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  1. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    “I am in favour of leaving people alone however imperfect their polity may seem It appears to me that you must not tell other nations how to set their house in order; nor must you compel them to be happy” Patrick O'Brian the TrueloveWhen originally published O'Brian's 15th installment in his Aubrey Maturin series was originally titled Clarissa Oakes I'm not sure why the title was changed but perhaps it is because the focus of this novel is less about Clarissa Harvill Oakes the convict stowaway from New South Wales who marries Oakes one of Captain Aubrey's Midshipman than the events that surround her introduction onto the Surprise Clarissa on the Surprise allows O'Brian to wax on a bit about sexual s in the Navy and in England in the early 19th century She also carries forward the series plot a bitIt isn't the most exciting book in the series but it is fascinating to watch the discipline aboard the Surprise deteriorate and Captain Aubrey's efforts to regain control It is also provides O'Brian the space with the introduction of Clarissa Oakes to discuss sex both gender and the act in the early 19th century

  2. Anna Anna says:

    'Clarissa Oakes' is a rather odd installment in the AubreyMaturin series or so it seemed to me It covers a single voyage with no naval battles until the end and only brief skirmishes at that Most of the novel is taken up with the general awkwardness of a voyage with a depressed and sexually frustrated captain a mysterious woman who has sneaked aboard and officers who have severely fallen out with each other In a word the ecosystem of the Surprise is out of kilter and this makes for an unusually sombre book Previous volumes in the series have explored Stephen's depression however this is the first examination of Jack's Given some of the dangerous and unpleasant adventures Aubrey has been through it is striking to find him ground down by the mundanity of his crew not getting on well enough Central to these personnel problems and to the book in general is Clarissa Oakes a convict sneaked onto the ship by a crew member Once she emerges from disguise as a boy her presence disrupts the homosocial dynamics apparently vital to the ship's functioning This is conveyed with some subtlety as Jack and Stephen have incomplete knowledge of what's happening Clarissa eventually confides in Stephen about her past in a scene that proves uite shocking She is certainly a tragic and enigmatic figureHaving a woman on board results in various conversations about men at sea being lonely and sexually frustrated Sodomy is of course forbidden by the Articles which seems very short sighted Notably it's highly unfortunate that Jack and Stephen aren't sleeping together as basically the entire months long bad mood that Jack was in could have been avoided Someone Martin? comments that Stephen provides Jack with companionship like that of a wife as they talk as euals and have an affectionate relationship With the notable exception of banging Other than worrying about Diana and his new daughter Stephen is in pretty good humour and does his best to console Jack with music conversation and medical advice Although the characterisation is as strong as ever the unhappy mood pervading the book inevitably made it less enjoyable than the rest of the series There is very little in the way of puns farce or encounters with wildlife Instead there is a great deal of social awkwardness bad temper and a near miss with cannibalism I hope the mood is a little less gloomy in The Wine Dark Sea

  3. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    After leaving the awful penal colony at New South Wales a voyage across the Pacific on a mission to rescue a captured British whaling ship is somewhat muddled and made interesting by the discovery of a stowaway The story and action is ostensibly centered around warring islanders and diplomatic intervention by the British and French each vying for control over the island's sympathies However the real story is the stowaway Patrick O'Brian delves deep into relations aboard a 19th century man of warCaptain Aubrey of the Royal Navy may be in charge of the ship the setting for nearly the entire novel but it's his friend surgeon Stephen Maturin who has true command over the book's themes of crime and redemption and love lust and jealousy It is Maturin who befriends the stowaway and in the course of conversation discovers important counter intelligence information regarding Napoleon's spy network Aside from a climactic finish in the final chapter not much happens in The Truelove It's mostly a study of human nature Any fan of the series will be just fine with this After all all of our favorite characters get plenty of time on the page doing of what they've done to make us love them But those who come to these books for their usual dose of action will be sorely disappointed Even the battle in the final chapter is never actually shown Having said that this is still damn goodwriting Even when the story is mired in countless stuffy dinners in the gunroom O'Brian's skill keeps you eagerly turning pages

