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10 thoughts on “The Commodore

  1. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Come cheer up my lads 'tis to glory we steerTo add something new to this wonderful yearTo honour we call you not press you like slavesFor who are so free as we sons of the waves Patrick O'Brian The Commodore uoting the sailor song Hearts of OakCaptain Aubrey technically Post Captain gets frocked or the Naval euivalent and now commands a suadron of ships This was a temporary rank given to high ranking captains without making them admirals thus saving the Navy the cost but still giving the captains the prestige they needed to command multiple vessels Aubrey and Maturin head to the coast of Africa to disrupt the slave trade but not before Maturin meets his daughter and discovers his wife has disappeared The high points of this book is Maturin meeting his daughter who is considerd slow and in the final scenes with Maturin is reunited with his wife From the action side there is a fleet action at the end of the book that seems like one of those magical juggling acts that only O'Brian can pull off He throws so many details in the air and spins and swirls and keeps them all floating in his narrative that the reader is left amazed that everything doesn't come crashing down The book contains a great deal of information about leadership as Aubrey discovers the difficulty in commanding a suadron of captains with various capabilities There is also several amazing discourses on slavery and the slave trade something that would definitely have been an oversight if O'Brian didn't cover it before the series ends in 35 books I may be wrong but the story told about Aubrey's victories during the slave trades broadly resemble the exploits of the HMS Black Joke Anyway it was a fascinating bit of naval history and the details were fantastic It wasn't my favorite O'Brian but there is always soul in his books They breathe and they hurt and they stretch you as you read every one of them I'm getting close enough to the end of the series that I'm already feeling a bit sad knowing this is the 17 and that there are only 20 and one unfinished novel This isn't an unusual feeling I usually get this way anytime I'm on the backhalf of a work of genius


  2. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England after sailing all over the world and nearly getting themselves killed in a wide variety of ways It's always good to see family again but trouble at home has them seeking the sea uite soon once Jack is made a commodore and given a small suadron to harass the slave trade along the western coast of Africa This is a partial ruse in order to draw out the French and stop them from getting to Ireland where they might foment the natural Irish inclination to revolt against their English overlordsAt least I believe that's how the story goes Sometimes if you're not paying super close attention to these books O'Brian will slip something important past you He had a knack for downplaying plot movements and forcing readers to focus on the narrative A matter of national intelligence might be hinted at in a single line of dialogue and not alluded to again until much later when it influences a character's actions or triggers an event If you're not attentive you'll miss it and be left wondering What was that all about? O'Brian won't hold your hand and explainHaving said that I was surprised to find in The Commodore one or two cases of repetitious exposition which is unusual for O'Brian and his editors Usually they're on top of that stuff They extra scene was besides unnecessary not that interesting Other issues include a plot and story that on the whole feels uite similar to what's gone before There's a good deal of somewhat tedious series housekeeping to do after Jack and Stephen had been away from their significant others for so long For example Stephen has troubles with his wife yes again and is meeting his clinically shy daughter for the first time Problems aside it's another solid addition to the series There are a couple tender moments great character studies as usual and a bit of naval action a decent mix of all The story is not enthralling as previous novels but if you've read the series from 1 through 16 already you'll like this one just fine After all at this point you're just looking to live in the skin of these characters anyhow so what's a fan have to complain about by receiving of what they already love?


  3. Karla Karla says:

    This installment in the AubreyMaturin saga has definitely been a late series high point After several books at sea our duo makes port at home where they find high drama in their personal lives Jack's wife Sophie has taken extreme umbrage at the nearby presence of Clarissa Oakes Jack's former passenger on a previous voyage who has a dress from the same bolt of cloth Jack gave her facepalm And Stephen returns to find his wife Diana MIA when the reality of their daughter Bridget's autism became too much for her to cope with Stephen's head butting with Jack's mother in law over Bridget is deliciousThey're soon back at sea on a mission that is uite different from anything O'Brian has written so far capturing slave traders There's all kinds of drama and tension within Jack's suadron one of the captains is a flogger the other a sodomite and their ships are in total chaos which Jack as the Commodore has to navigate as mutiny and infighting threaten to shred all orderAs with all the books there are so many beautifully rendered scenes that are amazingly crafted in their brevity O'Brian can impart such meaning with only a sentence or two making his characters so dimensional they fairly leap from the page


