- Gebundene Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Collins Publishers; Auflage: 1st Edition (4. Oktober 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007194692
- ISBN-13: 978-0007194698
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,4 x 1,8 x 24,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.812.606 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Final, Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (Aubrey/Maturin Series) (Englisch) Gebundenes Buch – 4. Oktober 2004
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'Patrick O'Brian has given a farewell to his followers that is as gracious as it is gallant. And we, in turn, may find some solace in the thought that of all people, this man would not have hated to be taken out of action much as Nelson was: deep in triumph, shedding glory on the service he loved, and still at the peak of his powers.' Richard Snow 'One of the most compelling and brilliant novelists of his time!Beyond his superbly elegant writing, wit and originality, Patrick O'Brian showed an understanding of the nature of a floating world at the mercy of the wind and the sea which has never been surpassed.' MAX HASTINGS, Evening Standard
At the time of his death, Patrick O'Brian had begun to write a novel to follow on from Blue at the Mizzen. These are the chapters he had completed of the final voyage of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin -- the greatest friendship of modern literature THE FINAL VOYAGE OF JACK AUBREY...with a FOREWORD by William Waldegrave. The story picks up from the end of Blue at the Mizzen when Jack Aubrey receives the news, in Chile, of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to the South Africa station. This new novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of O'Brian's death, would have been a chronicle of that mission, and much else besides. As the novel opens, we are able to visit these friends we have followed so very far in a rare state of almost perfect felicity. Jack has seen his illegitimate son ably discharging important duties. Sophie and his daughters are with him; Brigid is with her father, she's thriving, and Stephen is with a woman who is very dear to him. Jack, at last, is flying a rear-admiral's flag aboard a ship of the line.The chapters left on O'Brian's death are presented here both in printed version -- including his corrections to the typescript -- and a facsimilie of his manuscript, which goes several pages beyond the end of the typescript and includes marginal notes by O'Brian. And so this great 'roman fleuve' comes to an end with Jack, with his 'sacred blue flag', sailing through fair, sweet days -- Stephen with his dissections and new love, Killick muttering darkly over the toasted cheese...Of course, we would rather have had the whole story; instead we have this proof that O'Brian's powers of observation, his humour and his understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end. 'There is nothing in this century that rivals Patrick O'Brian's achievement in his chosen genre. His novels embrace with loving clarity the full richness of the 18th-century world. They embody the cruelty of battle, the comedy of men's lives, the uncertain fears that plague their hearts; and yet, not far away, is the vision of an ideal existence.' Amanda Foreman, New York Times Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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In a way, it serves as a poetic ending to the series. An unfinished manuscript is perhaps the ideal way to conclude this epic journey. The hand-written portions are very hard to read, but that also enhances the feeling of the book fading into it's conclusion. The story itself is somewhat confused, and apparently unfinished. But you're not buying this for the story. You're buying it to complete the collection and honor the author who has given you such immense pleasure for 20 splendid volumes.
While I understand the stylistic decision to make it large format, it does not fit well with the print collection on a shelf. That is my only negative comment. Otherwise, accept it for what it is and buy it.
_21_ begins where Blue at the Mizzen left off, the Suprise sailing home having completed its "hydrographic" (and military, poltical and intelligence-gathering) mission to Chile. At the river Plate, Aubrey runs in with his bastard son Sam, now a Papal legate in Argentina and Maturin duels an arrogant army captain over a point of honor concerning Maturin's love-interest, Christine. The central conflict for the novel, it seems was just being established. What a wonderful three chapters, though! After 20 books together, the batner and relationship between Maturin and Aubrey is somewhat akin to an old married couple, as when Aubrey, explaining how he finagled extra powder, explains that he bribed the "last powder-hoy for a trifle of whisky - you know the Irish drink, Stephen?" to which Maturin replies, "I have never heard of it." It is a pity there was not more.
As O'Brian writes in _21_, "In the close-packed community that made up the crew of a man-of-war there was extremely little privacy: they ate, slept, washed, relieved themselves in public; in public they wree flogged ... Each man and boy knew exactly what the others earned and how much the married men sent home." It has been a remarkable journey, sailing and fighting alongside Cpt. Aubrey and engaging in espionage with Dr. Maturin, criss-crossing the globe and sharing in their personal lives. It was with a heavy heart that the voyage ended, but it was a tremendous journey. If you have not yet been aquainted with Patrick O'Brian (or "Lucky" Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin), I envy you the experience. The series (begining with Master and Commander (Movie Tie-In Edition)) earns my highest and most enthusiasitc recommendation.