[PDF / Epub] ☆ Mr. Midshipman Hornblower By C.S. Forester – Uroturk.info
Zabavna knjizica koja na dosta fin nacin prikazuje kolko je bio tezak i surov zivot mornara na velkim ratnim prodovima 1800tih godina Brrrr, ne bih voleo to da probam.Glavn lik je isto interesantan posto pretstavlja izuzetno moralnog i casnog coveka stavljenog u situacije koje ce testirati ono sto mu je najvaznije.Lako i citko stivo sa dosta dubine tako da svaka preporuka. Here we have a lad of seventeen, a greenhorn deckhand, who works his way up through the ranks with his determination, grit, and a dash of book learnin poor, seasick Hornblower, who barely manages to escape with his life from the duel he himself orchestrated, knowing his own inability and lack of experience in combat Here we have Mr Midshipman Hornblower of the HMS Indefatigable, unaware of the dangers of a leaky ship with a cargo hold full of dry rice Here we have the pertinacious, the temerarious, the au courant, the ber prescient Horatio fing Hornblower , foiling mutinous plots, fighting baddies on sea and on land, farting in the general direction of the French, Spanish, et cetera, and basically drop kicking evil in the face Sometimes I forget that reading can be so fun I spend a lot of my reading time struggling through dense prose, trying to understand philosophical jargon or, in the case of my recent Ulysses failure, trying to understand anything at all Which is good It s valuable But holy cow monkeys do I enjoy hearing about Horatio Hornblower s adventures on the high sea Here We Meet Horatio Hornblower, A Young Man Of , In This Volume Of What Becomes The Volume Set About The Career Of This British Naval Officer Fighting Against Napoleon And His Tyranny Of Europe As An Inexperienced Midshipman In January Bullied And Forced Into A Duel, He Takes An Even Chance And Then He Has Many Chances To Show His Skills And Ingenuities From Sailing A Ship Full Of Wetted And Swelling Rice To Imprisonment And Saving The Lives Of Shipwrecked Sailors And Along The Way, He Fights Galleys, Feeds Cattle, Stays Out Of The Way Of The Guillotine, And Makes Friends With A Duchess Here Hornblower Becomes A Man And Develops The Strength Of Character Which Will Make Him A Hero To His Men, And To All England My library didn t have this when I started reading the series, so I wound up reading Lieutenant Hornblower, the second book chronologically, before this There was quite a difference in the two books Where Lieutenant was pretty much one long story with a short bit tacked on to the end, Midshipman jumps from one short adventure to another like a frog on a hot road, but I liked both Reading them out of order wasn t a huge deal, although I would have preferred to read them in chronological order will do so from now on I have all 11 books.Hornblower is a really interesting hero He s not physically perfect He s tough as nails, but shy, skinny, prone to seasickness, clumsiness He s fairly smart does his best thinking with real problems under life threatening circumstances, but most of all, he has a very rigid code of honor holds true to it He never prevaricates, even to himself this series of adventures shows off the entire young man.Hornblower is rather offhand about the many hardships a sailor faced in the British Navy of the early 1800 s I thought back to my Army days tried to put it in perspective Each man had 22 to hang his hammock Imagine that for a moment That s about shoulder width that s the room they had, not only to sleep in, but to get in out of the bloody thing Suddenly my WWII barracks with rows of bunk beds seemed quite spacious.Why so little room Forester mentions 300 men on a frigate space issues in several places What s a frigate how big is it I looked around a little guess it was about 135 long x 40 wide Tough to tell since the term seems to have covered a lot of different types sizes Figure 2 decks the math shows that each man had 36 square feet, a 6 x6 area without allowing for any superstructure, bracing, tapering, cannon, supplies, or anything else which may well have eaten up a lot of the room Oh my Tight quarters indeed, especially for voyages of months They might have room in a grave Even with all the fresh sea air, I imagine the smell was enough to knock a vulture over Barely mentioned are the latrines which weren t really, as such They were an area with ropes strung off the side of the ship They swung out over the ocean with their trousers down hung on while they did their business, no matter what the weather was like Ugh Food water are mentioned a few times Do NOT look it up It s enough to gag a maggot And there were rats Yet Hornblower likes the sea life It s beyond imagining Shore life must have been dismal indeed It makes the adventures hardships that he willingly endures far believable I m still quite entranced by the series will continue to listen to it It s very well read, a perfect medium.The full series in Published Order 1 The Happy Return 1937 aka Beat to Quarters2 The Ship of the Line 1938 3 Flying Colours 1938 4 The Commodore 1945 aka Commodore Hornblower5 Lord Hornblower 1946 6 Mr Midshipman Hornblower 1950 7 Lieutenant Hornblower 1952 8 Hornblower and the Atropos 1953 9 Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies 1957 10 Hornblower and the Hotspur 1962 11 Hornblower and the Crisis 1967 aka Hornblower During the Crisis partial, unfinished novel 12 Hornblower Addendum 2011 Hornblower One More Time contains 3 short