[BOOKS] ⚦ Lieutenant Hornblower Author C.S. Forester – Uroturk.info
I am so glad I never read the Hornblower books when I was younger, since I get to enjoy them as fresh reads now It must be redundant to say what an interesting character Forester has created and how well he integrates the history I have read most of the Patrick O Brien books, and it is unavoidable to compare the two series, a common element of which is the arbitrary and often unfair nature of a life controlled by the politics of the British navy In my view, both series are great escapist reading, with lots of action So far, Forester s Hornblower seems to have a focused career path than O Brien s Aubrey.The interplay among the lieutenants is fascinating, and Forester provides insights into how to survive and rise in any complex organization What we don t get is an understanding of what Hornblower thinks about the risks he takes and the way luck plays a hand, since the story is not told from Hornblower s POV And, by the way, how did the captain fall into the hole I understand from other reviewers that this is the only book in the series not from Hornblower s POV, which I think is probably a good thing Does anyone know why Forester wrote this one as he did In the first chronologically the order in which the books were actually written is different book of the Hornblower series, Mr Midshipman Hornblower, readers learn that he was promoted to lieutenant during the Spanish captivity from which he s released at the end of that book This book picks up about three years later which brings us to about 1800, since his date of rank is said to be August 1797 , when he s the most junior lieutenant aboard the H.M.S Renown They re about to set sail from England under sealed orders but as the reader quickly learns, that s not the scariest part of the situation That would be the fact that the captain has fallen prey to a state of paranoid mental disturbance which is steadily getting worse rather than better The naval regulations of that day give him practically absolute powers on a ship at sea, and don t provide any regular channels for removing him on the basis of insanity Anyone who s read Herman Wouk s 1951 novel The Caine Mutiny or, like me, his subsequent play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial A Drama In Two Acts will see enough similarity between Capt Sawyer and Capt Queeg to suspect that the latter provided a model for the former But Forester is his own writer, and this isn t a Wouk knock off the two authors develop their stories in distinctively different ways.Some of my basic comments in my review of the first book apply here as well But this book is much less episodic it has a continuous linear plot that holds interest throughout Another significant difference is that Hornblower isn t the viewpoint character here that lot falls to the ship s third officer, Lt William Bush This means we see Hornblower through other eyes than his own, and aren t inside his head at any point a narrative strategy that not only gives us some distance from the main character and fleshes out another perspective, but allows Forester to shroud a key plot point with deliberate ambiguity and mystery You ll learn what I mean if you read the book IMO, this was a shrewd move on the author s part The ethical question s subtly raised or implied here could provoke a lot of serious discussion Forester doesn t imply any viewpoint about the matter, leaving it to the readers to formulate their own.Forester shows himself to be a real master of characterization here, especially with Hornblower and Bush who are very distinctive but equally real personalities, with their own virtues and faults , but with other characters as well He does action scenes well and realistically, with the necessary but not gratuitous gore The psychological and social situation created by a captain s madness, in the claustrophobic confines of a sail powered warship, is masterfully evoked Subtle social commentary about the characters highly class conscious world adds depth to the story line, and we re also treated to a Regency novel of manners with a naval flavor in places There s often a high degree of narrative tension and suspense here Perhaps the main drawback of the book is the author s tendency to assume readers know a great deal about technical matters both those of early 19th century ship handling and the card game whist than this one does Though I could gather that the latter has some similarity to games like Rook, which I ve played enough that I could get a tolerable sense of what was going on at the card table I could get a broad basic sense of the physical maneuvering of the ship in battle, but that was about it, and I have no real clue about the meaning of some of the nautical vocabulary though I could deduce definitions of some of the terms For all that, though, this was still a very satisfying read I ll definitely be continuing with the series for