20. Azul en la mesana (Narrativas Historicas) — Patrick O’Brian / Blue at the Mizzen (Vol. Book 20) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) by Patrick O’Brian

Blue at the Mizzen es la última novela completa de Aubrey / Maturin. Fue publicado en 1999 unos meses antes de que Patrick O’Brian muriera el 2 de enero de 2000. La historia se inicia inmediatamente después de la victoria de Gran Bretaña sobre Napoleón en Waterloo. Aubrey / Maturin están terminando un crucero exitoso en el Mediterráneo después de haber devastado con éxito astilleros enemigos y con un gran premio del tribunal de premios esperándolos. En el pasado, Sir Joseph Blaine les había contactado en representación de la inteligencia británica y ciertos partidos en el gobierno para interceder en los esfuerzos de los grupos revolucionarios en América del Sur que luchan contra España. Lo harán como un barco independiente que no forma parte de la armada británica. Se reacondicionan y parten. En una parada en África, Maturin se encuentra con un viejo conocido, cuyo compañero ha muerto recientemente, como Maturin tiene su compañero de mucho tiempo. Una cosa lleva a la otra y se produce un cortejo romántico. Suficiente para regalar tesoros futuros para lectores principiantes, basta decir que Blue at the Mizzen es una buena lectura. Sí, tiene un movimiento lento y serpenteante hacia cualquier cosa que se asemeje a la resolución, pero con O’Brian como con cualquier viaje por mar, su viaje no es el destino que cuenta. Blue at the Mizzen puede no estar en muchas listas cortas para la mejor novela, pero es la culminación de quizás la serie más gratificante aún escrita.
Nota: La novela parcial El viaje inacabado final de Jack Aubrey (publicado en los EE. UU. Como 21), que recoge inmediatamente el lugar en el que deja Blue at the Mizzen, está disponible y lo que hay es bueno.

Si has leído los 19 volúmenes anteriores, entonces no tendrá necesidad de una revisión literaria de este libro. Si esta es tu primera mordida en la serie, te recomiendo que cierres este libro, comiences por el volumen 1 (Máster y Comandante) y sigas leyendo. Si está atrapado por la mitad del volumen 1, entonces le encantará este último libro completo de la serie. Mientras que algunos de los volúmenes intermedios se convirtieron quizás en lecturas un poco formulistas, pero aún excelentes, este volumen encapsula muy bien el encanto, la experiencia y la belleza de lo mejor de la artesanía de Patrick O’Brian. Disfruté especialmente el final, una culminación de la serie. Se sentía como una última pieza en el rompecabezas. Hasta ahora, me he negado a leer el “Viaje Final”, escrito en parte, y eso habría arruinado mi disfrute de lo que percibo como un final apropiado.
(Ebook) La experiencia de leer en este formato es, hasta cierto punto, mejorada. Se puede llevar a cualquier parte, fácilmente, sin molestias. Usted abre el libro exactamente en el lugar que vio por última vez. Las páginas parecen haber sido escritas en papel: utilizo la versión en tinta del Kindle y me encanta. Podría, si quisiera, ajustar los 20 volúmenes de la serie en un solo Kindle delgado. Libro altamente recomendado

Libros de la saga Aubrey & Maturin:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/19-los-cien-dias-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-hundred-days-vol-book-19-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/18-almirante-en-tierra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-yellow-admiral-vol-book-18-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/17-el-comodoro-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-commodore-vol-book-17-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/16-un-mar-oscuro-como-el-oporto-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-wine-dark-sea-vol-book-16-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/15-clarissa-oakes-polizon-a-bordo-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-clarissa-oakes-aubrey-maturin-series-book-15-by-patrick-

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/14-la-goleta-nutmeg-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-nutmeg-of-consolation-vol-book-14-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/13-trece-salvas-de-honor-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-thirteen-gun-salute-the-aubrey-maturin-series-book-13-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/12-la-patente-de-corso-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-letter-of-marque-vol-book-12-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/11-el-reverso-de-la-medalla-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-reverse-of-the-medal-vol-book-11-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/10-la-costa-mas-lejana-del-mundo-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-far-side-of-the-world-vol-book-10-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/9-el-puerto-de-la-traicion-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-treasons-harbour-vol-book-9-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/8-mision-en-jonia-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-ionian-mission-vol-book-8-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/7-el-ayudante-del-cirujano-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-surgeons-mate-vol-book-7-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/6-episodios-de-una-guerra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-fortune-of-war-vol-book-6-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/5-isla-desolacion-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-desolation-island-the-aubrey-maturin-novels-book-5-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/4-operacion-mauricio-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-mauritius-command-vol-book-4-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/3-la-fragata-surprise-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-h-m-s-surprise-vol-book-3-aubrey-maturin-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/2-capitan-de-navio-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-post-captain-vol-book-2-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrien/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/1-capitan-de-mar-y-guerra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-master-and-commander-vol-book-1-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

