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Product Description Here we meet Horatio Hornblower a young man of 17 in this Volume #1 of what becomes the 11 volume set about the career of this British Naval officer fighting against Napoleon and his tyranny of Europe in the late seventeen hundreds 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. I ve got really strong memories of enjoying the Hornblower TV movies of the late 90 s so seemed like another perfect book series to get started with I d decided to read these in chronological orderWhilst there is a slight preuel feel to these adventures it s definitely the best place to startSeeing young 17 year old Hornblower s inexperience helps the reader to understand the nautical terms with ease and get a greater sense of the late Eighteenth Century settingI definitely could sympathise with his seasicknessThere s a real short story collection vibe to this volume with some parts interesting than othersBut ultimately it s seeing the young Horatio grow throughout the tales that makes this a great adventures novel

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Mr Midshipman Hornblower

Man and develops the strength of character which will make him a hero to his men and to all England From Library Journal This trio offer of the salty adventures of the title character who sailed the ocean blue during the Napoleonic Wars Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information Inc Review Mr Forester is a than able historical novelist explaining many of the principles of sailing and fighting a suare rigged British man of war He also has a strong command of military tactics and strategy The Wall Street Journal Robert L Simison From the Publisher 8 1 hour cassettes About the Author C S Forester was born in Cairo in 1899 where. 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 faceSometimes 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

C.S. Forester Þ 6 Characters

His father was stationed as a government official He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital and after leaving Guy's without a degree he turned to writing as a career On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy to collect material for The Ship He made a voyage to the Bering Sea to gather material for a similar book on the United States Navy and it was during this trip that he was stricken with arteriosclerosis a disease which left him crippled However he continued to write and in the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction He died in 196. So this is actually a preuel 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 uite 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 CS 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 uestionable DuchessAnd 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 audioPerfect 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 changeI found myself very amused by Hornblower s unuestioning 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 appliesAnd in a literal sense obviously Yay for high seas adventures


10 thoughts on “Mr Midshipman Hornblower

  1. says:

    When I was growing up my Mom who doubled as the village librarian URGED me to read this book I’m sure she saw in me a little Midshipman Horn

  2. says:

    I’ve got really strong memories of enjoying the Hornblower TV movies of the late 90’s so seemed like another perfect book series to get started with I’d decided to read these in chronological orderWhilst th

  3. says:

    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 commen

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 uite 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 ano

  6. says:

    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 learn

  7. says:

    So this is actually a preuel 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 uite glad that I did In this book Horatio is a very young midshipman although not as young as the

  8. says:

    HEART OF OAKHeart of oak are our shipsJolly tars are our menWe'll always be ready Steady boys steady We'll fight a

  9. says:

    The Hornblower books by C S Forester are among the iconic novels of the English language and with good reason in

  10. says:

    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 uite light and fun to readEnjoy and Be BlessedDiamond