Master and Commander (Aubrey-Maturin Series #1)
The Aubrey—Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels —20 completed and one unfinished —by Patrick O'Brian , set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin , a physician, natural philosopher , and intelligence agent. The first novel, Master and Commander , was published in and the last finished novel in The series received considerable international acclaim and most of the novels reached The New York Times Best Seller list. Forester and other British authors central to the English literature canon. Patrick O'Brian 's The Golden Ocean and The Unknown Shore both depict fictional pairs of young men, loosely based on real seamen, who participate in George Anson's voyage around the world. In these two novels, O'Brian began to develop the models for the characters of Aubrey and Maturin as well as the storytelling techniques used in the series. O'Brian's books were written and published in the same chronological sequence as the events they describe, beginning with Master and Commander , set in , and carrying through to the final novel, set in late after the Battle of Waterloo.
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The book proved to be the start of the novel Aubrey-Maturin series , set largely in the era of the Napoleonic Wars , that O'Brian continued working on up until his death in The novel is set at the turn of the 19th century. It follows the young Jack Aubrey who has just been promoted to the rank of Master and Commander , and Stephen Maturin, a destitute physician and naturalist whom Aubrey appoints as his naval surgeon. The naval action in the Mediterranean is closely based on the real-life exploits of Lord Cochrane , including a battle modelled after Cochrane's spectacular victory in the brig HMS Speedy over the vastly superior Spanish frigate El Gamo. The novel puts the reader into the times in every aspect, from the ways of the Royal Navy on sailing ships to the state of science and medicine and social status.