H.M.S. Surprise - Folio Society Edition

H M S Surprise Folio Society Edition Amid sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent explore ships of the East India Company Aubrey is on the defensive pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiori

  • Title: H.M.S. Surprise - Folio Society Edition
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
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  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Amid sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent explore ships of the East India Company Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority Somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

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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

    285 thoughts on “H.M.S. Surprise - Folio Society Edition”

    1. My favorite of the first three novels and perhaps of the entire series! HMS Surprise deftly combines the best aspects of the first two books. Love, friendship and war. Frankly, there's so much going on it's hard to believe O'Brian fits it all in comfortably!The amazing thing about this book is how it takes you on a ride around the world, touching base in England, the Mediterranean, Africa, South America, India and the South Pacific islands. All of this lush scenery is a joy to behold in O'Brian' [...]


    2. “Surely man in general is born to be oppressed or solitary, if he is to be fully human” ― Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise“Jack, you have debauched my sloth.” ― Patrick O'Brian, H.M.S. SurpriseSo, I am now three books into the Aubrey/Maturin series and the books are only getting better. Master and Commander and Post Captain were 459 to 527 pages respectively, and I wouldn't fault a page. However, now it seems O'Brian has trimmed and edited these books down to the sub-400 page range and [...]


    3. 3 – 3.5 starsAs the rating attests I enjoyed this book, but I am not sure if I will ever be one of the rabid legion of fans enamoured of Patrick O’Brian’s work. I certainly enjoyed this book much more than I did Master and Commander which, quite frankly, I found opaque and uninteresting. I also skipped over the second book in the series since Aubrey and Maturin on land worrying about their love lives didn’t really seem like the next best point to re-try getting into the series. For some [...]


    4. Thus to the Eastern wealth through storms we go;But now, the Cape once doubled, fear no more:A constant trade-wind will securely blow,And gently lay us on the spicy shore. HMS Surpriseis the name of the latest command of Captain Jack Aubrey, a frigate with a ragtag crew sent on a solitary mission to the Indian Ocean. The book debuts with a messy affair involving Doctor Aubrey Maturin who is betrayed by his own side and tortured by the French in Minorca and the ususal financial troubles for Jack [...]



    5. I like listening to this book better than reading it, I think. This one is steeped in the emotional lives of Jack and Stephen. It's the first that really starts showing us how deeply these men feel about each other and the others they care about, and hearing it rather than reading it adds a level of intimacy that increases the novel's emotional satisfaction. It opens with Stephen's torture at the hands of the French, and Jack's daring rescue. Captain Jack cares for his wounded friend with a tend [...]


    6. In praising Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin books I am on well-trodden ground. In a sense, it is superfluous to do so: so many people, of such varied and excellent taste, have praised these books to the skies that further lauds from the modest likes of me are hardly necessary. Still, I'm glad to add my words. These stories concern Jack Aubrey, a ship captain in the English Navy at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and his great friend Stephen Maturin, an Irish-Catalan doctor and spy who in the f [...]


    7. This, the third of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, gave me great pleasure in reading. This came surely in part by again meeting the old, well-loved figures of the previous two books. It's true too that this is my third reading of the series as a whole, so a kind of nostalgia was partly in play. However that was certainly not all there was to it.This book includes some extremely harrowing as well as uplifting sections, as well as O'Brian's usual streak of humor. We have more of Maturin t [...]


    8. Quite possibly the finest of the entire 20-volume Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, partly because the character of Stephen Maturin is so ruthlessly exposed. First, his attachment to Diana Villiers comes to a head. Second, his utter devastation after the death of Dil. And, finally, his duel with Canning and self-surgery afterwards. Top that with the Surprise's brilliant action against Linois to save the China Fleet and Aubrey's reattachment to Sophie, and you have a truly wondrous work. [...]


    9. I'm not going to add all twenty O'Brians here, because I don't really have individual reviews for them. . . . All twenty just stand in my mind as one long reading experience of near-unalloyed pleasure. But H.M.S. SURPRISE was an especial favorite among those twenty, featuring Jack's first journey on the Surprise, Stephen's first (?) major betrayal by Diana, a duel, and of course the debauched sloth.