  4. Jocelyn Jocelyn says:

    I abandoned Tristram Shandy's light hearted social commentary for a story with guts Patrick O'Brian never fails to deliverJack Aubrey has his first fleet command Part of the plot revolves around a contrast among the leadership styles of three ships' captains1 flog your people until they achieve your standard of perfection;2 have sex with your favorites;3 train your team so that they master a rewarding skill in this case sailing the ship and working its guns so as to maximize the potential for taking prizes with minimal loss of lifeThe results of these three styles1 a mutinous crew that is bound to mishandle the ship in a battle;2 a crew of insiders and outsiders who resent each other;3 an efficient fighting crew who will follow their captain anywhereAs always O'Brian gets the human touches just right The friendship between Stephen's autistic daughter and his Irish servant; Jack's fractious mother in law in her new profession as a bookie; Stephen's unexpected attraction to Mrs Wood an amateur naturalist and the wife of the English governor of Freetown in West Africa Her voice Her eyes No no my motives are entirely pure Her hand in mine No no that was affection as for an uncle Still I might as well look my best when I visit her tomorrow Unless you happen to be reading The Unknown Shore


  5. Jamie Collins Jamie Collins says:

    Jack and Stephen return home after a voyage around the world and an absence of years Stephen meets his young daughter for the first time but does not find the picture of domestic happiness that he wished for Jack and Sophie are reunited but soon have a falling out over a couple of painful misunderstandingsThey return to sea Jack having been given command of a suadron and sent publicly to harass slavers off the coast of Africa and privately to intercept a French invasion force Already disturbed over his private troubles he has to deal with one barely competent flogging captain and another who is destroying discipline on his ship by consorting with young crewmembersThis book contains one of my favorite passages where Stephen overhears Jack playing the violin alone and realizes that Jack has long been disguising his musical ability in order to match Stephen's skill level


  6. K.M. Weiland K.M. Weiland says:

    Charming as ever although featuring one of O’Brian’s rambling and anticlimactic plots


  7. Robert Robert says:

    Having circum navigated the globe Aubrey and Maturin have an interlude back in England before setting off to fight the slave trade off the coast of Africa These interludes are the weakest parts of this saga for me; I just get a bit bored uite uickly But soon enough we're back at sea with Aubrey in command of a small fleet for the second time and then matters fairly whizz along like a ship clapping on sail right up to the sky scrapers The problems of fleet command present new challenges for Aubrey and Maturin faces new and old family challengesA pleasant competent entry into this series neither the worst nor the best and only three to go


  8. AJ Nolan AJ Nolan says:

    Another book set mostly at sea which I enjoy This book marks Aubrey's move to a ship of the line acting as a Commodore of a fleet very much coming of age as a captain nearing his advancement as an admiral He and Stephen are feeling their age a bit and maturing overall Stephen also meets his daughter who seems to be on the autism spectrum and she is interestingly written There is also a bit on the dangers of homosexuality in a ship not out of moral reasons but in having a captain repaying sexual favors with favoritism undermining the overall moral of the ship This is a delicate area to write because you don't want to whitewash history and historical attitudes in favor of modern attitudes and understanding but Stephen and Jack would lose their likeability if they were close minded and bigoted O'Brian demonstrates a nice balance in this letting Jack express some ignorance in his evaluation and understanding of sexuality religion and race with Stephen serving as a nice counterpoint


  9. Greg Strandberg Greg Strandberg says:

    This book has a jaunty pace and some uick turns In other words it keeps things moving and you get through the 300 or so pages pretty fast I really have to say that the earlier volumes were the best of the series


