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The Hornblower Companion by C. S. Forester
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Aubrey has long since surpassed Hornblower in my affections, and so I put off reading this book for far too long. The commentary accompanying the maps is not terribly useful if you haven't read the books in more than ten years (although I'm sure the maps are a lovely auxiliary to the books as you're reading them), but Forester's memoirs of the process of writing the novels are utterly delightful. I enjoy his description of the way his ideas grow - like barnacles growing upon timbers submerged in a kind of subconscious ooze - and find it very familiar. I recommend this as much as a writing book as anything else. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Dec 22, 2016 |
Actually, I'm only reading "The Point and the Edge", a short story included in this volume. But I don't own this book and I only have a digital version of the above mentioned short story. :( ( )
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
Due to having the 1974 paperback in my possession, i hope that the original Hardcover had larger maps. They remain clear guides to the areas dealt with, however. A good book within its derivative limits, and is helpful used in conjunction with the novels for the first time reader. worth the $1.95 it cost in those days. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jul 29, 2014 |
I've been a fan of C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series since pointed to them as a teen by a classmate. They're wonderful yarns about the days of sail focusing on a character akin to Horatio Nelson and the inspiration for Captain Kirk of Star Trek, Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe, Weber's Honor Harrington and more. So I think this should be in every fans collection--particularly those interested in the writing process. In it Forester gives you a peak at such things as the reason Lieutenant Hornblower is told from Lt. Bush's point of view or the origins of tales such as "The Even Chance" in Midshipman Hornblower. And Forester is a warm and engaging presence--not always the case in memoirs were the writer can be inadvertently self-revealings in off-putting ways. And I loved the maps. :-) ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Sep 8, 2013 |
This is of interest chiefly to a Hornblower completist, but I am one in a small way. My father had most of the Hornblower books and I slao read them in the Bowling Green OH pubic library when young. ( )
  antiquary | Jan 31, 2013 |
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Perhaps it is significant that there was no need to include the Orient in this map; perhaps it is significant that, except for a single foray into the Pacific, Hornblower's activities were confined, during the thirty years 1793 to 1823, to the Atlantic Ocean and its accessory seas, the Baltic, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean.
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The fascinating story behind the greatest naval adventures of all times, the saga of Horatio Hornblower. The complete and indispensable guide is fully illustrated with maps, charts, and drawings by Samuel H. Bryant. For the millions of readers who have thrilled to the exploits of the indomitable Horatio Hornblower this book will add new insight and excitement to the masterful naval adventures that have become classics. Here is the author's personal story of the literary birth of the heroic Hornblower and the development of the world famous eleven-volume series.

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A collection of maps illustrating Hornblower's adventures and a description of how the novels were written.

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