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The Young Hornblower Omnibus: "Mr.Midshipman Hornblower", "Lieutenant…

door C. S. Forester

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Reeksen: Horatio Hornblower (Omnibus 1, 2, 3)

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Introducing the most gallant and redoubtable figure in naval history - Horatio Hornblower. The seventeen year old Hornblower became infamous as soon as he stepped on board ship as the midshipman who was seasick in the Spithead, but things were soon to change. Amid battle, action and adventure he proves himself time and time again - courageous in danger, resourceful in moments of difficulty and decisive in times of trouble. The reader stands right beside him as he prepares to fight his first duel, feels that heat as he battles to control a blazing ship and shares his horror as he experiences for the first time, the panic of the plague. The young Hornblower - A truly formidable force in his majesty's service.… (meer)
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It's a long time since I read these Hornblower stories from early in his naval career - when I was a teenager. I've read some but not all of the later ones in the series.

I've also bought from the Folio Society quite a few of the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey-Maturin series and seen the excellent film with Russell Crowe as "lucky" Jack Aubrey (Master and Commander - an amalgam of more than one O'Brian novel)

So I wondered if I would find C S Forester more childish than O'Brian: not a bit of it!

In fact while O'Brian can be heavy going in parts of his novels this is definitely not the case for Lieutenant Hornblower that I have just read.

This book is unusual in that it is written from the pov of Lt Bush who was usually subordinate to Hornblower but here starts as a more senior lieutenant on a large (740 crew!) ship of the line.

I won't go into the plot which is quite a page turner. The key to this novel is the developing friendship of the two men and the describing of their quite different but complementary characters.
Bush is the more experienced practical seaman who takes raising a heavy cannon up a steep cliff in his stride -one suspects Hornblower would have struggled with this technical task. On the other hand, Hornblower has learned how to handle senior ranks diplomatically and is quick to recognise tactical opportunities and devise effective plans of action. Bush has no sympathy for the enemy (Spanish "dagoes") whereas Hornblower speaks Spanish and is pained when a Spanish ship founders under British fire.

Hornblower leapfrogs Bush to get his first command as a commander (not captain) at the end of the book but Bush is in no way upset or jealous.

Forester's descriptions of a sailing ship at sea can be quite lyrical e.g.
"It was Sunday morning. The Renown had caught the north-east trades and was plunging across the Atlantic at her best speed, with studding sails set on both sides, the roaring trades driving her along with a steady pitch and heave, her bluff bows now and then rising a smother of spray that supported momentary rainbows. The rigging was piping loud and clear, the treble and the tenor to the baritone and bass of the noises of the ship's fabric as she pitched – a symphony of the sea.." ( )
  Joe_Gargery | Sep 3, 2020 |
Hornblower is an old friend of mine who I have a long-standing affection for, and my rating reflects this, even though I admit they are hardly works of first class literature. Except, perhaps, for 'Lieutenant Hornblower'; the only book written not from Hornblower's point of view, but from that of Bush, it is on a higher literary plane than all the others, and a much more interesting and satisfying read. ( )
  sloopjonb | Jun 7, 2014 |
bought today 1 of 12 books for $10 the lot.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
After reading this book, I discovered that therse three books are not sequential. There are two books chronologically between Lieutenant Hornblower and Hornblower and the Atropos. This was my first experience with the Hornblower series. I recommend it as a good starting place, as long as you are aware that there is a subtantial time gap beween the second and third book in this omnibus
Individual reviews:
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower: http://www.librarything.com/work/7683/reviews/63837087
Lieutenant Hornblower: http://www.librarything.com/work/7639/reviews/63837097
Hornblower and the Atropos: http://www.librarything.com/work/7574/reviews/63837109 ( )
  ASBiskey | Aug 25, 2010 |
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C. S. Foresterprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Cornwell, BernardIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
McLaren, JoeIllustratorSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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There are at least THREE different collections called "Young Hornblower" - please be extremely careful when combining. This one is "Mr Midshipman Hornblower", "Lieutenant Hornblower" and "Hornblower and the Hotspur".
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Introducing the most gallant and redoubtable figure in naval history - Horatio Hornblower. The seventeen year old Hornblower became infamous as soon as he stepped on board ship as the midshipman who was seasick in the Spithead, but things were soon to change. Amid battle, action and adventure he proves himself time and time again - courageous in danger, resourceful in moments of difficulty and decisive in times of trouble. The reader stands right beside him as he prepares to fight his first duel, feels that heat as he battles to control a blazing ship and shares his horror as he experiences for the first time, the panic of the plague. The young Hornblower - A truly formidable force in his majesty's service.

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