now, though I don t plan to read all of the chronologically later books. In This Gripping Tale Of Turmoil And Triumph On The High Seas, Horatio Hornblower Emerges From His Apprenticeship As Midshipman To Face New Responsibilities Thrust Upon Him By The Fortunes Of War Between Napoleon And Spain Enduring Near Mutiny, Bloody Hand To Hand Combat With Spanish Seamen, Deck Splintering Sea Battles, And The Violence And Horror Of Life On The Fighting Ships Of The Napoleonic Wars, The Young Lieutenant Distinguishes Himself In His First Independent Command He Also Faces An Adventure Unique In His Experience Maria This book picks up a short span after the first book Now, Hornblower is the junior Lieutenant on the HMS Renown, a ship of the line This book is a very marked departure from the start of the Hornblower series And that is a very good thing.First, the story is NOT told from Hornblower s perspective Rather, the reader experiences the story and Hornblower s growth via a senior Lieutenant, Mr Bush Normally in series of this ilk we follow the same general perspective throughout, e.g., in the Sharpe series, we follow Sharpe Forester shakes this up by viewing Hornblower from a third party s point of view The result is fantastic In the first book Hornblower can come across as a bit of a straight edge He tries earnestly to do the right thing Always Seen from the eyes of Mr Bush, Hornblower appears cold, calculating and just a tad manipulative It makes me wonder how the main characters in my favorite books appear to the minor characters There s a mind bender Next, whereas the first book was a collection of adventures that collectively added up to the first book in the Hornblower saga, this was very much one story And unlike the first book it is not light hearted The HMS Renown is not a happy ship Captain James Sawyer is a paranoid schizophrenic He believes the officers are conspiring against him Hornblower and the other officers are, ironically, left with no other option than to conspire against him a capital offense under the articles of war Throughout the entire book the threat of a court martial and hanging looms over Hornblower Rest assures, despite the pressure, Hornblower nevertheless manages to distinguish himself Again, one of the things that I like about this story thus far is the adversity that Hornblower faces Unlike some Age of Sail or Age of Sail in Space that I ve read, bad things happen to him Nothing comes easy At the end of the book he winds up on the edge of poverty in London following peace and the Treaty of Amiens I like that It makes the whole thing feel authentic Color me impressed Five starts out of five. Lieutenant Hornblower may be the name of the book, and he s certainly what it s about, but there s a fine little twist that begins on the first page and is sustained throughout Lieutenant Hornblower is not from his point of view.Instead of experiencing HMS Renown s time in the Caribbean through Lieutenant Hornblower s eyes, we see the Renown s mission to Santo Domingo from the perspective of one of Horatio s superior officers, Lieutenant William Bush Bush a solid, steady, unimaginative Lieutenant meets Hornblower in the earliest stages of the novel, and everything we know about the title character comes through the filter of Bush At first Bush finds Hornblower fascinating, then he feels a twinge of jealousy, then some fear when he wonders if Hornblower is responsible for maiming Captain Sawyer and putting him permanently out of commission , then wonder at Hornblower s self control, then some admiration, before a return of anger, and finally a deep respect and devoted friendship for the junior officer who is destined to become his superior.It s an interesting move for an author of a series to make, but C.S Forester s use of Bush in Lieutenant Hornblower is effective in a couple of pragmatic ways First, Forester controls exactly what he wants us to know about Hornblower second, this withheld knowledge leaves us always wondering, along with Bush, whether Hornblower really did have anything to do with the injuring of Captain Sawyer, and maybe even his murder during the retaking of Renown from a pack of captured privateers third, it gives us the very important experience of seeing how the men who follow Hornblower, subordinates and superiors alike, come to lay their lives on the line for such a distant, arrogant, mysterious and precocious young man.Lieutenant Hornblower isn t without its flaws, though It s nautical bits seem to be a bit of annoyance to the author, who uses them primarily as a way to move the reader from one nasty battle or action set piece to the next This peculiarity makes it feel like something out of the Sharpe series, Bernard Cornwell s anti heroic rifleman, than Patrick O Brian s superior Aubrey Maturin series Which isn t to say that Cornwell and Forester are bad far from it but I d much rather eat a perfectly cooked steak than overcooked hamburgers.Then