Sunday, 19 August 2007
The Thirteen Gun Salute by Patrick O'Brian
Jack is back in the Navy, all is well with the world. Meanwhile Maturin shows self awareness and self control we should all envy, and of course everything is in tatters by the end of the book apart from the strength of character of our two heroes.
Such knowledge of human weaknesses and personalities is rare. An ability to describe them so naturally and yet to incorporate them into a plot line which carries you ever onwards is rarer still.
If you haven't tried this series of books, do so. If you don't like war novels, do so anyway. If historical fiction just isn't your thing, do so anyway. If the sea never appealed, do so anyway.
If you are curious about the human condition, do so.