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The Golden Ocean (1956)

door Patrick O'Brian

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In the year 1740, Commodore (later Admiral) George Anson embarked on a voyage that would become one of the most famous exploits in British naval history. Sailing through poorly charted waters, Anson and his men encountered disaster, disease, and astonishing success. They circumnavigated the globe and seized a nearly incalcuable sum of Spanish gold and silver, but only one of the five ships survived.This is the background to the first novel Patrick O'Brian ever wrote about the sea, a precursor to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series that shares the excitement and rich humor of those books. The protagonist is Peter Palafox, son of a poor Irish parson, who signs on as a midshipman, never before having seen a ship. Together with his lifelong friend Sean, Peter sets out to seek his fortune, embarking upon a journey of danger, disappointment, foreign lands, and excitement.Here is a tale certain to please not only admirers of O'Brian's work but also any reader with an adventurous soul."In the present case the names were provided for me, together with the whole sequence of events, just as they were for Homer, Virgil, and many others....I was fortunate enough to have great material, and I wrote the book in about six weeks (or was it less?), laughing most of the time."--Patrick O'Brian on the writing of The Golden Ocean… (meer)
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This is the first of O'Brian's other series about life in the Royal Navy during the Age of Sail. It`s only one tenth as long as the enormously more famous Aubrey/Maturin series and set nearly 100 years earlier.

A fiercely proud Irish boy and his companions dash off rather naively to serve on a ship destined to traverse the globe and encounter numerous adventures along the way.

What makes this truly different from those other Royal Navy books is that we see life on ship from the perspective of junior officers, rather than senior ones, with characters that are much different and more broadly comic.

If you like anything else by O'Brian I'm confident you'll enjoy this one and if you enjoy a well told historical adventure this should go down well. Fine writing as usual.
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  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
My first PO’B book and probably my last. Story was okay, pace was okay, adventure and excitement were okay. Nothing more or less, just very average. I want more from a book. ( )
  untraveller | Jul 31, 2019 |
In 1956 O'Brian had hit on his style; a thicket of language and nautical terms, immersion in to the worldview of the 18th century, Irish characters, and humour, although none of it is quite as refined as the later volumes. This is a one-off jaunt that doesn't have characters of the same richness as Aubrey and Maturin, but is very reminiscent of, and feels like a long-lost prequel. ( )
  adzebill | Jan 18, 2015 |
First-rate. ( )
  esswedl | Jul 17, 2012 |
In this meandering book, O'Brian shows off his talent for creating characters that it is a pleasure to follow on their travels. His Irish characters' dialogue is particularly enjoyable. ( )
  Unreachableshelf | Nov 27, 2011 |
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In the year 1740, Commodore (later Admiral) George Anson embarked on a voyage that would become one of the most famous exploits in British naval history. Sailing through poorly charted waters, Anson and his men encountered disaster, disease, and astonishing success. They circumnavigated the globe and seized a nearly incalcuable sum of Spanish gold and silver, but only one of the five ships survived.This is the background to the first novel Patrick O'Brian ever wrote about the sea, a precursor to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series that shares the excitement and rich humor of those books. The protagonist is Peter Palafox, son of a poor Irish parson, who signs on as a midshipman, never before having seen a ship. Together with his lifelong friend Sean, Peter sets out to seek his fortune, embarking upon a journey of danger, disappointment, foreign lands, and excitement.Here is a tale certain to please not only admirers of O'Brian's work but also any reader with an adventurous soul."In the present case the names were provided for me, together with the whole sequence of events, just as they were for Homer, Virgil, and many others....I was fortunate enough to have great material, and I wrote the book in about six weeks (or was it less?), laughing most of the time."--Patrick O'Brian on the writing of The Golden Ocean

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