again, when steak isn t available burger is a satisfying substitute And I ve know doubt I will be eating burgers again very soon. Karijera casnog i pametnog mornara u surovoj sredini se nastavlja Ovog puta imamo vise akcija, cak i napad na utvrdjenje, a i sama radnja je nekako vise popunjena tako da se mnogo brze cita Prosto vuce.Svi likovi u knjizi su fino realizovani i ostavljaju utisak pravih ljudi pa imamo likove za koje navijamo i koje mrzimo Good times.A i kraj je odlican mada FU glavnom liku za sve muke koje je preziveo.U svakom slucaju preporuka. Not a lot of depth, but enormous fun. All the editions seem to think they re short books on tape tied to the TV moviesoh well.This exceptional series continues with Lieutenant Hornblower and his move to another ship as 5th Lieutenant The Captain being a paranoid schizophrenic doesn t help a lot.After adventure, danger, death.intrigue Hornblower gains promotion to Commander, unfortunatly the promotion isn t confirmed before peace breaks out Hornblower must pay back the difference in his Lieutenant s pay and the Commander s pay he d started to receive, before he reverts back to that level Once he s ashore with no ship ain t peace awful he s reduced to making a living through card playing wist.But happily the peace doesn t hold irony huh and he s called back to navy confirmed as a Commander of a sloop of war.Of course, he also met his soon to be first wife while he was on shore Get your horn blown in this book of complete seaman insanity Yes, I do plan on riding the seamen jokes long after they re played out Our hero Horatio Hornblower is put in a tough position with his wardroom messmates The captain of the HMS Renown has gone off his rocker and thinks his officers are plotting against him They re notwell, not at first They re pushed into it when things come to a head and it becomes apparent the captain s erratic behavior is endangering the ship The lieutenants gather for a meeting to talk over the situation in a meeting that could be construed as mutinous And that s when things take a surprising twist Lieutenant Hornblower is a different kind of Hornblower book in that its narrated by Bush, Hornblower s bestbud This shift in the usual POV was probably done for a couple reasons One, Bush leads a pivotal attack and two, Hornblower is caught in a tough situation affecting his financial and married life, which would be easier to show through someone else s eyes rather than hearing it from the source An Englishman of that period circa 1800 would never be so indelicate as to discuss such intimate details While this is the second book in the series, it s actually the seventh book Forester wrote about Hornblower s career in the navy The series originally started with Hornblower having already obtained the rank of captain After Forester took the series to its natural resolution, he went back and did a bunch of prequels to fill in the details of his hero s early days I bring this up only because the writing is affected by it This book is nuanced than those preceding it Forester s plotting and character development improved as he went along The first half of the series flows and feels old shoe comfortable, while the latter half feels stilted and utilitarian The whole thing, especially this book, is quite enjoyable, so that s just a minimal word to the wise. Excellent I ve never read any of this series before this one is the second chronologically, but the sixth published Not the place to start, but my library doesn t have the first chronologically My edition is an audio by Chivers Audiobooks read by Christian Rodska Very well read I wanted to read these because I really liked David Weber s Honor Harrington series everyone, including the author, agree that it is a direct homage to the Hornblower series I ve also heard it s similar in some ways to Bernard Cornwell s Sharpe series which I like plus a lot of good things about it over the years Somehow I never got around to reading it, though.I m always a little worried when I read a classic So many have a great story, but the writing turns me off Not in this case, although I m surprised There were times the description was very intricate didn t really move the story forward, yet it was always interesting For instance, there was a problem with a cannon touch hole I was treated to an excruciatingly detailed description of how it was fixed It worked It helped build the tension certainly fit into the story, although I m still not positive how Forester managed to pull that off From most other authors, it would have seemed like pure filler.The story itself was very engaging could have stopped at several points leaving me fulfilled or wanting Forester took it a lot further along than I would have guessed or wanted if asked but again it worked well much to my amazement I guess a truly good author can break a lot of rules keep me engaged.I m definitely going to get others in this series listen to them.