Monday, July 11, 2005

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester

Written in the format of a series of short stories collected in a book (because that's basically what it is), Mr. Midshipman Hornblower is awash with action and adventure. And the way Forester writes--you can almost smell the brine and the salty sea, as the book spans the space of four years (two of which, amazingly, are spent with Hornblower as a prisoner of war.)

Horatio Hornblower is only a lanky boy of seventeen when he first joins the Royal British Navy in 1793, the time of the tumultuous French Revolution and the eve of the Napoleonic Wars. He is inexperienced, afraid of heights, and deathly seasick -- but possesses a superbly intelligent mind and bountiful courage as he goes on his first adventure at sea -- the beginning of his legend.

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