Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

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The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits. This novel-in which young Horatio gets his sea legs, proves his mettle, and shows the makings of the legend he will become-is the first of the eleven swashbuckling Hornblower tales that are today regarded as classic adventure stories of the sea.
Publisher: Boston : Little Brown, c1950.
ISBN: 9780316289122
Branch Call Number: FICTION Forester C.S. 1950
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,20 cm.


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Aug 21, 2015

I've had a long love affair with the adventures of Hornblower and have gone back to re-read most of the books in the series at least once. In this one, as a raw, gangly teenager his character is still being formed but some of the peculiar personality traits that make him so much fun are already beginning to appear. These are tales of high adventure on the high seas, set mostly during the Napoleonic wars. The books tend to be quite episodic in structure, so that each chapter almost stands as a short story on its own, which could be seen as a shortcoming; yet the adventures are sequential and Hornblower grows and matures with each successive exploit, adding to the complexity of the character. This is escapist fiction at its best.


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