Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

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Mr Midshipman Hornblower The year is the eve of the Napoleonic Wars and Horatio Hornblower a seventeen year old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take c

  • Title: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
  • Author: C.S. Forester
  • ISBN: 9780316289122
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen year old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a seriesThe year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen year old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits This novel in which young Horatio gets his sea legs, proves his mettle, and shows the makings of the legend he will become is the first of the eleven swashbuckling Hornblower tales that are today regarded as classic adventure stories of the sea.

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    1. Jason Koivu on said:

      Mr. Midshipman Hornblower begins the seafaring career of a young British officer in one of the greatest historical naval fiction series ever penned! It's a heck of a fun rollick with seamen!Horatio Hornblower commences his career in the Royal Navy as an inexperienced midshipman in January 1794. Through a series of challenges and adventures both in and out of combat, Hornblower discovers he is actually talented in both seamanship and leadership. - This initial book in the series reads somewhat ep [...]

    2. Werner on said:

      Both my oldest daughter and her husband are fans of the Hornblower series, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the A & E movie productions that I've seen of the Hornblower corpus; so I was motivated to read the books, and decided to begin at the beginning of Hornblower's career, with this novel. (My only previous acquaintance with Forester was from reading one of his short stories.) I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint!Forester had a deft hand with maritime adventure (not all of it dealing with comb [...]

    3. Jim on said:

      My library didn't have this when I started reading the series, so I wound up reading Lieutenant Hornblower, the second book chronologically, before this. There was quite a difference in the two books. Where 'Lieutenant' was pretty much one long story with a short bit tacked on to the end, 'Midshipman' jumps from one short adventure to another like a frog on a hot road, but I liked both. Reading them out of order wasn't a huge deal, although I would have preferred to read them in chronological or [...]

    4. Christopher on said:

      Here we have a lad of seventeen, a greenhorn deckhand, who works his way up through the ranks with his determination, grit, and a dash of book learnin': poor, seasick Hornblower, who barely manages to escape with his life from the duel he himself orchestrated, knowing his own inability and lack of experience in combat! Here we have Mr. Midshipman Hornblower of the HMS Indefatigable, unaware of the dangers of a leaky ship with a cargo hold full of dry rice! Here we have the pertinacious, the teme [...]

    5. Catie on said:

      So, this is actually a prequel, written many years after Horatio Hornblower first took the stage and even after he had become one of England’s most famous heroes. But I’ve decided to read these in chronological order and I’m quite glad that I did. In this book, Horatio is a very young midshipman (although not as young as the wealthy and titled lads who take up that position). He’s been given his first commission aboard the Justinian, where he immediately becomes known as the midshipman w [...]

    6. Steven Walle on said:

      I enjoyed this book. It is a book about a young inexperienced midshipman named Mr. Hornblower. He takes us on many fun and challenging sea ventures. I recommend this book to all readers. It is quite light and fun to read.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

    7. Mr. Matt on said:

      Having finished the first one, I have no idea why I'd put off reading these books for years. This book was great - historical fiction/Ships of the Line/Age of Sail done right! Mr. Midhsipman Hornblower introduces us to Hornblower. He boards his first ship as a raw, inexperienced and frightened midshipman at seventeen. And the book takes Honrblower and the reader on all sorts of adventures. He engages in a duel to earn his place on the ship. He is given charge (and loses) a prize ship. He visits [...]

    8. Daniel on said:

      Zabavna knjizica koja na dosta fin nacin prikazuje kolko je bio tezak i surov zivot mornara na velkim ratnim prodovima 1800tih godina. Brrrr, ne bih voleo to da probam.Glavn lik je isto interesantan posto pretstavlja izuzetno moralnog i casnog coveka stavljenog u situacije koje ce testirati ono sto mu je najvaznije.Lako i citko stivo sa dosta dubine tako da svaka preporuka.

