Più che un romanzo a momenti mi sembrava di leggere il manuale dell'allievo, con un occhio alla pagina ed uno sul disegno della nave per cercare parocchetti e velaccini. Poi l'atmosfera del libro mi ha catturato e complice l'accompagnamento della fantastica "Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid", ho volato con la mente sui mari ventosi in compagnia del mitico Jack Aubrey ed i suoi arrembatori....Continua
One of the most detailed works of fiction I have ever read. The stage is truly grand in this historical depiction of Nelson's navy, and the thrills never disappoint. One of the few novels I have truly enjoyed.
It is quite clear that O'Brian had no intention of writing further stories in this series when he put the final words on Master & Commander: there is not so much that could be called a plot, rather a series of things happening in succession, and the last few chapters are a constant denouement in which the Sophies are more spectators than actors.
The strength of this book is actually in the characters -both the relationship between the main trio of Aubrey, Maturin and Dillon, and the short but poignant characterization of every secondary person we encounter- and the wonderful historical setting, the period talk, the nautical knowledge.