Master and Commander


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$15.95  $14.67
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

One of our greatest contemporary novelists, Patrick O'Brian is the author of the twenty volumes of the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series, as well as many other books, including Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, The Unknown Shore, and biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso.


The best historical novels ever written.--Richard Snow
If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian.
O'Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best we have.
Taken as a whole, the Aubrey-Maturin novels are by a long shot the best things of their kind...they are uniquely excellent.--Terry Teachout
My hero is Patrick O'Brian...I read all of his books many, many times. I've read them so many times I can't read them anymore because eventually you know the whole book by heart.--David Mamet
There are two types of people in the world: Patrick O'Brian fans, and people who haven't read him yet.--Lucy Eyre
[The series shows] a joy in language that jumps from every're in for a wonderful voyage.--Cutler Durkee
One does not get many pages into the Aubrey-Maturin sequence before falling under the spell of O'Brian's prose, which is...elegantly paced, quietly witty.--Katherine A. Powers
I prefer the Aubrey-Maturin series to all others, even Holmes-Watson. Every book is packed to absolute straining with erudition, wit, history, and thunderous action.--Joe Hill