Clarissa Oakes

Clarissa Oakes The th installment in the Aubrey Maturin series This splendid installment in Patrick O Brian s widely acclaimed series of Aubrey Maturin novels is in equal parts mystery adventure and psychologica

  • Title: Clarissa Oakes
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
  • ISBN: 223825X
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The 15th installment in the Aubrey Maturin series.This splendid installment in Patrick O Brian s widely acclaimed series of Aubrey Maturin novels is in equal parts mystery, adventure, and psychological drama A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Friendly Isles Tonga at French instigation, and Captain Aubrey, R.N is dispatched with the SurprisThe 15th installment in the Aubrey Maturin series.This splendid installment in Patrick O Brian s widely acclaimed series of Aubrey Maturin novels is in equal parts mystery, adventure, and psychological drama A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Friendly Isles Tonga at French instigation, and Captain Aubrey, R.N is dispatched with the Surprise to restore order But stowed away in the cabletier is an escaped female convict To the officers, Clarissa Harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies Aubrey himself is won over and indeed strongly attracted to this woman who will not speak of her past But only Aubrey s friend, Dr Stephen Maturin, can fathom Clarissa s secrets her crime, her personality, and a clue identifying a hightly placed English spy in the pay of Napoleon s intelligence service.In a thrilling finale, Patrick O Brian delivers all the excitement his many readers expect Aubrey and the crew of the Surprise impose a brutal pax Britannica on the islanders in a pitched battle against a band of headhunting cannibals.

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    • Patrick O'Brian

      Patrick O Brian s acclaimed Aubrey Maturin series of historical novels has been described as a masterpiece David Mamet, New York Times , addictively readable Patrick T Reardon, Chicago Tribune , and the best historical novels ever written Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review , which should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century George Will.Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O Brian s twenty volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician and spy Stephen Maturin The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e book format.In addition to the Aubrey Maturin novels, Patrick O Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture s biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherriere s memoir Papillon O Brian died in January 2000.The Aubrey Maturin Series on

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    • “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 con [...]


    • 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 past.Some 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 g [...]


    • 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 novels.For 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 Aubre [...]


    • 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 consequently risk dullness. THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT ' CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here:arbieroooklikes/post/33


    • 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 [...]


    • The one with Clarissa Oakes and the Polynesian Queen. 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.


    • As always, I love reading the further adventures of Jack, Stephen, Killick, Bonden,Pullings etc, but like Captain Roddy, I'll give this one 4 and a half stars - not quite as thrilling as some. Now I am with child to find out what's happening back at the ranch with Diana, but I'll have to wait - only 5 books left, and I'll have to eke them out! (though there's always re-reading. I'm not a habitual re-reader, but I have read these books several times, and no doubt, should I reach old age, I shall [...]


    • This volume in Patrick O’Brian’s series of historical novels may seem at first to be a study of the influence of a woman’s presence on a sailing ship full of men. It is that, but it proves to be more.Relatively early, Clarissa Harvill is found to have been smuggled aboard when the ship was in Sydney, thus violating Captain Aubrey’s well-known prohibition against women; what’s more, she’s an escaped convict from the British penal colony there (not a pretty place as depicted by O’Bri [...]


    • Following on the heels of the "five-star" "The Nutmeg of Consolation," I am giving this, the 15th volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series, a solid 4.5 stars. This 'chapter' of the canon continues the voyage of HMS Surprise in the Pacific Ocean following her departure from New South Wales, Australia. We meet the beautiful and mysterious Clarissa Harvill, and become aware of the influence and affects that her presence aboard the ship have on her crew. Miss Harvill helps Stephen Maturin clear up a myst [...]


    • This book kept me interested but all in all I'm afraid that not much really happened in the story. This book is different from others in the cannon I've read so far in that there is a woman on board ship. While this was a new element to introduce, I really couldn't get a grasp on why she was the 'main' character of the story (one edition - don't know if it was American or British - called this book the Clarissa Oakes). Through it all, I got to see the continuing good relationship between Jack an [...]


    • Patrick O’Brian continues the brilliant career of Captain Jack Aubrey and Steven Maturin in The Truelove (Clarissa Oaks in the United Kingdom). Minor Spoilers Below. Some of the Plot:The book begins with the HMHV Surprise on its way back to England after the completion of the mission it set out on in The Thirteen-Gun Salute and The Nutmeg of Consolation. Jack is unhappy the crew managed to sneak a convicted felon and former crewmate, Padeen Colman, aboard during the ship’s visit to New South [...]


    • I'm on my third time through the multi-book Patrick O'Brian series about the friendship of a Royal Navy captain (Jack Aubrey) and his ship's surgeon/intelligence agent (Stephen Maturin).If I have to choose one set of books to keep, this is the one. I'm pretty certain I will read them many more times if I live so long. The Truelove is special because of the female character Clarissa Oakes. The nineteenth century Royal Navy was a man's world and most of the yarns involve men. But O'Brian also deve [...]


    • This book is perhaps the point where the series starts going downhill. Sure, the installments started running into each other way earlier: the last book that can be read on its own is perhaps The Fortune of War. But we enjoyed that, didn't we, dear fellow readers? Why shouldn't a good book be endless, or seemingly endless? - so are the periods of sweet sailing, repeatedly described by O'Brian as taken out of time, self-sufficient and fulfilling.However, while this book is perhaps as rich in tens [...]