    10. It's my second time through H.M.S. 'Surprise', and I am surprised to discover that I am ever so slightly disappointed. The narrative of H.M.S. 'Surprise' felt a little uneven this time through, and despite a breathless second act and an emotional denouement, I put it back on my shelf a little disappointed.This disappointment feels strange, though, because there is so much that I love in the story. The opening debate over the Spanish gold -- prize money won at the end of Post Captain -- is a fasc [...]


    11. The opening scene of "HMS Surprise" — which pits the venerable spymaster Sir Joseph Blain against the incompetent new First Lord of the admiralty and a cohort of greedy, politicking officials — is a study in what makes Patrick O'Brian perhaps the greatest genre novelist of all time and one of the premiere prose stylists of the 20th century.With an economy and subtlety that are dazzling, he is able to lay bare the souls of both institutions and individuals in a way that reveals how intricatel [...]


    12. Noone can write naval battles as good as O'Brian. Love this book alot, despite the silly Stephen and his doomed devotion to Diana Villiers. Jack, you rock! Now I really have to finish the rest of the series. Beat the quarters!


    13. The first six chapters of Patrick O’Brian’s H.M.S. Surprise read a lot like Post Captain; they largely carry on the story from that book, the humorous plot threads as well as the poignant.Jack and Stephen contrast so perfectly. There is no neutral, passionless moment. Jack continues to be central to splendid action scenes; the sea-battle against Linois at the end is breathtakingly vivid and evocative—the moreso as Stephen is playing his cello, a single melodic voice, through the relentless [...]


    14. I envision O'Brian writing languidly day and night among a midden of dusty, open, clothbound primary-source naval literature, a fire greedily stoked, and a single-bulb desklamp under which he pensively hunts and cross references ancient medical and nautical terms. O'Brian's at his best when his mind is at sea. Unfortunately, once again, Patrick O'Brian restrains his wonderful gift of describing nautical action, and instead develops the relationship between Captain Jack Aubrey and surgeon Stephen [...]


    15. Here's how Patrick O'Brian ropes you into these books:Make the beginning and the end so good, so ridiculously compelling, that you completely forget about the bombastic, flowery, tediously overwrought writing throughout much of the middle. I enjoy the hell out of these audio books, but I have a feeling that if I had to actually sit down and read them, I'd go a little insane and possibly hoarse from screaming, 'OH MY GOD GET ON WITH IT ARE YOU KIDDING ME SHUT UP'. Brevity was not the author's str [...]


    16. I enjoyed it, but there didn't seem to be as much exciting stuff as in the previous two books. But for all that, The first part was very strong in the Aubrey/Maturin friendship as Jack braves an enemy port to rescue Stephen from a torture chamber, and Stephen's slow recovery back somewhat to his old self. Of course not all goes well, as Diana Villiers appears on the scene once again to take Stephen's heart and dash it onto the floor a few times and stomp on it for good measure. (I really do not [...]


    17. Yes, back to Aubrey-Maturin. I'm starting to understand the technical bits with yards and studdingsails and mizzentops. I know a definition for the word "pooped" that has nothing to do feces or fatigue. This, I think, is quite sad. But an excellent installment, several source scenes for the movie, including Stephen operating on himself, and Jack's initials at the foretop. Best quote ever: "Jack, you have debauched my sloth." Funny words: superfetation (= accretion), vatinication (foresee, prophe [...]


    18. This time Aubrey and Maturin make a long and difficult passage from Brazil to India, venturing close to Antarctica in the process. Albatrosses, storms at sea, a great battle against the French in an attempt to protect a East Indian merchant fleet, and a strong cast of supporting characters make this a great read with some moments of deep sadness. "I am of her caste" was a line that brought me to tears, and the focus on Stephen's internal life (which Jack is often not privy to, or truly able to c [...]


