Mr Midshipman Hornblower

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Mr Midshipman Hornblower

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Horatio Hornblower is just a teenaged midshipman here, an intelligent and sensitive overthinker who sort of reminds me of a shy, grumpy puppy. But ultimately it’s seeing the young Horatio grow throughout the tales that makes this a great adventures novel. Story 9: “Hornblower and Noah’s Ark” – This chapter reminds me a lot of The Pirate Coast by Richard Zachs, a book I read many years ago, long before starting this book-review blog.

At this time the convoy was becalmed and all the ships were in tow by their boats to try to make for the Mole when they see a couple of galleys making for the convoy to engage some of the ships. Given the success of their mission Hornblower realises the loss of the jolly boat will not be held against him, but still regrets the inevitable death of Hales. Upon taking command, Hornblower locked up the French crew and dumped the wine they were drinking overboard, then set his prize crew to re-slinging the foretopsail yard, then set course for England. Nonetheless, his writing isn't shallow; he confronts his hero with several demands for moral decision-making. Hornblower translates the conversation between Pellew and the Spanish Captain, who states that Spain has made peace with France and that Indefatigable will be fired upon unless she leaves within six hours.After Indefatigable comes into port at Gibraltar, Acting-Lieutenant Hornblower reports to Santa Barbara where he and others are to take their examination for lieutenant. Clairvoyant, Hornblower could foresee that in a year’s time, the world would hardly remember the incident. Now that I have run out of Patrick O’Brian’s series and dabbled with several Alexander Kent’s Bolitho as a poor substitute, I took a chance to go back to the series from my youth that really turned me on to reading. The young midshipman tempers his exasperation by relying on his keen, mathematical intellect that's quick to appraise risks and make split-second decisions.

Meanwhile other prize crew members set sail with other sails, Papillon getting underway with the Indefatigable crew. I suppose there must have bUpon entering the tier, Hornblower finds Styles part of a rat fight in which he has his hands tied and tries to kill rats by biting them, and others bet on the outcome. It's still finely-written adventure fiction set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, with plenty of shattering broadsides and falling masts, and quieter moments of reflection as well; and Hornblower is a fascinating, queer and crossgrained character. Soon we note the arrival of Simpson: "embittered and humiliated by his failure to pass his examination for his commission, he was a worse tyrant, and his ingenuity had multiplied itself. Yet those headless corpses up there in Muzillac; those shattered redcoats; those Frenchmen caught in the four- pounder’s blast of canister—they were all as dead as if it had been a day in which history had been changed.

The book was also translated into Norwegian by Odd Feydt Midshipman Hornblower and Polish by Henryka Stępień "Pan midszypmen Hornblower". By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. This novel the first of 11 magnificent sea stories gives a glimpse of the savagery on board a fighting ship , it may be brutal .

The 50-50 odds give him an “even chance” of escape, which is better than any 17yo novice would get in hand-to-hand combat against the burly Simpson. Being lowered overboard on a line, Hornblower determined the size of the hole, and had a sail fothered to plug the hole to minimise the leak, but, to no avail.

Hornblower insists on having one of the two pistols loaded and the other not, and to exchange shots at point-blank range, with neither Hornblower nor Simpson knowing which is which. Hornblower works the problem and takes intuitive leaps that solve the problem, sometimes with wild derring do.Excellent pacing, beautiful replicas of naval sailing ships, great acting, fine music, good costumes. Forester had a deft hand with maritime adventure (not all of it dealing with combat), characterization, and easily-readable Realist style.

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