  10. Terry Terry says:

    3 35 starsThis seemed like a rather light entry in the series while I was reading it though looking back on it a not insignificant number of important events took place For one Aubrey is made Commodore of a suadron of ships ostensibly being sent to discourage the slave trade in Africa though with an underlying mission to intercept a fleet of French ships being sent to foment rebellion in Ireland Before this however Stephen finally meets his daughter Brigid who apparently suffers from some sort of developmental disability and as a result has been abandoned by her mother Diana Luckily for Maturin our old friend Clarissa Oakes now a widow has been looking after the child and the introduction of the gentle giant Padeen into her life proves to be something of a catalyst for young Brigid To add to his troubles Stephen learns from his friend Sir Joseph that the highly placed mole for the French in the British establishment has set his sights on Maturin’s destruction primarily by exploiting his old Irish connections and his recent conveyance of Padeen and Clarissa un pardoned convicts from Australia to England and the doctor must hustle his family and fortune away from England before everything he holds dear up to and including his life is taken from himAubrey must contend not only with difficult orders but a pair of captains under his command that leave much to be desired one a tyrant known as the Purple Emperor who appears to have no concept of good seamanship or gunnery and thinks keeping a ship clean and trim is the end all and be all of a captain’s duties; the other an excellent seaman who plays favourites not to mention other bedroom games with young members of his crew fomenting dissent and jealousy amongst his officers and undoing ship morale The African coast proves to be hostile not only due to the slaver ships the suadron must pursue but perhaps dangerously due to the disease that lurks on shoreIn the end Aubrey must race against time in the hopes of completing both of his missions and reaching the ostensible French fleet before they can aid the Irish dissidents This was a good if not great entry into the series and looking back it really was full of incident I found Maturin’s meeting with his daughter to be rather affecting and it was nice to see Clarissa again I like the throughline of O’Brian’s tales and the fact that we often revisit old friends from previous volumes sometimes in unexpected ways Perhaps the most striking example of this came with a scene that proved to be something rather new as the irascible steward Preserved Killick and Aubrey’s coxswain Barrett Bonden two of Aubrey’s most stalwart followers have a secret discussion about their captain’s marital woes due to a misunderstanding between Sophie and Clarissa While seeing these characters in the background of scenes with the protagonists isn’t uncommon it was rare to see them getting page time on their own and I’d be interested to see if O’Brian does of this in future volumes


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The Commodore ➺ [Download] ➶ The Commodore By Patrick OBrian ➻ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances For Jack it is a happy homecoming at lea Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances For Jack it is a happy homecoming at least initially but for Stephen it is disastrous his little daughter appears to be autistic incapable of speech or contact while his wife Diana unable to bear this situation has disappeared her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa OakesMuch of The Commodore takes place on land in sitting rooms and in drafty castles but the roar of the great guns is never far from our hearing Aubrey and Maturin are sent on a bizarre decoy mission to the fever ridden lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea to suppress the slave trade But their ultimate destination is Ireland where the French are mounting an invasion that will test Aubrey's seamanship and Maturin's resourcefulness as a secret intelligence agentThe subtle interweaving of these disparate themes is an achievement of pure storytelling by one of our greatest living novelists.

10 thoughts on “The Commodore

  1. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Come cheer up my lads 'tis to glory we steerTo add something new to this wonderful yearTo honour we call you not press you like slavesFor who are so free as we sons of the waves Patrick O'Brian The Commodore uoting the sailor song Hearts of OakCaptain Aubrey technically Post Captain gets frocked or the Naval euivalent and now commands a suadron of ships This was a temporary rank given to high ranking captains without making them admirals thus saving the Navy the cost but still giving the captains the prestige they needed to command multiple vessels Aubrey and Maturin head to the coast of Africa to disrupt the slave trade but not before Maturin meets his daughter and discovers his wife has disappeared The high points of this book is Maturin meeting his daughter who is considerd slow and in the final scenes with Maturin is reunited with his wife From the action side there is a fleet action at the end of the book that seems like one of those magical juggling acts that only O'Brian can pull off He throws so many details in the air and spins and swirls and keeps them all floating in his narrative that the reader is left amazed that everything doesn't come crashing down The book contains a great deal of information about leadership as Aubrey discovers the difficulty in commanding a suadron of captains with various capabilities There is also several amazing discourses on slavery and the slave trade something that would definitely have been an oversight if O'Brian didn't cover it before the series ends in 35 books I may be wrong but the story told about Aubrey's victories during the slave trades broadly resemble the exploits of the HMS Black Joke Anyway it was a fascinating bit of naval history and the details were fantastic It wasn't my favorite O'Brian but there is always soul in his books They breathe and they hurt and they stretch you as you read every one of them I'm getting close enough to the end of the series that I'm already feeling a bit sad knowing this is the 17 and that there are only 20 and one unfinished novel This isn't an unusual feeling I usually get this way anytime I'm on the backhalf of a work of genius