Blue at the Mizzen is the last full Aubrey/Maturin novel. It was published in 1999 a few months before Patrick O’Brian died January 2 in 2000. The story opens in the immediate aftermath of Britain’s victory over Napoleon at Waterloo. Aubrey/Maturin are just finishing up a successful cruise in the Mediterranean having successfully ravaged enemy shipyards and with a large prize court award waiting for them. They had been approached in the past by Sir Joseph Blaine representing British intelligence and certain parties in the government to intercede in the efforts of revolutionary groups in South America struggling against Spain. They will do so as an independent ship not part of the British navy. They refit and set out. At a stop in Africa Maturin meets an old acquaintance,whose partner has died recently as has Maturin’s long time partner. One thing leads to another and a romantic wooing ensues. Enough of giving away future treasures for first time readers,suffice it to say Blue at the Mizzen is a good read. Yes it has a slow and meandering move to anything resembling resolution, but with O’Brian as with any ocean voyage its the journey not the destination that counts. Blue at the Mizzen may not be on many short lists for best novel, but it is the culmination of perhaps the most rewarding series yet written.
Note: The partial novel The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey(published in the U.S. as 21) which picks up immediately where Blue at the Mizzen leaves off is available and what there is of it is good.

If you have read the preceding 19 volumes, then you will have no need of a literary review of this book. If this is your first bite at the series, I would strongly recommend you put this book down, start at volume 1 (Master and Commander) and read on. If you are gripped by the middle of volume 1, then you will love this last complete book in the series. Whereas some of the middle volumes became perhaps a little formulaic, but still excellent reads, this volume pretty neatly encapsulates the charm, experience and sheer beauty of the best of Patrick O’Brian’s craft. I particularly enjoyed the ending, a culmination of the series. It felt like a final piece in the puzzle. I have so far refused to read the partly written “Final Voyage” – it would spoil my enjoyment of what I perceive to be a fitting finale.
(Ebook) The experience of reading in this format is, to a degree, enhanced. It can be carried anywhere, easily, unobtrusively. You open the book at precisely the spot you last viewed. The pages appear to have been written on paper – I use the ink screen version of Kindle, and love it. You could, if you wanted, fit all 20 volumes of the series into one slim Kindle. Highly recommended book.

Books Aubrey & Maturin adventures:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/19-los-cien-dias-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-hundred-days-vol-book-19-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/18-almirante-en-tierra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-yellow-admiral-vol-book-18-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/17-el-comodoro-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-commodore-vol-book-17-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/16-un-mar-oscuro-como-el-oporto-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-wine-dark-sea-vol-book-16-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/15-clarissa-oakes-polizon-a-bordo-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-clarissa-oakes-aubrey-maturin-series-book-15-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/14-la-goleta-nutmeg-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-nutmeg-of-consolation-vol-book-14-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/13-trece-salvas-de-honor-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-thirteen-gun-salute-the-aubrey-maturin-series-book-13-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/12-la-patente-de-corso-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-letter-of-marque-vol-book-12-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/11-el-reverso-de-la-medalla-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-reverse-of-the-medal-vol-book-11-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/10-la-costa-mas-lejana-del-mundo-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-far-side-of-the-world-vol-book-10-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/9-el-puerto-de-la-traicion-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-treasons-harbour-vol-book-9-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/8-mision-en-jonia-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-ionian-mission-vol-book-8-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/7-el-ayudante-del-cirujano-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-surgeons-mate-vol-book-7-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/6-episodios-de-una-guerra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-fortune-of-war-vol-book-6-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/5-isla-desolacion-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-desolation-island-the-aubrey-maturin-novels-book-5-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/4-operacion-mauricio-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-mauritius-command-vol-book-4-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/3-la-fragata-surprise-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-h-m-s-surprise-vol-book-3-aubrey-maturin-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/2-capitan-de-navio-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-post-captain-vol-book-2-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrien/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/1-capitan-de-mar-y-guerra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-master-and-commander-vol-book-1-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

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