    • I recently have read this book for the second time, as I am revisiting the Aubrey-Maturin sea novels. Each time I open one of these books, it is like coming home to a warm comfortable chair; welcoming and relaxing.Truelove is a single voyage, covering a trip along the Pacific Ocean from Australia to Hawaii, and this single narrative moves long with the same continuous pace with a few gentle pauses and frantic moments as a sailing ship would through the ocean. O'Brian's writing style is less abou [...]


    • Series Overview.I fell in love with the series from the opening scene of Master and Commander, and went on to read all 20 Aubrey-Maturin novels. The characters of Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin were initialized in that opening scene, and grew through the entire series. This is the best historical fiction I have read. In the series, I learned about British, French, Dutch, and Spanish naval operations during the Napoleonic wars. I also first learned of Napoleon's command and espionage structu [...]


    • The last couple books in the Aubrey/Maturin series hadn't had the same pizzaz as the earlier ones, but this one recaptured the old magic - and in a surprising direction.O'Brian doesn't often have female characters in a large role, but he pulled it off well here with the character of Clarissa Oakes, a prostitute convicted for murder and sent to New South Wales. She is smuggled aboard by one of the officers and the discovery of her presence forces a marriage. Even in her new married state, sexual [...]


    • Finished the series, 21 books in all . I must say they were really good especially the first ten after that they got a bit repetitive. There is only so much you can take of Maturin describing some exotic animal or a description of how guns are fired. I think he repeated the formula to often. But having said that Patrick O' Brien is a brilliant writer of scenes and battle. Very crisp and informative at the same time. His mastery of history and detail is superb. I loved reading this series.


    • Most of the series are about men, but it is about sailors in the 1800's, were women on board but not often.Clarissa Oakes isn't your normal female from the 1800's, but she's not had an easy time of it. O'Brian uses the introduction of a female character to add some tension to the story.


    • Stephen and Captain Aubrey continue their adventures on the high seas. This book is, like all the rest, full of beautifully understated but rich character moments.




    • What I wrote in my LJ when I was reading this book:I'll talk about the first fifty pages of "Clarissa Oakes". It starts naturally with the inevitable recap of the events of the last book(s). Yes, yes, Australia is horrible, we have girls on board, Jack is jealous and Stephen got bitten. We know. Let's move on, please.But Jack doesn't really want to move on. He's feeling mopy and just generally complains about everything. Most of the recapping is just Jack trying to figure out what's making him m [...]


    • Il meno utile dell'intera collanaQuesto romanzo è il più corto dell'intera collana e mi sembra il meno coerente di quelli letti finora. Appare Clarissa che fa innamorare l'allievo ufficiale forse più idiota della nave, appaiono apparenti problemi in famiglia per i protagonisti, appare il gatto a nove code e un espediente messo lì soltanto per dare un senso compiuto al romanzo che in realtà non avrebbe, l'isola polinesiana spaccata in due da una guerra civile. Con il solito stile e con il so [...]


    • One of the best in the series, because it has a clear plot, and this plot is all the more effective because it concerns psychological conflict rather than open warfare. The catalyst is the introduction of an outsider into an all-male, celibate community: the titular Clarissa Oakes. She affects the whole ship's community, causing deep divisions and conflicts between the officers, for reasons that are initially unclear to us (and remain unclear to Clarissa, until Stephen explains to her). The stor [...]


    • A bit less excitement, a bit more reflection, but still quite good. Two gems: (1) Jack and Stephen catch Killick with a young girl. "'Killick, come aboard at once,' said Jack . . . 'Come in by the sash-light.' Killick . . . attempted it, fell back into the sea . . . tried again and this time grasped the sill. But he hung there gasping, and it was not until the young woman, with a shriek of laughter, had shoved him from behind, that he came inboard, sodden, resentful, and sadly out of countenance [...]


    • This is not the usual Aubrey-Maturin novel; it's a slow, careful character study for which naval journeys and battles are reduced mostly to backdrop. As a standalone story, this could prove unsatisfying, but read as a psychological insight into shipboard life it's remarkable - and it's all the more so for Clarissa Oakes, a fantastic, nuanced character who proves to be much more than the victim of her tragic past.


    • The book mainly focuses on the collapse of the esprit de corps on board the Surprise when various members of the crew fall for the wife of one of the officers who is a rescued convict from New South Wales. This vindicates something that Aubrey has been saying in many previous novels. I for one, do not read the Aubrey Maturin series for its views on gender relations so I was fairly disappointed in the novel.


    • This is the first O'Brian since maybe H.M.S. Surprise that I didn't immediately love. I think there might have been too much circling back to familiar arguments and scenes among the characters. However, this is still possibly the greatest series of books of the 20th century, and even a middling O'Brian novel is better than 80% of everything I've ever read. There's plenty of stunning writing to be found here. It's just couched in too familiar plotting and character interactions.


    • Beginning at the penal colony in New South Wales, the Surprise crosses the South Pacific. In the process they help an Island queen to defeat her rival and expel the French and Americans in a bloody massacre. Aubrey must also deal with a beautiful stow-away who causes jealous contention among his crew and causes the Reverend Martin to believe himself forever damned by sin.


    • Every Patrick O'Brian deserves 5 stars for the carefully chosen words, the gentle fun, the evocation of a world so long ago but yet so alive whilst reading. This novel continues the Aubrey/Maturin universe, of friendship, loyalty, wit, pettiness, finely drawn characters, beuatifully crafted dialogue and precisely weighed expression. Wonderful.


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