  2. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England after sailing all over the world and nearly getting themselves killed in a wide variety of ways It's always good to see family again but trouble at home has them seeking the sea uite soon once Jack is made a commodore and given a small suadron to harass the slave trade along the western coast of Africa This is a partial ruse in order to draw out the French and stop them from getting to Ireland where they might foment the natural Irish inclination to revolt against their English overlordsAt least I believe that's how the story goes Sometimes if you're not paying super close attention to these books O'Brian will slip something important past you He had a knack for downplaying plot movements and forcing readers to focus on the narrative A matter of national intelligence might be hinted at in a single line of dialogue and not alluded to again until much later when it influences a character's actions or triggers an event If you're not attentive you'll miss it and be left wondering What was that all about? O'Brian won't hold your hand and explainHaving said that I was surprised to find in The Commodore one or two cases of repetitious exposition which is unusual for O'Brian and his editors Usually they're on top of that stuff They extra scene was besides unnecessary not that interesting Other issues include a plot and story that on the whole feels uite similar to what's gone before There's a good deal of somewhat tedious series housekeeping to do after Jack and Stephen had been away from their significant others for so long For example Stephen has troubles with his wife yes again and is meeting his clinically shy daughter for the first time Problems aside it's another solid addition to the series There are a couple tender moments great character studies as usual and a bit of naval action a decent mix of all The story is not enthralling as previous novels but if you've read the series from 1 through 16 already you'll like this one just fine After all at this point you're just looking to live in the skin of these characters anyhow so what's a fan have to complain about by receiving of what they already love?

  3. Karla Karla says:

    This installment in the AubreyMaturin saga has definitely been a late series high point After several books at sea our duo makes port at home where they find high drama in their personal lives Jack's wife Sophie has taken extreme umbrage at the nearby presence of Clarissa Oakes Jack's former passenger on a previous voyage who has a dress from the same bolt of cloth Jack gave her facepalm And Stephen returns to find his wife Diana MIA when the reality of their daughter Bridget's autism became too much for her to cope with Stephen's head butting with Jack's mother in law over Bridget is deliciousThey're soon back at sea on a mission that is uite different from anything O'Brian has written so far capturing slave traders There's all kinds of drama and tension within Jack's suadron one of the captains is a flogger the other a sodomite and their ships are in total chaos which Jack as the Commodore has to navigate as mutiny and infighting threaten to shred all orderAs with all the books there are so many beautifully rendered scenes that are amazingly crafted in their brevity O'Brian can impart such meaning with only a sentence or two making his characters so dimensional they fairly leap from the page

  4. Jocelyn Jocelyn says:

    I abandoned Tristram Shandy's light hearted social commentary for a story with guts Patrick O'Brian never fails to deliverJack Aubrey has his first fleet command Part of the plot revolves around a contrast among the leadership styles of three ships' captains1 flog your people until they achieve your standard of perfection;2 have sex with your favorites;3 train your team so that they master a rewarding skill in this case sailing the ship and working its guns so as to maximize the potential for taking prizes with minimal loss of lifeThe results of these three styles1 a mutinous crew that is bound to mishandle the ship in a battle;2 a crew of insiders and outsiders who resent each other;3 an efficient fighting crew who will follow their captain anywhereAs always O'Brian gets the human touches just right The friendship between Stephen's autistic daughter and his Irish servant; Jack's fractious mother in law in her new profession as a bookie; Stephen's unexpected attraction to Mrs Wood an amateur naturalist and the wife of the English governor of Freetown in West Africa Her voice Her eyes No no my motives are entirely pure Her hand in mine No no that was affection as for an uncle Still I might as well look my best when I visit her tomorrow Unless you happen to be reading The Unknown Shore

  5. Jamie Collins Jamie Collins says:

    Jack and Stephen return home after a voyage around the world and an absence of years Stephen meets his young daughter for the first time but does not find the picture of domestic happiness that he wished for Jack and Sophie are reunited but soon have a falling out over a couple of painful misunderstandingsThey return to sea Jack having been given command of a suadron and sent publicly to harass slavers off the coast of Africa and privately to intercept a French invasion force Already disturbed over his private troubles he has to deal with one barely competent flogging captain and another who is destroying discipline on his ship by consorting with young crewmembersThis book contains one of my favorite passages where Stephen overhears Jack playing the violin alone and realizes that Jack has long been disguising his musical ability in order to match Stephen's skill level