    19. I think I could be content with never reading another one of these wonderful stories, but I would not be happy! Number three was another 10 for me! I love those salty old sailors and Captain Aubrey's friendship with Doctor Maturin is such a highlight of the stories. The Doctor's role as an intelligence man is expanded and Jack has to go rescue him and all of the crew volunteers to go! A shocking duel and the Doctor operates on himself. Wow! Jack stays by his side and nurses him through it all. J [...]


    20. Not literature, but a lot of fun.Too much back story in the first chapter, though disguising it as an Admiralty board hearing softened the blow.As usual eyeball deep in nineteenth century naval terminology, but enough human interest to keep us engaged.


    21. Brilliant, love the ongoing friendship of Aubrey and Maturin. Also like the fact that Maturin has secrets from Aubrey, they have disagreements, fights and eventually things get worked out between them.


    22. I am having to ration myself with these books by Patrick O’Brian. Since I started with 'Master and Commander' a few months ago, increasingly I’ve thought about how easy it would be to simply buy and read them all in sequence. They appeal to me partly in the sense of all adventurous stories, in that they cater for the armchair traveller, being a peerless of evocation of time and place. But they also offer something quite unusual for historical fiction: the travels of captain Jack Aubrey and h [...]


    23. My review from LJ when I read it:I just intended to skim the early chapters of HMS Surprise again for any mention of Jack serving at the blockade and of course ended up rereading whole passages, rolling around on my bed, laughing and sighing and squeaking at random intervals.Most of all, though, this description of a happy Jack really very nearly made my heart burst. From the mind of our dearest beloved Sophie:"'How lucky I am: sometimes it terrifies me. Dearest Jack' Her inner eye filled with a [...]


    24. The third book in this series, and continues the story of Cpt. Aubrey and Dr. Maturin, mostly the pairs pursuit of their loves. Aubrey seems to get the better of the this deal because the Doctor continues to chase the infamous Diana Villiers, with uncertain and undesirable consequences.Unlike most books of this kind, the main focus is on the characters and not on so much on the story and naval actions. Having said that, you still need to have a naval terminology book, or Google handy to fully un [...]


    25. Ha-emnh, ecco a voi la mia "ponderata" recensione della terza puntata della serie di Aubrey & Maturin:(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


    26. I'm mystified as to why this series is considered by many to be the greatest historical fiction ever written, and particularly for the Age of Sail fiction, O'Brian is often considered better than the master of the genre C.S. Forester. The books are generally entertaining but hardly the nail-biting, page-turning adventures of the Horatio Hornblower series. Nevertheless O'Brian must be given due credit for capturing the era beautifully, particularly the dialogue, but even the details of daily life [...]


    27. "Jack, you have debauched my sloth. (in French) your sordid morals you are trying to corrupt my sloth come on then, you bastard you silly cad”What would lead Stephen to rip Jack so thoroughly? Well, Stephen's passionate about chronicling the natural world and observing the behavior of nonhuman animals. He brings a sloth aboard. Jack feels insecure about the sloth's seeming ambivalence toward him. So, Jack tries to win the sloth's affection by plying it with food and booze. Stephen protests col [...]


    28. H.M.S. Surprise will always be one of my favorites of O'Brian's twenty completed volumes in the Aubrey-Maturin series; and the reason is that it is where we first meet the "bluff, weatherly, and stout" little frigate Surprise. Surprise, her crew, Captain Jack Aubrey, and the ship's doctor, Stephen Maturin embark on a long voyage to delivery His Majesty's Envoy, the elderly and frail Mr. Stanhope, to the East Indies, with stops in India, and interspersed with some terrific naval actions at sea. O [...]


    29. Repeated from review of Book 1That Patrick O'Brian chose to place his characters on the sea in the not so distant past just raised the hurdle I had to leap to get to know this wonderful author.I had never been enamored with sea stories, didn't much care for European history, and yet was wonderfully taken with this series. The sea is a major character, but history is not greatly illuminated, almost a backdrop to the specific circumstance the characters find themselves in. Which perhaps reflects t [...]


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