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Post Captain (Vol. Book 2) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
"Master and Commander raised almost dangerously high expectations, Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them...a brilliant book."-Mary Renault"We've beat them before and we'll beat them again." In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtor's Prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held harbor.
"Gripping and vivid . . . a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit." - A.S. Byatt "Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars." - New Republic "O'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 Will "I devoured Patrick O'Brian's 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog." - Slate "The Aubrey-Maturin series . . . far beyond any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of character and the human heart." - Washington Post "[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." - New York Times "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." - New York Times Book Review "It 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." - New York Times "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 Richards "There is not a writer alive whose work I value over his." - Chicago Sun-Times
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W. W. Norton & Company
August 01, 1990
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