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The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey Impossible to rate this fairly since it ends mid sentence in Chapter 3, and I don t know if O Brian ever left any notes as to his plot ideas Who knows what Jack and Stephen would have gotten up to So I ll hazard a 3 for what was written It was a solid start, as all of the Aubrey books have been.The last couple books had been disappointing in how the plot and pace spun out, but this one started out strong IMO, with someglimpses into Jack and Stephen s domestic life It is probably too mu Impossible to rate this fairly since it ends mid sentence in Chapter 3, and I don t know if O Brian ever left any notes as to his plot ideas Who knows what Jack and Stephen would have gotten up to So I ll hazard a 3 for what was written It was a solid start, as all of the Aubrey books have been.The last couple books had been disappointing in how the plot and pace spun out, but this one started out strong IMO, with someglimpses into Jack and Stephen s domestic life It is probably too much to hope that O Brian would have elevated Bridget, Stephen s daughter, into a plot focus since the chicks tend to get brief screen time, even though they are usually effectively utilized when they do appear in a story Bridget s aptitude for sailing matters and a scientific bent is a sharp contrast to Jack s vapid and plump female spawn and I liked seeing the rivalry for Mrs Aubrey s affections that was ablaze between the girls in the household Bridget seems like a melding of Jack and Stephen s characteristics She could have become rather interesting in future installments.So now I ve come to the end of one of my two favoritest series ever in all literature It s been marvelous sailing, with a couple spells in the doldrums, and the voyage has been utterly book life altering For Aubrey Maturin series fanatics only, and yet I just re read the entire 20 book series from start to finish for what must be at least the fourth time and this time I wanted to peer into the unfinished final volume even though the ending of Blue at the Mizzen was in many ways a perfect ending to the series, with Jack finally ordered to hoist his broad pennant and ascend to flag rank, his life s ambition.The secondary benefit of seeing facsimiles of the author s handwritten drafts, cross o For Aubrey Maturin series fanatics only, and yet I just re read the entire 20 book series from start to finish for what must be at least the fourth time and this time I wanted to peer into the unfinished final volume even though the ending of Blue at the Mizzen was in many ways a perfect ending to the series, with Jack finally ordered to hoist his broad pennant and ascend to flag rank, his life s ambition.The secondary benefit of seeing facsimiles of the author s handwritten drafts, cross outs, and notes to self is a wonderful encouragement to the aspiring writer.This series appeals to the science fiction reading adolescent in me It s total immersion in another universe, one strangely like our own, but in this case historical rather than speculative If there is steampunk then perhaps this could be called windpunk Well, I started this series last July It has been enjoyable to read and I feel a sense of loss that I can t follow Jack and Stephen on anyadventures More than the adventures, which were tame compared to many other books, the pleasant language and craftsmanship of the books are what made for a great experience Patrick O brien s wit and prose out strip any contemporary author I have read It rivals the greats like Victor Hugo and even outstrips many since it was written in english and not Well, I started this series last July It has been enjoyable to read and I feel a sense of loss that I can t follow Jack and Stephen on anyadventures More than the adventures, which were tame compared to many other books, the pleasant language and craftsmanship of the books are what made for a great experience Patrick O brien s wit and prose out strip any contemporary author I have read It rivals the greats like Victor Hugo and even outstrips many since it was written in english and not a translation Book 21 showed off his talents by showing an unfinished manuscript in it s various states and shows that to get the well crafted books he turned out it took a lot of effort Sad day I ve now read all the Aubrey Maturin stories for the first time In a way I wish I could forget all of them so I can read and experience the joy of finding a new author to savor.Anyway, this partial book really wasn t a story as it is incomplete but still gave glimpses into the domestic relations both Stephen and Jack have It also shows their subtle sense of humor when interacting with one another No big sea battle here, buta one last quiet look into the world they are surrounde Sad day I ve now read all the Aubrey Maturin stories for the first time In a way I wish I could forget all of them so I can read and experience the joy of finding a new author to savor.Anyway, this partial book really wasn t a story as it is incomplete but still gave glimpses into the domestic relations both Stephen and Jack have It also shows their subtle sense of humor when interacting with one another No big sea battle here, buta one last quiet look into the world they are surrounded in.I will miss any new adventures for sure and hope that I can find another series which captivated me as this one has Appropriately, Patrick O Brian writes Quietly indeed they sailed along, with gentle breezes that wafted them generally northwards at something in the nature of five miles in the hour, northwards to even warmer seas and may their voyage ever continue with new readers I couldn t recommend this book to anyone who hasn t read the prior 20 installments in this magnificent series It s only three chapters If, however, like me, you have read them all, it s a mandatory read albeit a sad parting I have owned the book for over a year, and just now found a quiet time in my life to read these final pages I feel as if I am saying goodbye to lifelong friends Admiral Jack Aubrey he finally made the rank and his friend, physician Stephen Maturin.With the first I couldn t recommend this book to anyone who hasn t read the prior 20 installments in this magnificent series It s only three chapters If, however, like me, you have read them all, it s a mandatory read albeit a sad parting I have owned the book for over a year, and just now found a quiet time in my life to read these final pages I feel as if I am saying