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The Yellow Admiral ❰Read❯ ➲ The Yellow Admiral Author Patrick OBrian – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey in The Yellow Admiral Patrick O'Brian's best selling novel and eighteenth volume in the AubreyMaturin series Aubrey now a considerable though i Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey in The Yellow Admiral Patrick O'Brian's best selling novel and eighteenth volume in the AubreyMaturin series Aubrey now a considerable though impoverished landowner has dimmed his prospects at the Admiralty The Yellow MOBI :Þ by his erratic voting as a Member of Parliament; he is feuding with his neighbor a man with strong Navy connections who wants to enclose the common land between their estates; he is on even worse terms with his wife Sophie whose mother has ferreted out a most damaging trove of old personal letters Even Jack's exploits at sea turn sour in the storm waters off Brest he captures a French privateer laden with gold and ivory but this at the expense of missing a signal and deserting his post Worst of all in the spring of peace breaks out and this feeds into Jack's private fears for his careerFortunately Jack is not left to his own devices Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with the news that the Chileans to secure their independence reuire a navy and the service of English officers Jack is savoring this apparent reprieve for his career as well as Sophie's forgiveness when he receives an urgent dispatch ordering him to Gibraltar Napoleon has escaped from Elba.


10 thoughts on “The Yellow Admiral

  1. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Everyone knows that on a large scale democracy is pernicious nonsense a country or even a county cannot be run by a self seeking parcel of tub thumping politicians working on popular emotion rousing the mob Patrick O'Brian The Yellow AdmiralMany rate this near the bottom of the Aubrey Maturin series There isn't anything very exciting happening a few minor skirmishes naval politics domestic politics etc The war is winding down Captain Aubrey finds himself serving under an admiral who doesn't like him and who he is in conflict with him regarding some local political disagreements Mostly it is a bridge novel But even with that it is still freuently magical The relationship between Aubrey and his wife provides some moving prose and there is a whole section where Aubrey is explaining to Maturin about the politics and economics of the common which was one of the best exegesis on the conflicts surrounding common lands inclosures rival interests etc Basically O'Brian is showing off a bit In the Commons Act of 1876 a mechanism was provided for inclosing common lands and fields Since this novel takes place around 1814 this was an issue that was relevant to land owners and peasants all across England and O'Brian gives the issue a weight and dare I say a beauty that is impossible to find in an economic history of the issue I loved this book and probably gave it an extra star just for the way O'Brian discussed this issue It was fascinating without completley hijacking the book Like many of O'Brian's divergent stories or subjects they all seem to fit the narrative AND also exist almost distinct from the story too This way of writing reminds me a bit of Hugo's unabriged Les Misérables where Hugo would often trail off for 80 120 pages to discuss the battle of Waterloo or the history of a convent etc Obviously O'Brian's scale is a bit smaller than Hugo but the effect is very similar


  2. Beth Beth says:

    I found these books to be terribly intimidating when I first started the series It seemed as though I was entering an entirely male world with a detailed technical vocabulary of its own But now as I sat down to read this eighteenth installment of the series it was like sitting down to tea with old friends The technical language is still there but it has become a familiar patois in the background The characters are still mostly male but it hardly seems to matter since they are such deep and fully human characters I continue to be amazed at Patrick O’Brian’s prowess as an author It’s not only that he tells a good tale he continues telling good and original tales throughout an incredibly long series I’m generally averse to long series because they become predictable but with this series they simply become endearingly familiar Each book has its own twists and turns its own character studies and musings on human nature The reflective passages are just as engaging as the suspenseful battle scenes I enjoy entering into the complex world of 19th century British naval affairs but even I enjoy deepening my understanding of O’Brian’s marvelous characters There are only a few novels in the series and I know I will find myself missing Jack and Stephen when I finish If you appreciated this review check out my blog at pagesandmarginswordpresscom


  3. Terry Terry says:

    35 4 starsPoor old Jack certainly has a rough go of it this time around Despite the great one might even say excessive success of his mission in Africa as far as prizes go Jack find himself once again on the edge of penury when some of the slave ship owners come forward with documented ‘protection’ which ties up most of Jack’s assets in court To make matters worse some old letters from a former lover of Jack’s surface leaving his marriage most definitely on the rocks To put the plum on the pudding he is assigned to the Brest blockade under the command of an admiral that views him with a than jaundiced eye due to Jack’s scotching of the man’s schemes to enclose land for which Jack is the titular manorial lord Hanging over all of this is Jack’s fear that even should he proceed up the ladder of promotion with the war seemingly near its end and his political and financial prospects shrinking before his eyes he is than likely to become a ‘Yellow Admiral’ of the title an admiral in name only who has the command of no suadron and lives on half pay While Jack struggles with his professional and personal woes Stephen engages in various espionage activities and his endeavours prove to be rather successful than those of his friend Much of the events of the book occur on land and I am finding that I enjoy the books in the series where this is the case even than the ones that take place solely on the briny deeps I think one reason may be that it allows O’Brian to display a bit versatility in his storytelling and perhaps because it also tends to give Maturin a bit of the spotlight Don’t get me wrong Jack is a fine fellow indeed and his cheery good nature and naval brilliance are always welcome but there is just something about Stephen’s perhaps patchy personality that draws me to him This was an enjoyable volume in the series and my only real complaint would probably be that the books are getting shorter and shorter as we near the end of the series Ah well there is always re reading at least


