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The Nutmeg of Consolation: An Aubrey & Maturin Adventure (1991)

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Title:The Nutmeg of Consolation: An Aubrey & Maturin Adventure
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The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O'Brian (1991)



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The ship rats get into Stephen's coca leaves and become addicts! Ship wrecks! Jack and Stephen sail to Australia! Stephen thinks he's lost his fortune, and finds out that Diana has had a daughter!

Lots of great character moments, and the writing when Stephen is contemplating his great happiness at the end of the book is truly lovely. It does kind of randomly end, though. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Another romp through the southern oceans for Aubrey and Maturin: escape from a desolate island, a complicated plan to overtake a French frigate, rendezvous with old friends, and then a visit to Botany Bay (where Maturin has an unexpected run-in with a much-sought Australian critter). The description of penal-colony Australia is well drawn, and O'Brian's witty humor and good storytelling are as present here as in the other volumes. ( )
  JBD1 | Mar 29, 2013 |
Things that stood out for me in this novel included the descriptions of life in Botany Bay (penal colony in Australia) and the matter-of-factness of being shipwrecked. I have a romantic view of Australia - but Mr. O'Brian paints a dismal view of conditions there for prisoners. And it always amazes me that a shipwreck doesn't seem to phase Jack and his crew. They are always confident that things will work out. Mr O'Brian continues to amuse (but you have to read carefully to catch some of the jokes)! ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jun 30, 2011 |
One of many in the Aubrey-Maturin Series. I chose The Nutmeg of Consolation simply because it is my favorite title in the series (what the heck does it mean anyway? You have to read the book before it to get it.)

All of the books in the series are great. The first one, Master and Commander, is tough to get through--especially if you don't speak 18th Century British Navy. By the time you hit the second book, you get the hang of it. The jargon becomes second nature and you can focus on the beautiful story lines. ( )
  jckeen | Feb 2, 2010 |
Please see my comments on Vol. 1, Master and Commander. ( )
  deckled | Nov 1, 2009 |
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Hunt, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodger, N.A.MAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Any author whose tales are situated in the early nineteenth century and whose people are for the most part sailors must depend for a great deal of his factual information and for much of his sense of the time on the memoirs and letters of seamen, on Admiralty and navy oard records, on naval historians and of course on the invaluable publications of the Navy Records Society.

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A hundred and fifty-seven castaways on a desert island in the South China Sea, the survivors of the wreck of HMS Diane, which had struck against an uncharted rock and had there een shattered by a great typhoon some days later: a hundred and fifty-seven, but as they sat there round the edge of a flat bare piece of ground between high-water mark and the beginning of the forest they sounded like the full complement of a ship of the line, for this was Sunday afternoon, and the starboard watch, headed by Captain Aubrey, was engaged in a cricket-match against the Marines, under their commanding officer, Mr Welby.

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The period which Patrick O'Brian has made his own, the Great Wars against France, is at once the least and the best known part of all British naval history.

The naval world of Jack Aubrey, by N.A.M. Rodger.
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Shipwrecked! When Captain Aubrey and his crew go aground on a remote island, they labor to construct a seaworthy schooner from the wreckage (taking breaks, of course, to play cricket.) Their subsequent adventures lead them to the dreaded penal colony at Botany Bay, and then, as always, back to sea.

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In The nutmeg of consolation, O'Brian reconstructs a civilisation on the foundations of a friendship. O'Brian reminds us that times change, not people, and that the griefs and follies of our predecessors are maps of our own lives.

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