  4. Jamie Collins Jamie Collins says:

    This entry in the Aubrey Maturin series which is essentially one very long novel is mostly a character study as the officers of the Surprise cope with the presence on board of a desirable and not completely inaccessible young woman surreptitiously rescued from the penal colony at New South Wales and possessing an enigmatic pastSome of my favorite scenes in these books are the dinner parties at sea the obsessive polishing of silver Killick's joy; the donning of formal dress no matter how great the heat; the host's anxiety over the variable uality of the food; the feat of timing the courses Sir cook says if we don't eat our swordfish steaks this selfsame minute he will hang himself; the prepared anecdotes to prevent a dreaded silence from falling over the table; the vast uantities of alcohol consumed The bottle stands by you sirETA 2014 after my third pass listening to the audiobook this timeClarissa Oakes reminds me of one of my college roommates who slept with several members of a single fraternity and then was bewildered to find that none of them liked or esteemed her While I can understand that Clarissa herself would be immune to jealousy and indifferent to sex it’s harder to believe she would be so ignorant of the typical reactions

  5. Ron Ron says:

    All but the most dedicated Aubrey Maturin will want to skip this one A lot of running in place or rather dog paddling with very little forward motion It's as if the series became becalmed in the South Pacific It's fun to read only if it isn't the same stuff we've read in the last fourteen novelsFor example instead of peppering back story review over the first few chapters O'Brian dumps twelve no twenty pages of narrative on us in the opening scene of the book semi disguised as Aubrey's musings over the taffrail of Surprise Not a single ship to ship engagement and the land battle is off sceneRead the summary in Wikipedia and get on with your life

  6. Robert Robert says:

    I've mentioned before that a series of naval tales stuck in a perpetual 1812 and following the exploits of two individuals that is staggering on past double figures in terms of volumes must run in to problems of repetition and conseuently risk dullness THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS' CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here

  7. Terry Terry says:

    3 35 starsOn their way home from their less than satisfactory visit to New South Wales Aubrey discovers an unexpected stowaway who proves to be the secret source of growing unrest and conflict among the crew To add to this a cutter sent from Australia gives Aubrey new orders from the Governor sending him on a mission to aid some British merchant vessels that have been attacked by an American French frigate and to hopefully stop a possible coup on a remote island nominally under British 'protection' at the hands of these same American French privateers The journey to their destination proves to be an arduous one though this time it is not due to weather sea or enemy harassment but to the unrest of the crew that is creating a factional conflict that threatens to grow to unmanageable proportionsperhaps even mutiny Aubrey chooses to take a high hand with his men working them to the bone under an ominous eye in the hopes of whipping them back into shape While the stowaway the titular Clarissa Oakes proves to be the eye of the storm for all of Aubrey's problems she may also hold the key to the solution for a significant problem that Maurin has been dealing with in his espionage work as the latter discovers when he forms a close connection with her and in their conversations stumbles upon a pivotal piece of information regarding a possible mole in the British secret serviceSeveral tropical islands provide an exotic backdrop for the story and help the crew to release some pent up steam with the final providing the stage for Aubrey's conflict with the forces arrayed against the British protectorate of Moahu The key conflicts in this volume however are all personal key members of the crew come to blows and unrest proves to be the abiding atmosphere aboard the Surprise Even Aubrey and Maturin are not immune to this as the former finds himself dealing with discontent and frustration in the wake of his less than successful endeavours in New South Wales while the latter is beginning to find his naturalist compatriot Nathaniel Martin something of a bore and an annoyance especially given the way the clergyman responds to Clarissa's presence on the shipA good volume in the series though not my favourite

