Far Side Of The World by Patrick ObrianFar Side Of The World by Patrick Obrian

Far Side Of The World

byPatrick Obrian

Paperback | May 5, 1992

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The war of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. Stephen Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence. Disaster in various guises awaits them in the Great South Sea and in the far reaches of the Pacific: typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, murder, and criminal insanity.
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...
Title:Far Side Of The WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:May 5, 1992Publisher:WW Norton

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ISBN - 10:0393308626

ISBN - 13:9780393308624

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A long chase This is the tenth book of a 20 volume novel. To get the full flavour of Patrick O'Brian's masterpiece, you should start with the first book Master and Commander and read them all! Jack Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maturin, the ship's surgeon, have been friends for many years when they set out on this mission to prevent an American frigate from attacking British whaling ships. They follow her down the Atlantic and round Cape Horn to the Pacific where Maturin, who is also a serious naturalist is allowed only a brief glimpse of the Galapagos before the chase resumes. The long term friendship between the two men and the rhythm of life at sea is the back drop to interruptions by storms, human passions and exciting sea battles. O'Brian writes with elegance and humour but some people find his writing and style is not simple. You have to work on these books to discover the full depth of meaning present.
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The War of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. Little do he and Maturin know that disaster awaits them in the Great South Sea: typhoons, shipwrecks, murder, and criminal insanity

Editorial Reviews

I devoured Patrick O’Brian’s 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog. — Christopher Hitchens (Slate)Gripping and vivid… a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit. — A. S. ByattO’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century. — George WillI haven’t read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O’Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn’t stop. — E. O. Wilson (Boston Globe)Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars. — James Hamilton-Paterson (New Republic)I fell in love with his writing straightaway, at first with Master and Commander. It wasn’t primarily the Nelson and Napoleonic period, more the human relationships. …And of course having characters isolated in the middle of the goddamn sea gives more scope. …It’s about friendship, camaraderie. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin always remind me a bit of Mick and me. — Keith RichardsIt has been something of a shock to find myself—an inveterate reader of girl books—obsessed with Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic-era historical novels… What keeps me hooked are the evolving relationships between Jack and Stephen and the women they love. — Tamar Lewin (New York Times)[O’Brian’s] Aubrey-Maturin series, 20 novels of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars, is a masterpiece. It will outlive most of today’s putative literary gems as Sherlock Holmes has outlived Bulwer-Lytton, as Mark Twain has outlived Charles Reade. — David Mamet (New York Times)The Aubrey-Maturin series… far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart. — Ken Ringle (Washington Post)There is not a writer alive whose work I value over his. — Stephen Becker (Chicago Sun-Times)A world of enchanting fictional surfaces. — John Bayley (New York Review of Books)These eccentric, improbably novels seem to have been written by Patrick O'Brian to please himself in the first instance, and thereafter to please those readers who may share his delight in precision of language, odd lands and colors, a humane respect for such old-fashioned sentiments as friendship and honor. Like Aubrey and Maturin playing Mozart duets beneath a Pacific moon, he works elegant variations on the tradition of the seafaring adventure story. — Thomas Flanagan (New York Times Book Review)The best historical novels ever written… On every page Mr. O’Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don’t, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives. — Richard Snow (New York Times Book Review)