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Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will). Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format. In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherriere's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.
The Hundred Days refers to the period between Napoleon's departure from Elba and his defeat at Waterloo. O'Brian (Master and Commander), an award-winning, best-selling author of some of the best historical novels ever written, transports us in a time machine to the period when Napoleon tried to reestablish his European Empire by secretly enlisting the forces of Islam. British Commander Jack Aubrey, in a desperate attempt to defeat the French-Muslim menace, sails to Turkey and enlists the ship's doctor, Stephen Maturin, to discern how the enemy can best be vanquished. Although this fascinating work vividly describes Ottoman rulers as well as everyday life in the Islamic capital, this is primarily a tale of gallant sailing ships fighting galleys on storm-tossed seas; of bureaucratic intrigue; and of the civilized pleasures of wining, dining, and stimulating conversation. Narrator Patrick Tull's eloquence captures the humor, the drama, and the atmosphere of the early 19th century. Do not overlook this superb recording.ÄJames Dudley, Westhampton Beach, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"I haven't read novels [in the past ten years] except for all of the Patrick O'Brian series. It was, unfortunately, like tripping on heroin. I started on those books and couldn't stop." -- E. O. Wilson - Boston Globe