  8. Mark Mark says:

    I’ve been rereading Patrick O’Brien’s novels in the last few months and a few novels ago I think it happens around number 12 or 13 in the Aubrey Maturin series I reached the point at which “novel” stopped actually being a reasonable description of the books I really enjoy these books so don’t get the impression that I’m putting them down when I say this It’s simply that all pretense of being individual novel length plots is by the point firmly abandoned The book starts where the previous one left off and ends where the succeeding one begins roughly Actually the whole effect is charming – something like reading a really really long novel or watching a television series Aside from this I’m not sure what exactly to say about it – the normal odd features that are in most of these books are here as well Patrick O’Brien has an odd aversion to significant plot events which is not to say that they don’t happen the books aren’t boring but that as often as not they happen either as uickly as possible or often while the narrative is off somewhere else For example the battle at the end of the novel ostensibly the point of the mission that Cpt Aubrey is on is described from the perspective of someone half a mile away and in the space of roughly a paragraph It sounds like a brief succession of bangs The details are filled in by what all the characters have to say to each other later on Once you get used to this feature it can be perfectly reasonable – though I admit the first time I read some of the earlier novels he wrote I was left entirely in the dark about what had happened this is a mild example – sometimes the narrative simply jumps forward a few days to the aftermath of whatever it is Seriously – here it is “He” is Stephen Maturin the doctor who is sitting at the medical outpost waiting for what casualties might show up and trying not to imagine the battle“In his harsh unmusical voice he chanted plainsong which had a better covering effect he had reached a Benedictus in the Dorian mode and he was straining for a high ui venit when the clear sharp voice of gunfire – carronade fire – cut him short Four almost at once it seemed to him and then two; but the echoes confused everything Then four uick hammer strokes again The silencePadeen and he stood staring up at the mountain They could make out a vague roaring but nothing ; and the birds that had started from the trees below all settled again Perhaps battle had been joined perhaps the carronades had been overrunTime passed though less slowly now and presently steps could be heard on the path A young long legged man raced down past them a messenger of good news his whole face alive with joy He shouted something as he passed victory no doubt at all”

  9. Renee M Renee M says:

    The one with Clarissa Oakes and the Polynesian ueen I'm still deciding what I think about the deeply pragmatic Clarissa Oakes which is somewhat surprising given her pronounced position aboard Jack's ship and in a large portion of the story I am hoping that there will be some closure in the next installment of the series

  10. Sid Nuncius Sid Nuncius says:

    This is now my third time reading through this brilliant series and I am reminded again how beautifully written and how wonderfully addictively enjoyable they areClarissa OakesThe Truelove sees the Surprise in the South Seas and finds the eponymous Clarissa aboard as a stowaway from the penal colonies There are the fine naval and intelligence development s we have come to expect but the chief underlying theme of the book is the effect of a young woman on the closed celibate male community of a man of war which O’Brian does superbly along with a fine nuanced portrait of Clarissa herself This is for me one of his finest psychological studies – but the narrative and action are as gripping as everPatrick O'Brian is steeped in the period of the early 19th Century and his knowledge of the language manners politics social s and naval matters of the time is deep and wide Combined with a magnificent gift for both prose and storytelling it makes something very special indeed The books are so perfectly paced with some calmer uieter but still engrossing passages and some uite thrilling action seuences O'Brian's handling of language is masterly with the dialogue being especially brilliant but also things like the way his sentences become shorter and staccato in the action passages making them heart poundingly exciting There are also laugh out loud moments and an overall sense of sheer involvement and pleasure in readingI cannot recommend these books too highly They are that rare thing; fine literature which are also books which I can't wait to read of Wonderful stuff

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Clarissa Oakes UK/The Truelove US [Read] ➲ Clarissa Oakes UK/The Truelove US ➮ Patrick OBrian – Pullings held up the lantern and said in a neutral voice ‘It is a young woman I believe sir’After a stay in New South Wales which the crew found harrowing than a fleet action the Surprise has set Pullings held up the lantern and said UK/The Truelove PDF ↠ in a neutral voice ‘It is a young woman I believe sir’After a stay in New South Wales which the crew found harrowing Clarissa Oakes PDF/EPUB ² than a fleet action the Surprise has set her course for Easter Island On board ship are two escaped convicts Padeen Stephen’s Irish servant and a very unusual young woman – Oakes UK/The Truelove PDF ↠ Clarissa Oakes Her presence puts Jack in an awkward position and his long held disapproval of women on board troublesome unlucky creatures capable of using fresh water to wash their clothes is proved well founded when rivalry for her favours causes intense ill feeling between the officers Clarissa herself holds the clue to a problem that has obsessed Stephen for several years – the identity of a highly placed traitor Yet eager as he is to use this information first the Surprise must intervene in a war on the island of MoahuA broad selection of prints sketches and paintings have been selected to illustrate this book many of them sourced from libraries in Australia and New Zealand and showing not only the near at hand Norfolk Island but also the Sandwich and Friendly Islands with scenes of early contact between French or English ships and indigenous peoples.