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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (original 1950; edition 1975)

by C. S. Forester

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Title:Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Authors:C. S. Forester
Info:Pinnacle Books (1975), Edition: 3rd Printing, Mass Market Paperback, 270 pages
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Tags:English, 20th Century, Novel, Historical Fiction, Napoleonic Wars, Nautical, War, Adventure

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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester (1950)

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Not chronologically the first written, but containing the seminal adventures of the classic hero. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Masterfully told with wit and verve, this chronologically-first volume of tales introduces the reader to the young Horatio Hornblower, Midshipman of the HMS Indefatigable, who enters into the Royal Navy at the age of seventeen and begins the long hard trail of experience which will eventually lead him to the greatest heights of prestige. I want to say that I don't know why I've never been tempted by these stories until now, but I suspect it to have been immaturity. Nevertheless, better late than never. Ten more volumes to go...

Full review to follow. ( )
  Bill_Bibliomane | May 31, 2016 |
לא חשבתי שחמישים שנה אחרי שקראתי את הספר פעם ראשונה יחד עם כל הסאגה עוד אהנה ממנו היום. אבל להפתעתי הוא עדיין קריאה טובה, מעניינת ואינטליגנטית. ( )
  amoskovacs | Feb 24, 2016 |
What a great introduction to the character. These short stories give a broad overview of the early Naval education of Horatio Hornblower and it turns out to be a really entertaining read. Published 6th in order of publication it actually makes mores sense to read it first chronologically -and so I did!

A little more accessible than the O'Brian series, but still full of detail and atmosphere. I love this book and wish I'd read them as a lusty youth - I may even have joined the Senior Service myself. ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
An enjoyable read. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316289124, Paperback)

The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits. This novel-in which young Horatio gets his sea legs, proves his mettle, and shows the makings of the legend he will become-is the first of the eleven swashbuckling Hornblower tales that are today regarded as classic adventure stories of the sea.

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"Horatio Hornblower is only seventeen when he joins His Majesty's Royal Navy as a Midshipman. He's dangerously unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, but he's saved by his quick, mathematical mind and keen eye.... This is where it all begins--where young Hornblower gets his sea legs and shows the makings of the legend he will later become."--Jacket.… (more)

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