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The Hundred Days (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Patrick O'Brian (Author)

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Title:The Hundred Days
Authors:Patrick O'Brian (Author)
Info:Harpercollins Pb (1999), Paperback, 288 sidor
Collections:Ägda, Your library, I lådor, Dåliga omslag, Läst 2013, Ovägt
Rating:****
Tags:brittisk litteratur, skönlitteratur, historisk roman, sjöresor, läkarpraktik, napoleonkrigen, de hundra dagarna, Algeriet, jakt, lejonjakt

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The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian (1998)

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More of a nautical romp than the last book, though not as light-hearted as some.
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  sben | Feb 11, 2014 |
Another winner from O'Brian, which has Stephen adopting through purchasing as slaves two young Irish children. Other things I loved about this volume:

-- how O'Brian shows that warfare is changing through preemptive strikes
-- the thrilling lion hunt
-- the precarious nature of being named a Dey in the Arab lands
-- the importance of money in warfare, both in buying mercenaries, and in doling out prizes
-- the politics of the admiralty, and how Jack gets lucky again ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
This is the is the next to last book in the series and it is a well written and interesting little tale. Technically there is another book after the next one but it was never completed. ( )
  BobVTReader | Jul 7, 2012 |
Recounting the time period when Napoleon made his abortive attempt to recapture his glory as emperor, this novel finds Jack & Stephen doing their best to keep ships from joining Napoleon and stopping a major transfer of wealth. Mr. O'Brien continues his mastery of writing, juxtaposing such scenes as the cramped sick hold where a sailor recounts what brought him to the seas, immediately followed by a stretch of sea and scenery amazing to behold. There are some terribly sorrowful events recounted in this book - all occurring "off-stage" and leaving the reader to mourn on his own, accompanied only in the imagination of the reader by the characters chiefly concerned. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Feb 12, 2012 |
Nothing more needs to be said. Just don't accidentally read this book before the previous one - that would make the timeline very confusing. ( )
  gbsallery | Nov 27, 2011 |
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Hunt, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
TULL, PATRICKNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393319792, Paperback)

The year is 1815, and Europe's most unpopular (not to mention tiniest) empire-builder has escaped from Elba. In The Hundred Days, it's up to Jack Aubrey--and surgeon-cum-spymaster Stephen Maturin--to stop Napoleon in his tracks. How? For starters, Aubrey and his squadron have been dispatched to the Adriatic coast, to keep Bonapartist shipbuilders from beefing up the French navy. Meanwhile, one Sheik Ibn Hazm is fomenting an Islamic uprising against the Allies. The only way to halt this maneuver is to intercept the sheik's shipment of gold--because in the Napoleonic era, as in our own, even the most ardent of mercenaries requires a salary.

The Hundred Days is the 19th (and, we are told, the penultimate) installment of O'Brian's epic. Like many of its predecessors, it features a fairly swashbuckling plot, complete with cannon fire, exotic disguises, and Aubrey's suspenseful, slow-motion pursuit of an Algerian xebek. Yet it never turns into a mere exercise in Hornblowerism. Partly this is due to O'Brian's delicate touch with character--the relationship between extroverted Aubrey and introverted Maturin has deepened with each book, and even Aubrey's reunion with his childhood companion Queenie Keith is full of novelistic nuance: "They sat smiling at one another. An odd pair: handsome creatures both, but they might have been of the same sex or neither." Nor does the author focus too exclusively on his dynamic duo. Indeed, The Hundred Days is very much a chronicle of a floating community, which Maturin describes as "his own village, his own ship's company, that complex entity so much more easily sensed than described: part of his natural habitat."

Finally, O'Brian shows his usual expertise in balancing the great events with the most minuscule ones. Other authors have written about battles at sea, and still others have recorded the rapid rise and fall of Napoleon's fortunes after his escape from confinement. But who else would give equal time--and an equal charge of delight--to Maturin's discovery of an anomalous nuthatch? --James Marcus

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On the high seas, Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his co-adventurer, Dr. Stephen Maturin, chase a shipment of gold destined for Napoleon. The emperor has escaped from Elba and the gold would enable him to raise more troops.

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