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Kommendör Hornblower (1945)

av C. S. Forester

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The newly promoted Commodore returns to the scene of his first naval action - the Baltic. In a gripping adventure in the northern waters Hornblower must use all his skill and experience to prevent a catastrophic war - container.
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This installment of the saga shows our hero turning from the dull life of a country squire and back into the fight against Napoleon, this time in the far reaches of the Baltic, and there isn't a dull moment. With an increase in rank he finds himself adjusting to the pomp his new title bestows, something new to this man inclined to action rather than appearance, and still he gets in the thick of battle dep enough to have done himself a bad turn by the very end. His hallmark navel ingenuity comes through on more than one occasion, along with the glimpses into his humane and decent spirit in the manner we have come to cherish. The renegade Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz puts in an appearance working for the imperial Russian army, as does the Tsar, briefly, along with a number of well-drawn junior officers and military enlistees. Forester manages to spring a number of surprises for us along the way to keep things interesting and ends the whole thing on quite a cliffhanger.
The audio book narration by Christian Rodska adds something to the tale though a couple of the accents were a little tough to make out the first time. This is the kind of adventure story that makes the hours fly especially if one is fond of the details of the way square-rigged warships worked. ( )
  rmagahiz | Jul 9, 2020 |
This is the first book in my reread of the Hornblower series that is not, in fact a reread. Unfortunately, it is clearly the worst of the Hornblower novels, confirming my suspicion that Forester made a mistake at the end of Flying Colours when he gave Hornblower everything he ever wanted: recognition, wealth, and love. Hornblower with recognition, wealth, and love is just not Hornblower, even if he does yearn to go to sea. Commodore Hornblower is the worst installment in the entire series. Unlike in the first three books, where Hornblower is cleverly making the best out of a bad situation, in this book, he commands a squadron and respect. His situation is actually quite nice! You could do a book about how commanding a squadron brings new challenges, but Forester doesn't; Hornblower seems to settle in quickly, without a problem.

Which is really symptomatic of the whole book. It never feels like anything's at stake. In Beat to Quarters, Forester made you feel like this one ship-to-ship battle was of the utmost importance. In Commodore Hornblower, we're constantly told that the war in the Baltic, and thus the whole war with Napoleon, depends on what Hornblower does. But one never really feels that anything significant depends on Hornblower cruising around lobbing bombs from safety and discovering hors d'oeuvres.

It is interesting to note how Forester pulls back from some of the elements of Flying Colours that were intended to wrap things up. In that book, Bush is promoted to captain, but we're told he'll work in a naval yard on account of his wooden leg. Here, he assumes command of an active-duty ship because, well, what's a Hornblower novel without Bush?

(Delightfully, the title page of my 1981 Pinnacle Books edition gives the title as Commodore Hornblower: Number Eight in the Hornblower Saga, The greatest naval adventures of all time! I love it.)
1 rösta Stevil2001 | Apr 13, 2019 |
Don Horatio e elevado a COmodoro y puesto en el mando de una escuadra en el Báltico, y allí colabora con los Rusos durante el sitio de Riga. Escrito en 1945 tiene un monton de guiños a la situación europea de esa época ( )
  gneoflavio | Aug 5, 2018 |
Book number 9 in the saga! As the story started out, I thought it definitely read like a sequel. I envisioned Mr. Forester sitting before his typewriter thinking, "Let's see. I've given Hornblower adventures in the English channel, the Mediterranean, the Pacific. Where else can I have him sail? I know! Let's send him to the Baltic!" So Captain Hornblower is made Commodore of a small fleet and spends 1812 attempting to thwart Napoleon's war effort in northern Europe. But the story wasn't just a case of "same adventures, different backdrop". In this novel, Hornblower takes on the role of diplomat, hoping to keep Sweden and Russia from falling to France's armies. There's military action as well, though Hornblower has to face the challenge of fighting opponents on land. All in all it's another entertaining book in the series.
--J. ( )
  Hamburgerclan | Jan 30, 2018 |
Once again our hero is called into action. Hornblower is now a Commodore and still refuses to keep his hands clean. He proves that he is just as savvy on land as at sea. With the encroaching of the French upon Russia anyone who knows their history can get a sharp visual of what is about to happen to Napoleon. Marching into Russia with over six hundred thousand men and loosing 90 percent of them during a retreat from the Russian winter is grim. Hornblower is stoic and steadfast, but yet has an uneasiness even in his later years that makes him such a human. ( )
  Joe73 | Apr 29, 2017 |
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