The Nutmeg of Consolation

The Nutmeg of Consolation

Patrick O'Brian / Jul 18, 2019

The Nutmeg of Consolation Alternate Cover Edition can be found here Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies Captain Aubrey surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin and the crew of the Diane fash

  • Title: The Nutmeg of Consolation
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
  • ISBN: 9780393309065
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate Cover Edition can be found here Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned Their escape from this predicamentAlternate Cover Edition can be found here Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O Brian or Stephen Maturin could devise.In command now of a new ship, the Nutmeg, Aubrey pursues his interrupted mission The dreadful penal colony in New South Wales, harrowingly described, is the backdrop to a diplomatic crisis provoked by Maturin s Irish temper, and to a near fatal encounter with the wildlife of the Australian outback.

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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 Aubrey Maturin Series on


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    1. “I read novels with the utmost pertinacity. I look upon them - I look upon good novels - as a very valuable part of literature, conveying more exact and finely-distinguished knowledge of the human heart and mind than almost any other, with greater breadth and depth and fewer constraints.” ― Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation For action, this book is a bit light. There is a bit of fighting when the crew of the shipwrecked HMS Diane are trying to building a schooner. Tobacco and alco [...]


    2. This, the 14th volume in Patrick O'Brian's brilliant Aubrey-Maturin canon, is one of my absolute favorites of the twenty completed novels in this wonderful Napoleonic wars seafaring series. "The Nutmeg of Consolation" is a page-turner from page one on. We join Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in the East Indies as they are rescued from a deserted island, acquire the beautifully Dutch-built small frigate the Nutmeg of Consolation, fight a running sea-battle with the much larger French frig [...]


    3. The one with the lady pirate, the cannibals, Australia, and the platypus. A very Stephen-centric novel, but without the spying and intrigue. Lots of interesting info about the New South Wales section of Australia, and a creepy new fact about the cuddly platypus.


    4. SPOILERS BELOW.This particular edition to the series may well have been entitled "When Maturin, Cannibals and Platypuses Attack." This (and the previous book in the series) is rather meandering and doesn't seem to have much in the way of a concrete objective in terms of where the author wanted to take the characters, but it's Patrick O'Brain, so who cares? His descriptive detail, the viewpoints of the characters, (mostly and seemingly increasingly from Maturin), the vast knowledge of contemporar [...]


    5. A little slower and little more self-indulgent than some of the previous entries, but a delight from start to finish, as always. The early part, on the island, put me in mind of Far Side of the World (only better than what we find in that installment), and the return to India (which was very enjoyable in the previous book) and the exploration of Australia was lovely. Not too many sea battles here, but it’s perhaps funnier than any of the previous books. Wonderful to finally get back to the Sur [...]


    6. Great historical fiction, only passingly good fiction. A fun read, nonetheless.The usual suspects maneuvered around the western Pacific to touch on as many real--or realistic--situations as possible. Some sub-plots better developed than others, but surely the Aubery-Maturin true believers will love it all.O'Brian resisted the temptation to leave us hanging from another cliff.


    7. Every one of my Patrick O'Brian reviews are the same: I love these books! I think the best bit of this one is them being shipwrecked (again!) and having to find a way out of it. This kind of thing really makes you realize how little ability modern people have with their hands. I know that *I* couldn't build a ship from scratch using the materials from a wrecked one plus whatever was available on a desert island. How about you?I'll be sad when I come to the end of the series. But wait, that means [...]


    8. This is honest-to-God one of my favorite authors/series. I love this books. They are tremendously well researched. It's ridiculous to compare these to any other "historical fiction" that I am aware of. You would think they had been written when the events within them actually occurred. Nutmeg of Consolation has Aubrey and Maturin recovering from a shipwreck on an island. They manage to get off the island with the help of a passing ship that came to collect birds nests which are used for "bird's [...]


    9. Repeated from review of Book 1That Patrick O'Brian chose to place his characters on the sea in the not so distant past just raised the hurdle I had to leap to get to know this wonderful author.I had never been enamored with sea stories, didn't much care for European history, and yet was wonderfully taken with this series. The sea is a major character, but history is not greatly illuminated, almost a backdrop to the specific circumstance the characters find themselves in. Which perhaps reflects t [...]


