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21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey
21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey | Patrick O'Brian
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Blue at the Mizzen (novel #20) ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news, in Chile, of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to the South Africa station. The next novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of the author's death, would have been the chronicle of that mission, and much else besides. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk are presented here both in printed version-including his corrections to the typescript-and a facsimile of his manuscript, which goes several pages beyond the end of the typescript to include a duel between Stephen Maturin and an impertinent officer who is courting his fiancee.Of course we would rather have had the whole story; instead we have this proof that O'Brian's powers of observation, his humor, and his understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.Includes a Facsimile of the Manuscript.
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CrowCAH
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#Movie2BookRecs #LetterF #FinalDestination

I‘m still in the early books of this series, but there‘s a total of 23 to get to the final destination of completion!

KCofKaysville @CrowCAH I love this series and have most of the books. Never read the unfinished one though. 2w
CrowCAH @KCofKaysville the series is rich with nautical history, that‘s what I love about it! I‘ve only gotten through book five. And similar to you, I own about ten of them. 2w
Klou Great use of the prompt+ 2w
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shareyourghost
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Love this meaningful tribute to Patrick O‘Brian.

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shareyourghost
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And just like that, it‘s over. Though tragic, it‘s also kind of fitting and beautiful that there‘s no definite end to the saga of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. They simply sail off the page, “the future lost in a haze somewhere north of the equator.” The haze is both our memory of everywhere they have been and everything they have shared along the way, and our imagination running wild with all the adventures yet to come.

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