Phoebe, Chris, Allen and Joyce love the novels of Patrick O'Brian
Former City Lights bookseller, Phoebe pegged the Aubrey-Maturin series (starting with Master and Commander): "these novels are Jane Austen with cannon". The twenty volume series is evenly crafted with each installment a neatly composed, character-driven tale written in a flawless, early 19th century idiom full of wit, but with plenty of hearty, naval warfare, and sailing adventure.
Now the partial basis for a major motion picture starring Russell Crowe. It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of HMS Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent. Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.
This novel of manners is O'Brian's most direct tribute to Jane Austen.
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