stories Hand of Destiny Charitable Offering aka The Bad Samaritan Hornblower and His MajestyHornblower Addendum Five Stories 2011 is 5 adventures of Horatio Hornblower, two as Lieutenant, two as Captain, and one as Admiral of the Fleet.The Hornblower Companion is an atlas with brief descriptons should be read along with the books.Hornblower Chronology From Wikipedia other sources SS Short Story 1 Mr Midshipman Hornblower Jan 1794 Mar 17981.4 Hornblower and the Hand of Destiny SS 1798 need to find 1.5 Hornblower and the Big Decision Temptation or Widow McCool SS 17992 Lieutenant Hornblower May 1800 Mar 18033 Hornblower and the Hotspur Apr 1803 Jul 18054 Hornblower and the Crisis aka Hornblower During the Crisis Aug 1805 Dec 1805 partial, unfinished novel 5 Hornblower and the Atropos Dec 1805 Jan 18086 The Happy Return aka Beat to Quarters Jun 1808 Oct 18087 The Ship of the Line May 1810 Oct 18107.5 Hornblower s Charitable Offering aka The Bad Samaritan SS Jun 18108 Flying Colours Nov 1810 Jun 18118.5 Hornblower and His Majesty SS 18129 The Commodore aka Commodore Hornblower Apr 1812 Dec 181210 Lord Hornblower Oct 1813 Jun 181411 Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies May 1821 Oct 182311.5 The Last Encounter SS Nov 1848 The Point and the Edge is a brief outline of a story.The Wikipedia entry for the series has a lot of good information, but careful of spoilers There is a table listing all the books stories with both the UK USA published names dates, plus the chronological dates, movies other stuff.See Joy s review for movies HEART OF OAKHeart of oak are our shipsJolly tars are our men.We ll always be ready Steady boys, steady We ll fight and we ll conquerAgain and again British sea shanty, Napoleonic era Those French are a match for the ablest admiral, boys A rollicking good tale of the Sea.25% done. So, this is actually a prequel, written many years after Horatio Hornblower first took the stage and even after he had become one of England s most famous heroes But I ve decided to read these in chronological order and I m quite glad that I did In this book, Horatio is a very young midshipman although not as young as the wealthy and titled lads who take up that position He s been given his first commission aboard the Justinian, where he immediately becomes known as the midshipman who got seasick while still anchored at port He s introverted, awkward, gangly, and a bit of a math nerd However, what makes Horatio s fumbles so incredibly enjoyable is the tangible affection that C.S Forester so obviously feels for him You can really feel Forester s warmth and humor as Horatio contemplates suicide with all the drama of a seventeen year old, or disguises his skinny calves with a bit of wood and some plaster, or gets flustered by a questionable Duchess.And then there are the little glimpses of Hornblower, the leader the man who should not be trifled with These are even enjoyable Underneath all that skinny awkwardness lies a daring, brave, and rigidly honorable man I ve listened to a few author narrated audiobooks recently, and while they weren t terrible and were also undoubtedly authentic in terms of the author s vision , this audiobook really reminded me of how much I love a skilled, professional narrator The narrator for this audiobook is amazing with voices, accents, and inflections I highly recommend this on audio.Perfect Musical PairingBob Dylan When the Ship Comes InYes, I know that this is a metaphorical ship coming in But still I think that this song is a bit about revenge, but also a bit about the inevitability of social growth and change.I found myself very amused by Hornblower s unquestioning participation in government sanctioned kidnapping press gangs or piracy privateering , and the casual racism that he applies to both the French and Spanish sailors, even as he looks on the practice of using galley slaves with disgust But near the end of the book, he seems to become open minded and level headed So there Even in a metaphorical sense, this song applies.And in a literal sense, obviously Yay for high seas adventures I enjoyed this book It is a book about a young inexperienced midshipman named Mr Hornblower He takes us on many fun and challenging sea ventures I recommend this book to all readers It is quite light and fun to read.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond Having finished the first one, I have no idea why I d put off reading these books for years This book was great historical fiction Ships of the Line Age of Sail done right Mr Midhsipman Hornblower introduces us to Hornblower He boards his first ship as a raw, inexperienced and frightened midshipman at seventeen And the book takes Honrblower and the reader on all sorts of adventures He engages in a duel to earn his place on the ship He is given charge and loses a prize ship He visits and almost gets stuck in Morocco He meets a Duchess He is captured Throughout it all, he keeps a level head and makes the best of his situation.What strikes me about these books as opposed to some of the recent Age of Sail or Age of Sail in space fiction that I ve recently read is that Hornblower faces adversity Hornblower is given tasks and he fails When Hornblower loses the prize ship and his first independent command because swelling rice in the hold literally pops his ship open from the inside out I was hooked In too many stories of this ilk, the main character faces only token cardboard opposition an unruly