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Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O'Brian
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Blue at the Mizzen (1999)

by Patrick O'Brian

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Series: Aubrey-Maturin (20)

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Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, but the ensuing peace becomes ugly for Captain Jack Aubrey, with violent celebrations of the English sailors in Gibraltar and the desertion of nearly half his crew. To cap it all off, the Surprise is nearly sunk in a shattering night collision on the first leg of her journey to South America, where Jack and Stephen are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain. The delay for repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences, and then the South American expedition is a desperate affair, starting with near disaster in the ice-choked seas far south of the Horn. In the end, Jack, again the daring frigate commander of old, stakes all on a desperate solo night raid against the might of the Spanish viceroy in Peru.… (more)

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The Surprise had been a man-of-war vessel. It's newest assignment as a research vessel was a hydrographical assessment. Captain Jack Aubrey has been charged with conducting a survey of Magellan's Strait, the Horn, and the Chile coast. Additionally, Aubrey agreed to help Chile assert its independence from Spain. Aubrey just can't stay away from a good political conflict and his decision has its consequences.
Blue at the Mizzen focuses a little more on the personal lives of Jack Aubrey and especially Doctor Stephen Maturin, which was a pleasant surprise. Jack's brief romance with a married woman, his cousin Isobel was short lived, but Maturin's was a little more substantial. As a widower, he travels to Africa where his birding adventure with fellow bird enthusiast Christine sparks a romance. While his proposal goes unaccepted in the heat of the moment, he continues to write to her from sea and his letters become a diary of sorts (extremely helpful with the narrative).
Of course O'Brian adds plenty of swashbuckling drama as well as international intrigue to his plot besides romance.
  SeriousGrace | Jun 20, 2019 |
audible.com Edition read by Patrick Tull.
  StephenMZumbo | Apr 2, 2018 |
Nel blu dipinto di blu

Non può annoiare un libro simile. Io guardo il mare continuamente, ogni singola onda, le sue crestine quando il vento ci soffia sopra con determinazione, il colore che cambia dal mattino al tramonto o si incupisce sotto una nuvola scura... e non me ne stanco mai. Prima o poi doveva mettersi un punto alle avventure della Surprise, tutto ha una fine, ma stancarsi, quello no. Che lo legga a terra, nel mio letto, addormentandomi fra un avvistamento di nave nemica e una lettera scritta dal medico di bordo, o quando sono in barca a veleggiare verso il tramonto con gli amici, è una promessa di avvicinamento a quel mare che non posso toccare o una suggestione amplificata dal rollìo che accompagna la lettura. Per chi si porta il mare dentro, sempre... per chi soffre e si inquieta quando troppi giorni sono messi fra il ricordo e la sete inestinguibile. ( )
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
Aubrey and Maturin in their twentieth outing. If you don't know what to expect by now, you've probably done it wrong. Not the best in the series, but certainly not the worst, either. ( )
  JBD1 | Sep 23, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Patrick O'Brianprimary authorall editionscalculated
Antón, MiguelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Case, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herbulot, FlorenceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunt, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kann, AndreaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merla, PaolaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I dedicate this book, donum indignum,
to the Provost and to all those many people
who were so kind to me while I was
writing it in Trinity College, Dublin

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The Surprise, lying well out in the channel with Gibraltar half a mile away on her starboard quarter, lying at a single anchor with her head to the freshening north-west breeze, piped all hands at four bells in the afternoon watch; and at the cheerful sound her tender Ringle, detached once more on a private errand by Lord Keith, cheered with the utmost good will, while the Surprises turned out with a wonderful readiness, laughing, beaming and thumping one another on the back in spite of a strong promise of rain and a heavy sea running already.
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