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FREE PDF ¸ Mr. Midshipman Hornblower ⚸ Here we meet Horatio Hornblower, a young man of , in this Volumeof what becomes thevolume set about the career of this British Naval officer fighting against Napoleon and his tyranny of Europe as an inexperienced midshipman in JanuaryBullied and forced into a duel, he takes an even chance And then he has many chances to show his skills and ingenuities from sailing a ship full of wetted and swelling rice to imprisonment and saving the lives of shipwrecked sailors And along the way, he fights galleys, feeds cattle, stays out of the way of the guillotine, and makes friends with a Duchess Here Hornblower becomes a man and develops the strength of character which will make him a hero to his men, and to all England 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 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 and almost gets stuck in Morocco He meets a Duchess He is captured Throughout it all, he keeps a level head and makes the best of his situation.What strikes me about these books as opposed to some of the recent Age of Sail or Age of Sail in space fiction that I ve recently read is that Hornblower faces adversity Hornblower is given tasks and he fails When Hornblower loses the prize ship and his first independent command because swelling rice in the hold literally pops his ship open from the inside out I was hooked In too many stories of this ilk, the main character faces only token cardboard opposition an unruly crew that needs to be whipped into shape, or some such In this book the curve balls lobbed at Hornblower are often either self inflicted or out of his control That s a nice change of pace.Four stars out of five The book moves along at a good pace, with plenty of action It s a short, but fun read My only real knock on the book is that Hornblower can be a bit of a twit He always does the right thing I d like to see a littleedge on him, but that s OK We see a glimpse of a darker side in the next book, which is good When I was growing up, my Mom, who doubled as the village librarian, URGED me to read this book I m sure she saw in me a little Midshipman Hornblower.Shy, standoffish, and predisposed to dumb clumsiness, I obviously needed the role model of a misfit like I was who would bloom under the rigours of his first command.But I was averse to authoritarian posturing.Later, though, I would be plunged into the thick of it as Head Boy of our new high school Popularity Not a chance Looks A blank on that When I was growing up, my Mom, who doubled as the village librarian, URGED me to read this book I m sure she saw in me a little Midshipman Hornblower.Shy, standoffish, and predisposed to dumb clumsiness, I obviously needed the role model of a misfit like I was who would bloom under the rigours of his first command.But I was averse to authoritarian posturing.Later, though, I would be plunged into the thick of it as Head Boy of our new high school Popularity Not a chance Looks A blank on that score too I was a bit overweight and ungainly But dumb luck has doggedly plodded close behind me all my long life And besides when I was a kid I was muchintent on doing what the other kids liked to do have fun and joke around.When I finally picked up this book, nearly 60 years later, I was as unfit as ever to read it for a different reason.You see, I ve always believed in adulthood that virtue, and not swagger and a strutting attitude, yields the best rewards I ve seen too many intellectual flyweights and moral midgets assume the reins of command in my long career, and through their draconian attitudes, fake the whole thing passably enough.That s the strong and unpleasant impression I got from Hornblower s first acts after being promoted, particularly in the flintlock duel scene.So when I reread this, Horatio, I decided not to Friend you DNF However, it s a wonderfully well written book and a good yarn and you know what After reading Jason Koivu s beautiful five star review here on GR, I ve decided to someday if I get the chance revisit it So why s that Well, back in the times when I was similarly in command of a group of office workers, I led by intuition and not by will much like the young, untried ordinary seaman Hornblower.So his embarrassing moments reminded me too much of my own Too many folks I know have corrupted their youth early on with the strategy of power, its dark secrets veiled in a tedious argument of insidious intent to lead their hapless victims to an overwhelming question and force their hands For what indeed is our Ingenuous Youth, if not a series of embarrassments which includes a hearty helping of humiliation at the hands of these corrupt early bloomers And what is presence but continually weathering the storms seeded by these conniving cognoscenti ad infititum For into such dark checkmates were the plans of the moral flyweights I knew in my early career intended to lead their victims.So we Ingenuous Ones have no choice but to keep dancingBut I see in Jason s review that his character develops what used to be called presence that same confidence in himself to which I was only a newcomer in my late middle age.And if Hornblower and I turn out to be dancing to the same sheet of music, it will be worthwhile to revisit this book.So, dear readers Please consider this review as very much a Work in Progress 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 WikipediaThis initial book in the series reads so 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 WikipediaThis initial book in the series reads somewhat episodic, with whole creating a rounded introductory The first chapter, Hornblower and the Even Chance, is a fantastically tense and dynamic way to begin A bit of a Mary Sue, Hornblower seems to do no wrong much of the time He is given the slightest of character flaws and he occasionally fails, but his fairly consistent successes and need to chastise himself for his failings could get a bit tedious for some readers On the other hand, isn t it nice when the good guy wins The funny thing about Mr Midshipman Hornblower is that it s a prequel Forester went back and began his series after he d already brought the narrative to completion When he originally started writing these books, he began Hornblower s naval career in media res After getting to the end, he went back and wrote a handful of prequels, sort of like what goddamned George Lucas did with Star Wars However, in this case the creator s craft had improved The writing in Mr Midshipman Hornblower has a better flow to it, an effortless ease The characters feellike real people I have to say, it s funny to get into the middle of the entire series and encounter the old books with their stiff characters and stilted writing Regardless of any shortcomings, the series is still one of my favorites and this is a great send off to a wonderful voyage A far too dashing image of Ioan Gruffudd, who played Hornblower in the tv series I ve got really strong memories of enjoying the Hornblower TV movies of the late 90 s, so seemed like another perfect book series to get started with I d decided to read these in chronological order.Whilst there is a slight prequel feel to these adventures, it s definitely the best place to start.Seeing young 17 year old Hornblower s inexperience helps the reader to understand the nautical terms with ease and get a greater sense of the late Eighteenth Century setting.I definitely could sympathi I ve got really strong memories of enjoying the Hornblower TV movies of the late 90 s, so seemed like another perfect book series to get started with I d decided to read these in chronological order.Whilst there is a slight prequel feel to these adventures, it s definitely the best place to start.Seeing young 17 year old Hornblower s inexperience helps the reader to understand the nautical terms with ease and get a greater sense of the late Eighteenth Century setting.I definitely could sympathise with his seasickness There s a real short story collection vibe to this volume, with some partsinteresting than others.But ultimately it s seeing the young Horatio grow throughout the tales that makes this a great adventures novel