crew that needs to be whipped into shape, or some such In this book the curve balls lobbed at Hornblower are often either self inflicted or out of his control That s a nice change of pace.Four stars out of five The book moves along at a good pace, with plenty of action It s a short, but fun read My only real knock on the book is that Hornblower can be a bit of a twit He always does the right thing I d like to see a little edge on him, but that s OK We see a glimpse of a darker side in the next book, which is good. Mr Midshipman Hornblower begins the seafaring career of a young British officer in one of the greatest historical naval fiction series ever penned It s a heck of a fun rollick with seamen Horatio Hornblower commences his career in the Royal Navy as an inexperienced midshipman in January 1794 Through a series of challenges and adventures both in and out of combat, Hornblower discovers he is actually talented in both seamanship and leadership. WikipediaThis initial book in the series reads somewhat episodic, with whole creating a rounded introductory The first chapter, Hornblower and the Even Chance, is a fantastically tense and dynamic way to begin A bit of a Mary Sue, Hornblower seems to do no wrong much of the time He is given the slightest of character flaws and he occasionally fails, but his fairly consistent successes and need to chastise himself for his failings could get a bit tedious for some readers On the other hand, isn t it nice when the good guy wins The funny thing about Mr Midshipman Hornblower is that it s a prequel Forester went back and began his series after he d already brought the narrative to completion When he originally started writing these books, he began Hornblower s naval career in media res After getting to the end, he went back and wrote a handful of prequels, sort of like what goddamned George Lucas did with Star Wars However, in this case the creator s craft had improved The writing in Mr Midshipman Hornblower has a better flow to it, an effortless ease The characters feel like real people I have to say, it s funny to get into the middle of the entire series and encounter the old books with their stiff characters and stilted writing Regardless of any shortcomings, the series is still one of my favorites and this is a great send off to a wonderful voyage A far too dashing image of Ioan Gruffudd, who played Hornblower in the tv series. Both my oldest daughter and her husband are fans of the Hornblower series, and I ve thoroughly enjoyed the A E movie productions that I ve seen of the Hornblower corpus so I was motivated to read the books, and decided to begin at the beginning of Hornblower s career, with this novel My only previous acquaintance with Forester was from reading one of his short stories I m glad to say it didn t disappoint Forester had a deft hand with maritime adventure not all of it dealing with combat , characterization, and easily readable Realist style The movies based on parts of this novel don t always follow the book very closely the Hornblower revealed here is a complex character than the film version, younger a teen at the beginning and callow, and definitely fallible I could actually identify with him to a high degree even though I d never be able to do some of the things he did because he s portrayed as awkward and shy, and as pushing himself to the limit to do things that tax and scare him mainly because he fears other people s ridicule if he doesn t and because he can make the same kind of absent minded mistakes like forgetting to cock his pistol when he s going into combat that I could imagine myself making One critic I ve read felt that Forester is a less deep writer than his fellow maritime novelist, Melville, because he doesn t go in for symbolism and allegory Nonetheless, his writing isn t shallow he confronts his hero with several demands for moral decision making And on these occasions, Hornblower comes through, earning the reader s respect and setting a good example The writing here is vivid you get a really powerful picture of the hard and dangerous character of naval life in that day as you experience, along with the hero, the palms of his hands being flayed bloody by having to slide down a rough rope from a falling mast, or the winter cold and wet of the waves constantly breaking over him in an open boat.Although this book is usually considered a novel, the structure is episodic enough that it could have been billed as a collection of short stories though the chapters are placed in chronological order, they re each perfectly self contained and could stand as distinct units Since this wasn t the first Hornblower book to be written, it doesn t furnish any detailed information about his life before he went to sea, or why he decided on such a career I m assuming this would have appeared in the first book, but the lack of it here made for a gap in the character development Also, if Forester ever explained the basic nautical terms of a sail driven ship and its rigging and operations, he doesn t do it here technical terms are used abundantly and you glean or sometimes, don t glean an approximation of the meaning from the context, unless you ve picked up a definition elsewhere A sailing ship entry in a good visual dictionary would be a useful accompaniment to this read But these are minor caveats I m looking forward to eventually reading the next two books in terms of Hornblower s life chronology of the series, at least.