  6. K.M. Weiland K.M. Weiland says:

    Charming as ever although featuring one of O’Brian’s rambling and anticlimactic plots

  7. Robert Robert says:

    Having circum navigated the globe Aubrey and Maturin have an interlude back in England before setting off to fight the slave trade off the coast of Africa These interludes are the weakest parts of this saga for me; I just get a bit bored uite uickly But soon enough we're back at sea with Aubrey in command of a small fleet for the second time and then matters fairly whizz along like a ship clapping on sail right up to the sky scrapers The problems of fleet command present new challenges for Aubrey and Maturin faces new and old family challengesA pleasant competent entry into this series neither the worst nor the best and only three to go

  8. AJ Nolan AJ Nolan says:

    Another book set mostly at sea which I enjoy This book marks Aubrey's move to a ship of the line acting as a Commodore of a fleet very much coming of age as a captain nearing his advancement as an admiral He and Stephen are feeling their age a bit and maturing overall Stephen also meets his daughter who seems to be on the autism spectrum and she is interestingly written There is also a bit on the dangers of homosexuality in a ship not out of moral reasons but in having a captain repaying sexual favors with favoritism undermining the overall moral of the ship This is a delicate area to write because you don't want to whitewash history and historical attitudes in favor of modern attitudes and understanding but Stephen and Jack would lose their likeability if they were close minded and bigoted O'Brian demonstrates a nice balance in this letting Jack express some ignorance in his evaluation and understanding of sexuality religion and race with Stephen serving as a nice counterpoint

  9. Greg Strandberg Greg Strandberg says:

    This book has a jaunty pace and some uick turns In other words it keeps things moving and you get through the 300 or so pages pretty fast I really have to say that the earlier volumes were the best of the series

  10. Terry Terry says:

    3 35 starsThis seemed like a rather light entry in the series while I was reading it though looking back on it a not insignificant number of important events took place For one Aubrey is made Commodore of a suadron of ships ostensibly being sent to discourage the slave trade in Africa though with an underlying mission to intercept a fleet of French ships being sent to foment rebellion in Ireland Before this however Stephen finally meets his daughter Brigid who apparently suffers from some sort of developmental disability and as a result has been abandoned by her mother Diana Luckily for Maturin our old friend Clarissa Oakes now a widow has been looking after the child and the introduction of the gentle giant Padeen into her life proves to be something of a catalyst for young Brigid To add to his troubles Stephen learns from his friend Sir Joseph that the highly placed mole for the French in the British establishment has set his sights on Maturin’s destruction primarily by exploiting his old Irish connections and his recent conveyance of Padeen and Clarissa un pardoned convicts from Australia to England and the doctor must hustle his family and fortune away from England before everything he holds dear up to and including his life is taken from himAubrey must contend not only with difficult orders but a pair of captains under his command that leave much to be desired one a tyrant known as the Purple Emperor who appears to have no concept of good seamanship or gunnery and thinks keeping a ship clean and trim is the end all and be all of a captain’s duties; the other an excellent seaman who plays favourites not to mention other bedroom games with young members of his crew fomenting dissent and jealousy amongst his officers and undoing ship morale The African coast proves to be hostile not only due to the slaver ships the suadron must pursue but perhaps dangerously due to the disease that lurks on shoreIn the end Aubrey must race against time in the hopes of completing both of his missions and reaching the ostensible French fleet before they can aid the Irish dissidents This was a good if not great entry into the series and looking back it really was full of incident I found Maturin’s meeting with his daughter to be rather affecting and it was nice to see Clarissa again I like the throughline of O’Brian’s tales and the fact that we often revisit old friends from previous volumes sometimes in unexpected ways Perhaps the most striking example of this came with a scene that proved to be something rather new as the irascible steward Preserved Killick and Aubrey’s coxswain Barrett Bonden two of Aubrey’s most stalwart followers have a secret discussion about their captain’s marital woes due to a misunderstanding between Sophie and Clarissa While seeing these characters in the background of scenes with the protagonists isn’t uncommon it was rare to see them getting page time on their own and I’d be interested to see if O’Brian does of this in future volumes

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