as always steal the show. As the title tells us. We’re off to the Mauritius Isles and hunting down a French Fleet which has already captured a few Indiamen en route back to Britain with bountiful cargo. There are plenty of sea battles & quite a few reversible’s as the Royal Navy doesn’t always triumph Also land battles as the lobste [...]


    13. I'm cruising through Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series which comprises a mighty collection of enjoyable, well-researched yarns set at sea during the Napoleonic wars early in the nineteenth century. The connecting thread is the naval career of a John-Bull archetype, Captain Jack Aubrey, in the company of his best friend, ship's surgeon and an Admiralty spy, the cerebral, physically Gollum-like Stephen Maturin, obsessed with the study of nature and physiology, and woefully unlucky in love. T [...]


    14. At the end of the H.M.S. 'Surprise', Captain Jack Aubrey finally had the chance to marry his beloved and settle down into a little country cottage. The Muaritius Command begins with his bff Doctor Stephen Maturin visiting him and offering Jack an opportunity to go back to sea. Jack leaps at the chance, both to return to the profession he loves and to get away from his hectoring mother-in-law and lumpish twin infants. And even better than he'd expected--when Jack makes it to La Reunon, he finds t [...]


    15. Yes, yes, more galavanting on the high seas. Jack is commodore in a multi-ship campaign to seize Mauritius from the French. As with all these books so far, Jack has new command challenges, one of his subordinates is mysterious and troubling, and Stephen vacillates between urbane diplomacy, biological nerd out, and bitter invective. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. These books are truly more about the world and the characters than the plot, sort of like a video game. In this book, the "plot" is essent [...]


    16. Didn't want to put this one down. Lucky Jack Aubrey gets his first chance to act as commodore, tasked to overcome apparently superior Napoleonic defenders off the coast of Africa. Along the way, Aubrey has to manage a largely inferior group of commanders--one who's capable enough, but plagued by jealousy; another who torments his crew almost to the point of mutiny; and another whose stolidity is welcome, but whose lack of imagination threatens the mission. Meanwhile, Dr. Maturin, in his capacity [...]


    17. I've recently discovered Patrick O'Brian--I had picked upH.M.S. Surprise at a used book store or a garage sale about three years ago and finally read it a couple weeks ago. I have a friend who describes Patrick O'Brian as "Jane Austen for boys." I've long since exhausted my first reads of all Jane Austen, so it is nice to have a score or two of new first reads. Also nice to read what may have been happening on the other side of all that crossed correspondence that drives Austen's domestic plots. [...]


    18. I continue to love the Aubrey/Maturin series. The Mauritius command excels in further character development by contrasting both Aubrey and Maturin with other captains and medical men in a small fleet commanded by Jack to take on the French. It's exciting, fast-paced, and a great read. A worthy successor to Post Captain and H.M.S. Surprise.


    19. Running off to sea again with Lucky Jack Aubrey and his BFFF (and my imaginary boyfriend) Dr Stephen Maturin has been long overdue, and so it was with an eager hand that I opened The Mauritius Command. I wasn't disappointed as it turned out to be as rollicking good fun as its predecessors, even if I still don't know my mizen from my masthead.Having married his sweetheart, Sophie, and settled in a long-dreamed for cottage, The Mauritius Command finds Jack Aubrey on land and on half pay. His dream [...]


    20. Excellent like well all I've said about the series before. I particularly like the expansion of scope from purely naval actions to the complexities of an invasion.Reread 3-27-16: Upgraded from 4 stars to 5. Still amazing, this time though I find myself drawn much more to the personal narrative then the grand action set pieces. Especially Stephen Maturian, towards the end when he asks McAdam, fellow physician much given to maladies of the mind, about his own state:After a long pause he said, "McA [...]


    21. It strikes me as blackly amusing that the end of each Regency romance book--the happy clinch and fade to implied domestic bliss--leads directly to the opening of so many Age of Sail books--the hero chafing at the domestic life and yearning to escape and be at sea again.Jack Aubrey is a commodore in this story, which means he is in charge of leading several different ships. Much of the book is dedicated to the interpersonal difficulties dealing with disparate prickly, sensitive, or craven persona [...]


    22. This is an excellent episode in Patrick O'Brian's 'Aubreyiad,' and is so aptly titled. The Mauritius Command, is just that -- a study in command -- and as such, should be required reading for anyone in a position of command and authority. I would particularly recommend this for young military commissioned and/or non-commissioned officers, especially those in the sea-going services; and I would be surprised if this is not on a reading list for midshipman at the U.S. Naval and Coast Guard Academie [...]


    23. The fourth book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Languishing at home on half pay, Jack is unexpectedly given a commission to go as acting Commodore to the Cape of Good Hope, where he will direct a small squadron to take the French-held islands of Mauritius and Reunion. The captains under Jack’s command are slightly jealous, but they are motivated primarily by their differing natures, whether harsh taskmasters or eager to please and ineffective. After some easy victories, helped along by Stephen [...]


    24. Even though this was based on a real historical naval engagement, there was more telling than showing compared to the previous novels. I also missed the Aubrey/Maturin conversations as the two were often apart. Jack, also being a Commodore, was forced to be more distant to his crew due his rank. I missed his relationships with his sailors/crew when he was a Captain on a frigate.Still, this had the best quote I have seen so far!Jack: the coffee has a damned odd tasteStephen: this I attribute to t [...]


    25. I listened to this story twice and I cannot figure out what I want to say about it. It is just as well written as the others I listened to and as well narrated, but different. Jack is elevated to the rank of commodore and is in charge of a fleet of ships trying to capture French ships. Some new characters are introduced, none of them really stellar, but they have an impact on the story. It was an interesting study of ship captains and how they treated their crews and how Jack, as the commodore, [...]


    26. I was expecting a bit more from this one, but I can't quite put my finger on why I didn't enjoy it as much as I know I should have. Oh well, it's not important. Onward to the next in the seriesListened to the unabridged audiobook, narrated by Patrick Tull.


    27. Another excellent episode in this wonderful 20 novel series. Here, Jack has to manage the captains in his squadron for the first time, as well as army troops:"Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command—until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are comp [...]


    28. I decided to 'read' this book again, though I listened to it on audio book this time around. I really enjoyed hearing the characters talk. The opening sequence at Jack's home goes a lot faster this way, and I found it more to my liking. Hearing Jack exclaim, "The bastard!" when he's told a needed-at-the-moment crew member is drunk is another one.Altogether, I enjoy hearing the humor out loud.


    29. Copia&Incolla dal mio blogVerso Mauritius è il quarto romanzo della serie di Aubrey e Maturin ed è quello che mi ha fatto patire di più! :DAubrey, dopo un periodo forzato a terra a mezza paga e la solita sfortuna che lo accompagna quando non è per mare, ottiene il comando della Boadicea con gli ordini di recarsi al Capo di Buona Speranza, per poi dirigersi verso Mauritius per conquistare l'isola e porre fine alle scorribande delle navi da guerra francesi. Giunto al Capo, Aubrey riceve da [...]


    30. In this installment of the series, Aubrey and Maturin sail to Mauritius to take on French as Napoleon continues to wreak havoc throughout Europe. I'm reading this series in order (too slowly), and of the four, I'd say this is one that a new reader could probably jump into without having read the others and not be too lost. Most of the recurring characters are given a short introduction (O'Brien does this well--it doesn't become tedious), and there's less of the sub-plots going on that made H.M.S [...]


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