Hornblower and the Hotspur by C. S. ForesterHornblower and the Hotspur by C. S. Forester

Hornblower and the Hotspur

byC. S. Forester

Paperback | November 1, 1998

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With interest in nautical adventure stories reaching unprecedented heights -- as evidenced by the success of The Perfect Storm, Patrick O'Brian's bestselling Aubrey/Maturin novels, the Titanic phenomenon, etc. -- now is the ideal time for readers to rediscover the pleasures and excitement of C. S. Forester's epic saga of turmoil and triumph on the high seas.

The Horatio Hornblower novels, which recount the thrilling adventures of one of the most daring and resourceful officers in the Royal Navy as he wrestles with his own "accursed unhappy temperament" and as he sails valiantly into battle after battle against Napoleon's forces, have riveted and delighted millions of readers since the series was initiated in 1938.

Little, Brown's relaunch of the Hornblower series commenced in June 1998 with the publication of a new low-priced hardcover edition of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, the first Hornblower novel. Now it continues as the second and third novels in the series are reissued in trade paperback -- and as the A&E cable network premieres its magnificent new four-part television series based on Hornblower's adventures.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith on August 27, 1899, in Cairo, Egypt, where his father was a government official, C. S. Forester grew up mainly in England. He was educated at Dulwich College, studying medicine briefly before decidint to become a writer. Forester moved to the United States before the start of World War II, and lived in ...
Title:Hornblower and the HotspurFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.22 × 5.52 × 1.03 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Back Bay Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316290467

ISBN - 13:9780316290463

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action and Romance (sort of) Probably not a good idea to get a new book during exams...The book begins with England on the verge of war with France and Horaitio's marriage to Maria, a girl whose heart he doesn't love but can't bring himself to break. The newly appointed Commander Hornblower (with his trusty sidekick Lt. Bush) set out to help in the blockade of the French coast on the sloop the Hotspur. Amid his schemes fo raids and sea battles, Hornblower reveals his doubts and insecurities about his life, carreer, marriage and impending fatherhood. For some reason the sloop always seems to be pitted against larger ships and only by luck and cunning does Horaitio prevail and gain the respect and favour of Cornwallis.
Date published: 2001-04-27

Editorial Reviews

"No other contemporary writer can equal Forester at this kind of storytelling".

-- Chicago Tribune