  4. Renee M Renee M says:

    The One Where Barrett Bonden Boxes Bareknuckled I’m always so happy to be in the company of these good people This was a fairly mellow entry in the saga but everyone showed up which is really all I need at this point


  5. Siria Siria says:

    As ever reading O'Brian is like meeting up with an old friend In this one the unfolding of the plot is slow and somewhat predictable—it's like talking with an old friend solely of the past reliving old memories and not learning anything new about one another There are none of the fireworks of the earlier books no huge twists or turns That's not necessarily a flaw though; the prose as ever soothes and comforts and the rendering of Jack and Stephen and the numerous supporting cast is as sympathetic yet unflinching as ever Only two books left in the series though which makes me sad—I want to read them and yet I don't


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

    Wandering as most of the books in the series are at this point but still utterly beguiling and wonderful


  7. Judith Johnson Judith Johnson says:

    As ever hugely enjoyable In all of these books there is usually an illuminating discourse on a certain subject in this case enclosure of land I am now stimulated to learn on the subject Only two books to go alas But there’s always re reading


  8. Susan Susan says:

    What many reviewers didn't like about this story I really enjoyed The sea adventures were few and far between as this time Jack and Stephen were landlocked throughout most the book But because of this there were some traits that I got a glimpse of as the situations on land and owning a home are considerably different from those being on a ship at sea And because of this their personalities were rounded and complexI really enjoyed the dynamics between both of these guys and their wives And I have to say that initially I did not like the character of Diane but now I find myself liking her much Special mention to a part in the story which had me almost welling up was when view spoilerafter Sophie finding Jack was unfaithful and basically telling me he can't stay in his own home even mostly through her mother's influence after his explanations and loving remarks to her and later she writes him a note asking for forgiveness and Jack's reaction was absolutely priceless hide spoiler


  9. Jerry Haigh Jerry Haigh says:

    I have read the entire AubreyMaturn series at least six times in order and been captivated by many facets Of course the sheer adventure is enthralling but the way in which O'Brian has developed his characters as the books go along is magical One reviewer called O'Brian The Jane Austen of the 20th century Right on Only in the last two books as O'Brian aged and was no doubt under pressure from publishers did the standards slip This is one of the less brilliant ones but still a good read


  10. Greg Strandberg Greg Strandberg says:

    This was one of the later books and I breezed through it pretty uickly Honestly I have to say that I wasn't as impressed as much with it as I was with other volumes Why? Maybe because they're jaunting around land so much doing a bunch of nothingBut that's just my take on it I should read it again one of these days


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10 thoughts on “The Yellow Admiral

  1. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Everyone knows that on a large scale democracy is pernicious nonsense a country or even a county cannot be run by a self seeking parcel of tub thumping politicians working on popular emotion rousing the mob Patrick O'Brian The Yellow AdmiralMany rate this near the bottom of the Aubrey Maturin series There isn't anything very exciting happening a few minor skirmishes naval politics domestic politics etc The war is winding down Captain Aubrey finds himself serving under an admiral who doesn't like him and who he is in conflict with him regarding some local political disagreements Mostly it is a bridge novel But even with that it is still freuently magical The relationship between Aubrey and his wife provides some moving prose and there is a whole section where Aubrey is explaining to Maturin about the politics and economics of the common which was one of the best exegesis on the conflicts surrounding common lands inclosures rival interests etc Basically O'Brian is showing off a bit In the Commons Act of 1876 a mechanism was provided for inclosing common lands and fields Since this novel takes place around 1814 this was an issue that was relevant to land owners and peasants all across England and O'Brian gives the issue a weight and dare I say a beauty that is impossible to find in an economic history of the issue I loved this book and probably gave it an extra star just for the way O'Brian discussed this issue It was fascinating without completley hijacking the book Like many of O'Brian's divergent stories or subjects they all seem to fit the narrative AND also exist almost distinct from the story too This way of writing reminds me a bit of Hugo's unabriged Les Misérables where Hugo would often trail off for 80 120 pages to discuss the battle of Waterloo or the history of a convent etc Obviously O'Brian's scale is a bit smaller than Hugo but the effect is very similar