    10. After taking a hiatus from the Jack Aubrey series from the last unsuccessful attempt (The Thirteen Gun Salute), I finally picked up this volume.You would think that this book wasn't that good considering the time it took me to read. Not so. Finding the time was the problem, but when I did I was completely immersed in this latest adventure. It was good to see the camaraderie between Jack and Stephen once again. I thought the story was interesting, though perhaps not quite as exciting as some of t [...]


    11. Stephen's experience is life in a nutshell. You have a ship. Your ship is gone. You have money. Your money is gone. You have shipmates. Your shipmates have been killed. You have a nice supply of coca leaves. Then you don't. But you find a new ship. You make more money. You get new shipmates. So many major life changes in just a few short weeks.What remains constant: Friendship. Devotion to his professional goals. The mission he has sworn to carry out. (Marriage isn't included in this list, becau [...]


    12. What I wrote in LJ while I was reading it:Warning: I'm a fangirl and a slasher.____O'Brian's nodding off again.Wee midshipmen who die a violent death and then later demand dinners from other wee midshipmen?Nutmeg p. 40"Your clerk was killed in the charge; so was little Harper."p. 65'Pray, how many officers survived?''All but the purser, the clerk and one midshipman, though Fielding will limp the days of his life, and Bennett, a master's mate, is still in a very precarious state, while little Rea [...]


    13. Patrick Tull, Jack Aubrey, and Stephen Maturin - my companions sailing through the seas of the Napoleonic Wars. This book was chock full of all the things that make great adventure, interspersed with some appreciation of the natural wonders of South Wales. If you're looking at a review for book 14, you already probably like the series. This one has only a few parts I found exciting, but I was content to go along for the ride in the other sections. I will say that much of the time a problem is in [...]


    14. As with all the novels in this series (which might be considered one long novel), I loved this book. All the elements of a great novel are here, but there is one ingredient in the Aubrey/Maturin novels that is missing from so many other great works: a deeply developed, realistically represented, quirky friendship between two men. The friendship between Jack and Stephen makes all the other male friendships I can think of in famous literature seem caricatured or shallow or like a device through wh [...]


    15. Delicious episode at the beginning in which the Marines, up until now a mere garnish in the story salad, act with energy and foresight to save the crew from complete annihilation. And a little coda shortly after, in which they make a colorful show of force to scare off more pirates. And I love this tidbit on page 91: "'He counted his chickens without reckoning his host,' said Stephen." Maturin uncharacteristically slips in a loving dig at Aubrey's ineptitude with proverbs, which Aubrey doesn't e [...]


    16. It's amazing that 14 books into a series you can still have interesting and new adventures. Patrick O'Brian has done a wonderful job keeping things new. It seems like it would be easy for things to just be repetitive, but they are not. There is a lot going on in the world in the early 1800's and these novels are a great way to explore a vast many subjects. In nutmeg, the crew finds itself in a life or death battle with far east islanders - somewhere off the coast of Indonesia and ends up on the [...]


    17. This is so much more eventful than The Thirteen Gun Salute, much more action-filled and much more dramatic. To some extent, that's a disappointment because there's so much less time for the kind of small moments of character interplay that O' Brian does so well. On the other hand, it made for an incredibly engaging and satisfying novel which I finished very, very quickly, building smoothly to a great cliffhanger of an ending.I was delighted to see Padeen return, especially after a novel which wa [...]


    18. Unfortunately this installment took too long to get moving. It wasn't until the last third that things started coming together and the plot got moving. Naturally it ends on an abrupt sort of cliffie with half-resolution (Stephen's poisonous encounter with a male platypus). I won't rest easy about the fate of Stephen's ex-loblolly Padeen Colman until I start the next book in the series. The rescue attempt to get Padeen out of prison in New South Wales was the exciting, torturous final act the boo [...]


    19. Although I didn't enjoy Patrick Tull's narration nearly as much as that of Simon Vance in other books in this series, I still really liked the story and got used to Mr. Tull. Still, if you have the choice, go with Simon Vance is my recommendation. This story is more of a direct continuation of the previous book than some of the other books in the series. The previous book ("The Thirteen Gun Salute") kind of leaves the reader high and dry (along with Jack Aubrey et al) and leaves the reader with [...]


