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I'm sad that I'm getting to the end of the series. Hornblower was at times hopelessly irritating to me, but I loved reading of his naval exploits. I was wondering which of the books was everyone's favorite? The least favorite? And why?
If not, whichever that one was was my definite favorite! I prefer when he doesn't have time to go on and on about the burdens of leadership/failure, etc...
All that 'Horatio' internal debate can get a little old, I guess. Forester writes about it interestingly in his Companion to his books.
One fine aspect of Jack Aubrey, Patrick O'Brian's naval hero, is his relative lack of introspection until life forces it on him.
Robert A. Mosher
Has anyone else read the tremendous 300-page tongue-in-cheek exercise of C. Northcote Parkinson "The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower' ? that's a hoot!