  2. Beth Beth says:

    I found these books to be terribly intimidating when I first started the series It seemed as though I was entering an entirely male world with a detailed technical vocabulary of its own But now as I sat down to read this eighteenth installment of the series it was like sitting down to tea with old friends The technical language is still there but it has become a familiar patois in the background The characters are still mostly male but it hardly seems to matter since they are such deep and fully human characters I continue to be amazed at Patrick O’Brian’s prowess as an author It’s not only that he tells a good tale he continues telling good and original tales throughout an incredibly long series I’m generally averse to long series because they become predictable but with this series they simply become endearingly familiar Each book has its own twists and turns its own character studies and musings on human nature The reflective passages are just as engaging as the suspenseful battle scenes I enjoy entering into the complex world of 19th century British naval affairs but even I enjoy deepening my understanding of O’Brian’s marvelous characters There are only a few novels in the series and I know I will find myself missing Jack and Stephen when I finish If you appreciated this review check out my blog at pagesandmarginswordpresscom

  3. Terry Terry says:

    35 4 starsPoor old Jack certainly has a rough go of it this time around Despite the great one might even say excessive success of his mission in Africa as far as prizes go Jack find himself once again on the edge of penury when some of the slave ship owners come forward with documented ‘protection’ which ties up most of Jack’s assets in court To make matters worse some old letters from a former lover of Jack’s surface leaving his marriage most definitely on the rocks To put the plum on the pudding he is assigned to the Brest blockade under the command of an admiral that views him with a than jaundiced eye due to Jack’s scotching of the man’s schemes to enclose land for which Jack is the titular manorial lord Hanging over all of this is Jack’s fear that even should he proceed up the ladder of promotion with the war seemingly near its end and his political and financial prospects shrinking before his eyes he is than likely to become a ‘Yellow Admiral’ of the title an admiral in name only who has the command of no suadron and lives on half pay While Jack struggles with his professional and personal woes Stephen engages in various espionage activities and his endeavours prove to be rather successful than those of his friend Much of the events of the book occur on land and I am finding that I enjoy the books in the series where this is the case even than the ones that take place solely on the briny deeps I think one reason may be that it allows O’Brian to display a bit versatility in his storytelling and perhaps because it also tends to give Maturin a bit of the spotlight Don’t get me wrong Jack is a fine fellow indeed and his cheery good nature and naval brilliance are always welcome but there is just something about Stephen’s perhaps patchy personality that draws me to him This was an enjoyable volume in the series and my only real complaint would probably be that the books are getting shorter and shorter as we near the end of the series Ah well there is always re reading at least

  4. Renee M Renee M says:

    The One Where Barrett Bonden Boxes Bareknuckled I’m always so happy to be in the company of these good people This was a fairly mellow entry in the saga but everyone showed up which is really all I need at this point

  5. Siria Siria says:

    As ever reading O'Brian is like meeting up with an old friend In this one the unfolding of the plot is slow and somewhat predictable—it's like talking with an old friend solely of the past reliving old memories and not learning anything new about one another There are none of the fireworks of the earlier books no huge twists or turns That's not necessarily a flaw though; the prose as ever soothes and comforts and the rendering of Jack and Stephen and the numerous supporting cast is as sympathetic yet unflinching as ever Only two books left in the series though which makes me sad—I want to read them and yet I don't

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

    Wandering as most of the books in the series are at this point but still utterly beguiling and wonderful

  7. Judith Johnson Judith Johnson says:

    As ever hugely enjoyable In all of these books there is usually an illuminating discourse on a certain subject in this case enclosure of land I am now stimulated to learn on the subject Only two books to go alas But there’s always re reading

  8. Susan Susan says:

    What many reviewers didn't like about this story I really enjoyed The sea adventures were few and far between as this time Jack and Stephen were landlocked throughout most the book But because of this there were some traits that I got a glimpse of as the situations on land and owning a home are considerably different from those being on a ship at sea And because of this their personalities were rounded and complexI really enjoyed the dynamics between both of these guys and their wives And I have to say that initially I did not like the character of Diane but now I find myself liking her much Special mention to a part in the story which had me almost welling up was when view spoilerafter Sophie finding Jack was unfaithful and basically telling me he can't stay in his own home even mostly through her mother's influence after his explanations and loving remarks to her and later she writes him a note asking for forgiveness and Jack's reaction was absolutely priceless hide spoiler

  9. Jerry Haigh Jerry Haigh says:

    I have read the entire AubreyMaturn series at least six times in order and been captivated by many facets Of course the sheer adventure is enthralling but the way in which O'Brian has developed his characters as the books go along is magical One reviewer called O'Brian The Jane Austen of the 20th century Right on Only in the last two books as O'Brian aged and was no doubt under pressure from publishers did the standards slip This is one of the less brilliant ones but still a good read

  10. Greg Strandberg Greg Strandberg says:

    This was one of the later books and I breezed through it pretty uickly Honestly I have to say that I wasn't as impressed as much with it as I was with other volumes Why? Maybe because they're jaunting around land so much doing a bunch of nothingBut that's just my take on it I should read it again one of these days

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