    9. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      The Hornblower books by C. S. Forester are among the iconic novels of the English language, and with good reason in my opinion. I almost gave this a 4 star rating (because of my "stingy" with the 5 star ratings rule. After all 5 is the best you can give many can there be? But)but decided I really do like these books to a 5 star level and they are very well written.This was not the first Hornblower bookt the first written that is, but it is the first in chronological order in Hornblower's life. T [...]

    10. Scott on said:

      "Hell!" said Hornblower, actually stamping his feet on the upper gangway in his anger. "Hell and damnation!"C. S. Forester's Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950) finds himself all too often frustrated in a "savage, merciless world," where he is "very much alone depressed, and unhappy." It's a world where very little goes as Hornblower plans: each adventurous episode nearly ends his career – and his life. The young midshipman tempers his exasperation by relying on his keen, mathematical intellect [...]

    11. Brad on said:

      I may have liked this more than it deserved because I read it around the birth of our third child (Katya is two days old as I write this), but whatever the reason, I really had a good time with Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.Better than Cornwell's Richard Sharpe books, but not as good as Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin books, Mr. Midshipman Hornblower is really a novel of short stories. "Hornblower and the Examination for Lieutenant" and "Hornblower the Duchess, and the Devil" were my two favourite [...]

    12. Michael on said:

      Now that I have run out of Patrick O’Brian’s series and dabbled with several Alexander Kent’s Bolitho as a poor substitute, I took a chance to go back to the series from my youth that really turned me on to reading. I figured I would find Forrester’s starting version of the Brit navy in the Napoleanic Wars would be just be an adventurous potboiler appropriate to satisfy my twelve-year old mind. But I was surprised at the subtlety of tales, the lack of crass derring-do, and the self-effac [...]

    13. Siria on said:

      This wasn't the first of the Hornblower novels to be written, but chronologically it comes first in the series of novels covering his life. For someone who is just coming to the series, this mightn't be the best place to start.Although you are introduced to Hornblower as a nervous young seventeen-year-old midshipman, the fact that the book is actually comprised of a dozen or so loosely connected short stories means that the flow is rather choppy. If you are coming to the series after seeing the [...]

    14. Chris on said:

      In Horatio Hornblower, C.S. Forester created one of the most flawed heroes in military fiction. And not flawed in the "rogue" sort of way, like Richard Sharpe, but in a deeply human way. He does not strike you as a capable military officer; but he is undoubtedly brilliant, and an excellent commander. He is tone-deaf, awkward, shy, self-critical, self-doubting, and even prone to seasickness (something strange for a career naval officer). I think this, above anything else, is what makes him so app [...]

    15. Bfisher on said:

      This book was my introduction to the Hornblower story. Beyond a great action story, a useful primer on how the Royal Navy mad Britain the dominant sea power of the era.

    16. Laura on said:

      Free download available at Faded Page.This work is in the Canadian public domain, but may be under copyright in some countries. If you live outside Canada, check your country's copyright laws. IF THE BOOK IS UNDER COPYRIGHT IN YOUR COUNTRY, DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR REDISTRIBUTE THIS FILE.

    17. Ava on said:

      I recommend this to EVERYONE IN THE WORLD. It was completely Oh, what's the word AWESOME!!! If you want a good book to read, do not hesitate to buy Mr. Midshipmen Hornblower. 100% great.

    18. Matt on said:

      I read book #10 of this series and it was so good I am circling back and reading the adventures of Horatio Hornblower from the beginning. As a navy man these are almost required reading.

    19. Soraia on said:

      Ainda a investigar a estranha mas fantástica razão pela qual existe um género literário(embora ainda sem nome) de comédia náutica durante as Guerras Napoleónicas. De qualquer modo, a coleção Hornblower é-lhe indispensável. É densa e talvez não pareça assim tão divertida a quem a começa, mas é necessária uma abordagem gozona para realçar o seu génio.Aqui há uma personagem muito interessante e, apesar de reconhecível e relatable, rara: o protagonista Horátio Hornblower, aqui [...]