    20. This, the 14th novel in the British naval historical fiction series telling the stories of captain Jack Aubrey and physician/spy Stephen Maturin, may be my favorite so far in this engaging, erudite, albeit long series. I've given it 5 stars and as I think back on how deeply I've enjoyed this whole series, I am considering going back to my other reviews and changing them all from 4 to 5 stars. Anyway, this installment is chock-full of fabulousness-- shipwreck on a desert island, Malay pirates, bi [...]


    21. Patrick O'Brian continues as excellently as always. This story doesn't really have a dramatic arc of any sort and is simply a continuation of the voyage that started in the previous novel. But that does not mean that important issues are not handled: Captain Aubrey is shown to suffer from a condition that changes his behavior while Maturin struggles with his sense of responsibility for an old friend who is now suffering as a convict in Australia. The harshness of life and the evilness of men in [...]


    22. I used to think that I just liked the exploits of Jack Aubrey and Steven Maturin but, in truth, I now believe that I enjoy the series because of the beautiful prose of Patrick O’Brian.This is the second installment of “The Thirteen Gun Salute” and starts with the ship’s crew on an island building a boat from the remnants of Jack’s command that was destroyed in a typhoon. Next they’re attached by Borneo head hunter pirates in a GREAT land battle! Then, there’s a GREAT accounting of [...]


    23. Certainly one of the more geographically adventurous chapters in the series. There are so many events and so many places, it is hard to really focus on any one theme. This comes nearer to the tail end of a very long voyage that spans several books fought with much hardship. All of this hardship; the shipwreck, the marooning, the raiding Malay pirates, and the misery of Botany Bay juxtaposed against the happy sights and thoughts of home. I think it is best summed up by the very last line of text [...]


    24. I forget who it was said that if Jane Austen had a brother who'd gone to sea, he might have written the Aubrey & Maturin books, but there's a lot in it. The waspish wit and the godawful social minefields are all here, but then so is so much more. There's also stuff which would never have been possible in a novel of the time, but which one feels sure is accurate, for O'Brian has that great gift - shared by Marguerite Yourcenar and precious few others - of writing historical novels which, with [...]


    25. Just started the audio book - but I've been eager to finish the story arc started in The Thirteen Gun salute. Jack, Stephen and all my favorite crew are marooned on a desert island after a shipwreck - with important intelligence documents! I'll let you know if it holds up the standard or the previous series.I have now finished reading all the Aubrey/Maturin books in order TWICE!!! They have enriched my life so much by knowing so much real information about England's navy in Napoleonic times. So [...]


    26. Another leg of the journey finished. Started in Batavia, Java, ended in Sydney, New South Wales. A shipwreck; a flight with pirates on Swallow-Nest island; a hitchhike on-board a Chinese junk, a new ship, a naval battle with a French frigate, Cornelie. Reunion with old HMHS Surprise; The turning fortune of Dr. Maturin. Well paced, lots of action, on land and sea. Language is precise, charming, and elegant. By now, I must be a seasoned sea dog, as Dr. Maturin described himself, :-)Delve in the ne [...]


    27. This one felt a bit thin to me. The ending sequence in Australia, in particular, featured Maturin wounding a man in a duel, then getting poisoned by a platypus. Yes, both are in character. No, neither advanced the plot or my understanding of the Doctor. It felt like a particularly excellent RPG plot more than one if the earlier books. Still enjoyable, but I think I'll take an extended break from these. Maybe I'm just inured to the formula after reading so many in such a relatively short time.


    28. The ship rats get into Stephen's coca leaves and become addicts! Ship wrecks! Jack and Stephen sail to Australia! Stephen thinks he's lost his fortune, and finds out that Diana has had a daughter! Lots of great character moments, and the writing when Stephen is contemplating his great happiness at the end of the book is truly lovely. It does kind of randomly end, though.



    29. Noce moscata I fatti riprendono quelli in cui la Diane s'incaglia e lo scafo si apre come un guscio di noce, su un'isola in cui il dottor Maturin si rivela un totale inetto in questioni marinaresche, e l'equipaggio di naufraghi deve lavorare il doppio per evitare che compia terribili danni (le cime legate dal dottore devono essere controllate due volte, qualunque lavoro di fatica deve essere assistito) eppure si dimostra essere il cacciatore provetto, che assicura all'intero equipaggio il cibo c [...]


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