Many know of Horatio Hornblower's exploits during the Napoleonic Wars through the novels of C.S. Forester, but how many know the true Hornblower-- the man who rose from Midshipman to Admiral of the British Fleet? Using Hornblower family papers discovered in the 1970s, C. Northcote Parkinson has set the record straight in this authoritative biography.
This is a "biograpghy" of Hornblower, as if he were a real hero and Parkinson was a real biographer.
There are some very good things about this book, but there are also some very bad things.
The good: It's an indepth look at the history and timeline of the Hornblower books. Anyone who's this dedicated of a fan needs to be applauded!
The bad: It's a very biased book, with Parkinson's personal views splashed all over the pages as if it were fact. He also dismisses Bush to a paltry few paragraphs, despite the complexity of Bush's character and relationship with Hornblower.
The unforgivable: Parkinson purports to "solve" the infamous mystery of "Lieutenant Hornblower" by pretending that he's "discovered" a deathbed confession that Hornblower wrote. Gag! It's awful, awful, awful and leaves a bad taste. Just - no. Leave it alone.
The verdit: Borrow it, don't buy it. (But be careful you don't damage your borrowed copy when you throw it across the room in frustration.)
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