    20. Earl Grey Tea on said:

      To be honest, I was fascinating by 18th century European navies when I was a high school student. I found the idea of man-of-wars and frigates hitting each other with cannon fire at close range while marines storm the deck of the opposing ship absolutely thrilling. My father, upon learning of my peculiar interest, bought this book for me to read. I read the it, appreciated it, but found myself having a difficult time getting the through all of the archaic, obsolete and specific naval terminology [...]

    21. Joy H. on said:

      Added 5/16/15.I read to page 68 in this book in April 2015. Not sure if I will continue or not.I also listened to ten minutes of Audio #1 (Old Time Radio) online at: archive/details/Adventure"Adventures of Horatio Hornblower"There are more Hornblower audios of Old Time Radio online at: thisoldradioshow/OldRaPS-See Jim of KY's GR review at: /review/showIt contains invaluable information.Also see: The Hornblower Companion which contains maps and related informationVIES:There are several Hornblower [...]

    22. David Eppenstein on said:

      I am a fan of the Age of Fighting Sail genre. I have read all of O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series Woodman's Drinkwater series as well as the books of several other authors in this genre but I've never read any of Forester's Hornblower books until now. I have had all eleven books in this series sitting on a shelf and I've been saving them like the middle of an Oreo until now. After reading this first book in the series I have to say I am disappointed when the work stands in comparison to the books [...]

    23. Laura on said:

      I thought this book was brilliant. Horatio was a nervous, shy, young hero, who accomplished things simply because he sees no other way. Forester described the ways of ship life, and the historical context of the novel very well. I saw the movie first, but I think Forester kept a more consistent characterization of Horatio. Horatio was a realistic 17 year old: he was insecure, and had a difficult time adjusting to the role of a leader. However, he was courageous when he needed to be. The plot was [...]

    24. Stephen on said:

      I've loved these books since the first time I read them and return to them again and again. There's just something so appealing about an unlikely hero who's gawky, tone deaf and has almost no self confidence, yet has a morale code that's so strict that it will not allow him to let others down if it's even humanly possible. I also like the 6 knots an hour pace that they evoke and the mood that they bring up in me. This book is different from all of the other hornblower novels in that Forester tri [...]

    25. Dree on said:

      First, I did enjoy this--much more than I thought I would, certainly. It also piqued my interest in the Napoleonic Wars, which I know very little about. I was constantly using to look up places named in the book to better understand the situations.But--3 stars. I'm not going to run around telling all my friends to read it.It's kind of fun, kind of swashbuckling, kind of a really easy read, kind of ridiculous, and kind of a series of short stories rather than a novel. It strikes me as an excelle [...]

    26. Abigail Hartman on said:

      It took me a number of attempts to "get into" this novel, primarily because, having grown up on the Ioan Gruffudd-Hornblower, it was a shock to find how different the original hero was. I still prefer the films, perhaps only for nostalgia's sake; certainly the book is more like a collection of short stories than one contiguous whole, as the movies are. Still, I enjoyed following Hornblower around the navy and into his adventures.

    27. Blake Charlton on said:

      at 17 years old i didn't get to run away to sea to fight napoleon's tyranny, but this book was a close second. a wonderful, well-written, ripping sea yarn of classic YA adventure. highly recommended, especially for those who loved the o'brian's aubrey–maturin series.

    28. B.M.B. Johnson on said:

      A fairly blandly told sea adventure of 17-year-old Horatio Hornblower. It's an interesting story, if impersonal. I especially enjoyed the extremely detailed account of the Whist game, giving a card-by-card account, which I believe was satirized in Red Dwarf in Rimmer's Risk War Diary.

    29. Lisa Feld on said:

      I've been a fan of the Hornblower TV movies for many years, so I figured it was time to finally read the originals. Forester has an amazing ability to lay bare the secret heart of a teenage boy--bright, lonely, deeply self-critical--so that the reader aches for Horatio at every turn. At the same time, at least in this first book, he also has a complete inability to write action scenes: everything devolves into a chaos of technical terms and abrupt transitions. I will probably read more, both to [...]

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