goodbye to lifelong friends Admiral Jack Aubrey he finally made the rank and his friend, physician Stephen Maturin.With the first book, I quickly became fascinated with the naval information These sailors were skilled and BRAVE men In the final analysis, it was Patrick O Brian s spectacular main characters that I came to enjoy the most We leave Aubrey and Maturin knowing that the war is over, their families are well and that their lives are good I ll miss them Consisting of just three chapters, a preliminary long hand sketch of what would surely have been another wonderful novel, there is still much to savour in 21 Here are Jack and Stephen back with us again, and though we don t know where their voyage would have taken them in this book, we see them being happy both of them with their families, Stephen with his dissections and his spy work, Jack with his admiral s flag The book reproduces both O Brian s partial typescript, and his long hand manuscr Consisting of just three chapters, a preliminary long hand sketch of what would surely have been another wonderful novel, there is still much to savour in 21 Here are Jack and Stephen back with us again, and though we don t know where their voyage would have taken them in this book, we see them being happy both of them with their families, Stephen with his dissections and his spy work, Jack with his admiral s flag The book reproduces both O Brian s partial typescript, and his long hand manuscript, which allows for a wonderful glimpse of the marginalia his little sketches of the seating arrangements at the dinner table, and the tiny, touching comment that I am absurdly sleepy, a reminder that when O Brian was writing this, he was eighty five and lonely I do wish that they d transcribed the part of the manuscript which continues on after the transcript O Brian s handwriting is very difficult to read, and is often heavily crossed out It s frustrating to have just a little bit , right there on the page in front of you, and to lack the palaeographical skills to make it out I shouldn t give this 5 Starsbut what the hell Not a complete novel, but I like it because POB loved these characters and this blue world so much, wrote unto his death Fair winds and following seas, Sir Far too short would have been an excellent finish Transcription of the handwritten pages In response to the interest of millions of Patrick O Brian fans, here is the final, partial installment of the Aubrey Maturin seriesBlue at the Mizzen novelended with Jack Aubrey getting the news, in Chile, of his elevation to flag rank Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to the South Africa station The next novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of the author s death, would have been the chronicle of that mission, and much else besides The three chapters left on O Brian s desk at the time of his death are presented here both in printed version including his corrections to the typescript and a facsimile of his manuscript, which goes several pages beyond the end of the typescript to include a duel between Stephen Maturin and an impertinent officer who is courting his fianc e Of course we would rather have had the whole story instead we have this proof that O Brian s powers of observation, his humor, and his understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end I knew that 21 is only a fragment of O Brian s early working through the next Aubrey Maturin story and I could see from the appearance of the book itself that it is quite short and so my expectations were set quite low I looked for it to be only a last souvenir of a series that I have loved It is all that, of course But I was surprised at just how much substance O Brian set down on paper before his death ended the series forever Like the completed volumes that end the series, there is much I knew that 21 is only a fragment of O Brian s early working through the next Aubrey Maturin story and I could see from the appearance of the book itself that it is quite short and so my expectations were set quite low I looked for it to be only a last souvenir of a series that I have loved It is all that, of course But I was surprised at just how much substance O Brian set down on paper before his death ended the series forever Like the completed volumes that end the series, there is much that seems just repetition of scenes I ve already read in the series But there is a bigger glimmer of hope for the next stage of the Aubrey Maturin saga than I saw in the last couple of books Maybe there would ve been 5 or 10stories, if O Brian had lived to write them.Anyway, I found this a surprisingly satisfying, enjoyable read though I do wish that the editors had at least attempted typing up the final manuscript pages, as the handwriting is pretty tough to decipher in places and I see that someone else has done so, here Having access to the unfinished manuscript makes the end of the series seem somehow less final and severe We can imagine that the story goes on and on My reviews of the Aubrey Maturin seriesMaster and Commander Post Captain H.M.S Surprise The Mauritius Command Desolation Island The Fortune of War The Surgeon s Mate The Ionian Mission Treason s Harbour The Far Side of the World The Reverse of the Medal The Letter of Marque The Thirteen Gun Salute The Nutmeg of Consolation Clarissa Oakes The Wine Dark Sea The Commodore The Yellow Admiral The Hundred Days Blue at the Mizzen 21

  • Hardcover
  • 144 pages
  • The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey
  • Patrick O'Brian
  • English
  • 24 June 2019
  • 039306025X

About the Author: Patrick O'Brian

Patrick O Brian s acclaimed Aubrey Maturin series of historical novels has been described as a masterpiece David Mamet, New York Times , addictively readable Patrick T Reardon, Chicago Tribune , and the best historical novels ever written Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review , which should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century George Will.Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O Brian s twenty volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician and spy Stephen Maturin The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e book format.In addition to the Aubrey Maturin novels, Patrick O Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture s biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherriere s memoir Papillon O Brian died in January 2000 The Aubrey Maturin Series on Goodreads


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