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Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester
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Title:Lieutenant Hornblower
Authors:C. S. Forester
Other authors:C.S. Forester
Info:Back Bay Books (1998), Paperback, 320 pages
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Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester (1951)



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#2 in the Hornblower saga. This one is told from the viewpoint of Bush, a senior LT, and Horatio's best buddy. It's action on the high seas in the 1790s for King and country. Good, fun, action. The reading seems a bit overacted and in particular, the female characters don't really have any depth. Bush seems pretty unimaginative and not worthy of future promotion. In the action against the "Dons", we see Hornblower at his best. I shall press on next month to #3 ( )
  buffalogr | Nov 22, 2015 |
In a series of books purportedly about Horatio Hornblower, it is surprising to read one in which Hornblower is not the central character, except in an indirect way. C.S. Forester spins this yarn through the eyes of another lieutenant who serves with him on the same ship but is senior to him according to date of commission. This is a clever approach because it allows the reader to see Hornblower's sometimes enigmatic character through the eyes of a colleague. So instead of an omniscient narrator, we see all the action filtered through the point of view of one who is not the hero of the story. As a consequence, Hornblower's heroism, ingenuity and fast thinking are elevated by witness of this colleague who is obviously less talented yet great-hearted enough to acknowledge and appreciate Hornblower's qualities.

Lieutenant Hornblower is another great sea adventure that takes place mostly underway to the West Indies — Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic) in particular, where, under command of an insane captain who suffers a debilitating accident and is thankfully confined to his quarters for the duration leaving the ship in command of the rather dull-witted first lieutenant, they suffer at first a defeat, but swiftly followed by a resounding victory which was thanks almost entirely to Lt. Hornblower. Read the book to see what happens next! ( )
2 vote Poquette | Sep 19, 2015 |
The best swashbuckling series of all time. Nobody swashbuckles quite like Hornblower! ( )
  ratastrophe | Aug 9, 2015 |
A great read...you are not in Hornblower's mind in this novel but you see him through the eyes of Lieutenant Bush who is a senior officer to Hornblower. You watch as a friendship is almost reluctantly develops between the two. You see his abilities to manipulate superiors develop, you see his love/necessity of the game of whist and how it fit into his life. Of course you see the courage, innovation and gallantry in the face of an enemy.

In the proicess you gain insight into a friendship that will follow throughout succeeding novels....such a pleasant quick read. ( )
  Lynxear | Nov 20, 2013 |
My favourite Hornblower Novel. we see the man in a subordinate position, and facing several instances of unfair treatment. He copes, and even then is saved from even more degradation by a recreation of his real milieu. Napoleon starts up the war again. Our look at HH under very difficult conditions really humanizes him. It is similar in tone and plot to another Forester novel "Randall and the River of Time", that also bears up well under rereading. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 21, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Forester, C. S.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
BiroIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cornwell, BernardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coster, NicolasPerformersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gruffuddd, IaonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, GeoffreyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lieutenant William Bush came on board H.M.S. Renown as she lay at anchor in the Hamoaze and reported himself to the officer of the watch, who was a tall and rather gangling individual with hollow cheeks and a melancholy cast of countenance, whose uniform looked as if it had been put on in the dark and not readjusted since.
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In this gripping tale of turmoil and triumph on the high seas, Horatio Hornblower emerges from his apprenticeship as midshipman to face new responsibilities thrust upon him by the fortunes of war between Napoleon and Spain. Enduring near-mutiny, bloody hand-to-hand combat with Spanish seamen, deck-splintering sea battles, and the violence and horror of life on the fighting ships of the Napoleonic Wars, the young lieutenant distinguishes himself in his first independent command. He also faces an adventure unique in his experience: Maria.

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His cool judgment under fire shows that young Hornblower is maturing as he repeatedly defeats the Spanish warships.

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