The Golden Ocean

The Golden Ocean

Book - 1994
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In the year 1740, Commodore (later Admiral) George Anson embarked on a voyage that would become one of the most famous exploits in British naval history. Sailing through poorly charted waters, Anson and his men encountered disaster, disease, and astonishing success. They circumnavigated the globe and seized a nearly incalcuable sum of Spanish gold and silver, but only one of the five ships survived.This is the background to the first novel Patrick O'Brian ever wrote about the sea, a precursor to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series that shares the excitement and rich humor of those books. The protagonist is Peter Palafox, son of a poor Irish parson, who signs on as a midshipman, never before having seen a ship. Together with his lifelong friend Sean, Peter sets out to seek his fortune, embarking upon a journey of danger, disappointment, foreign lands, and excitement.Here is a tale certain to please not only admirers of O'Brian's work but also any reader with an adventurous soul."In the present case the names were provided for me, together with the whole sequence of events, just as they were for Homer, Virgil, and many others....I was fortunate enough to have great material, and I wrote the book in about six weeks (or was it less?), laughing most of the time."--Patrick O'Brian on the writing of The Golden Ocean
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1994
ISBN: 9780393036305
Branch Call Number: OBR
Characteristics: 285 p. :,map ;,22 cm


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Aug 25, 2018

The Publishers Weekly review above gives an excellent description of this wonderful historic novel. The first of O'Brian's historic sea novels which includes "Master and Commander" of which I saw the movie starring Russel Crowe; but have not yet read the novel. This novel has far too many tedious details to be made into a movie without some major condensing and rewriting. The battle at the end would be better in a movie; I had a hard time following the novel's description of it. A movie version with a play by play reenactment from the book's detailed description would be fantastic. We didn't see that much of the battle in the movie version of "Master and Commander" it would have been too expensive and dangerous I suspect. But thanks to that new tool of "Movie Magic "; "Computer Animation" the whole battle could be reenacted completely safely and inexpensively.

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