Review of ‘Master and Commander’ by Patrick O’Brian

Patrick O’Brian, Master and Commander (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1969). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Several years ago, I read The Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels, which begins with Master and Commander. They recount the exploits and misfortunes of Jack Aubrey, a rising British naval officer, and Stephen Maturin, his friend and ship’s doctor, across the globe in the first two decades of the Nineteenth Century. “The best way to think of these novels,” Patrick Reardon has written, “is as a single 5,000-page book.” If you, like me, are a series reader, Master and Commander will suck you in. Set in the western Mediterranean, … Continue reading Review of ‘Master and Commander’ by Patrick O’Brian