Writer’s choice 373: Master and Commander

“I frankly don’t think that Master and Commander is by any measure the best novel in Patrick O’Brian’s sprawling 20-volume series, published between 1969 and 1999, chronicling the exploits of Lucky Jack Aubrey and his particular friend Dr Stephen Maturin of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. It is, however, the first, and it’s a thrilling introduction to what is really a single epic work, a continuously unfolding adventure that has given me more pleasure in reading and re-reading than almost anything else I’ve encountered between covers.”

—from my tribute to O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels at Normblog

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