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The Unknown Shore av Patrick O'Brian
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The Unknown Shore (utgåvan 2004)

av Patrick O'Brian (Författare)

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Patrick O'Brian's first novel about the sea, The Golden Ocean, took inspiration from Commodore George Anson's fateful circumnavigation of the globe in 1740. In The Unknown Shore, O'Brian returns to this rich source and mines it brilliantly for another, quite different tale of exploration and adventure.The Wager was parted from Anson's squadron in the fierce storms off Cape Horn and struggled alone up the coast of Chile until she was driven against the rocks and sank. The survivors were soon involved in trouble of every kind. A surplus of rum, a disappearing stock of food, and a hard, detested captain soon drove them into drunkenness, mutiny, and bloodshed. After many months of privation, a handful of men made their way northward under the guidance of a band of Indians, at last finding safety in Valparaiso.This saga of survival is the background to the adventures of two young men aboard the Wager: midshipman Jack Byron and his friend Tobias Barrow, an alarmingly naive surgeon's mate. Patrick O'Brian's many devoted readers will take particular interest in this story, as Jack and Toby form a kind of blueprint for Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the famed heroes of the great Aubrey/Maturin series to come.… (mer)
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One of O'Brian's early novels, which contains what seem very much like preliminary versions of Aubrey and Maturin. An utter delight to read, with O'Brian's wonderful mix of wry humor, maritime shenanigans, and well-paced story. ( )
  JBD1 | Nov 21, 2020 |
Great precursor to the Aubrey-Maturin series. Not as good as the series itself, but you can see O'Brian starting to get everything in place. Lots of fun. ( )
  nushustu | Aug 5, 2019 |
The narration hardly ever cracks - a pretty astounding thing, given how drawn-out the descriptions can be. The dialogue's formatting is really masterful, but I didn't appreciate the lazy and often unclear way O'Brian would occasionally start chapters in medias res. The plot drags 2/3rds the way through, and the pacing falls off a bit, but generally it's an enjoyable story with a couple really exciting and funny scenes. ( )
  Algybama | Apr 17, 2017 |
Indispensable to Aubrey/Maturin fans as the first draft of the characters. The problem with the book is that it adheres strictly to the historical facts of the wreck of the Wager, which were so unremittingly miserable as to wear out long before the end any pleasure in reading about them.
  sonofcarc | Mar 29, 2015 |
Absolutely delightful precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin novels where the heroes are a junior version of the sailor and the scientist.. Each sentence is a joy. Funny, charming and if you like Marryat, and Austen, and Fielding, you will love this. ( )
  almigwin | Jan 30, 2010 |
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Patrick O'Brian's first novel about the sea, The Golden Ocean, took inspiration from Commodore George Anson's fateful circumnavigation of the globe in 1740. In The Unknown Shore, O'Brian returns to this rich source and mines it brilliantly for another, quite different tale of exploration and adventure.The Wager was parted from Anson's squadron in the fierce storms off Cape Horn and struggled alone up the coast of Chile until she was driven against the rocks and sank. The survivors were soon involved in trouble of every kind. A surplus of rum, a disappearing stock of food, and a hard, detested captain soon drove them into drunkenness, mutiny, and bloodshed. After many months of privation, a handful of men made their way northward under the guidance of a band of Indians, at last finding safety in Valparaiso.This saga of survival is the background to the adventures of two young men aboard the Wager: midshipman Jack Byron and his friend Tobias Barrow, an alarmingly naive surgeon's mate. Patrick O'Brian's many devoted readers will take particular interest in this story, as Jack and Toby form a kind of blueprint for Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the famed heroes of the great Aubrey/Maturin series to come.

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