Hornblower and the Atropos

Hornblower and the Atropos In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos a gun sloop barely large enough to requir

  • Title: Hornblower and the Atropos
  • Author: C.S. Forester
  • ISBN: 9780316289290
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22 gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain Her first assignment under Hornblower s command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet s harassIn the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22 gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain Her first assignment under Hornblower s command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet s harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size At the center of each adventure is Hornblower, Forester s most inspired creation, whose blend of cautious preparation and spirited execution dazzles friend and foe alike.

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    1. C.S. Forester

      Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades His most notable works were the 11 book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen 1935 filmed in 1951 by John Huston His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

    586 thoughts on “Hornblower and the Atropos”

    1. Non-stop action and a great read on every page as the young Horatio Hornblower gets in and out of trouble. There are superb sailing scenes where you don't have to understand all the terms to get the feel and flavor and tension of what is happening. There is also intelligent consideration of these events in the mind of the maturing Hornblower, when he succeeds and also when that success is not always recognized or rewarded.This is perfect for me as a break from my research reading on Hitler, Heyd [...]


    2. I was a little disappointed with this Hornblower book. It was definitely the weakest of the bunch thus far. Hornblower is promoted to Post-Captain and as junior Captain on the rolls (but none-the-less favored) he is given a ship - a 22 gun sloop of war. The smallest possible shop to rate a full Captain. Good stuff so far, but the story never really develops or picks up as it does in the other books. There is no great crisis. Hornblower never needs to bring his ship into a desperate struggle. And [...]


    3. The life of Horatio Hornblower continues. Here Captain Hornblower (one of many captains waiting ashore for a command) gets command of the Atropos. She's a small sloop of war the very smallest ship that would require a captain to command her rather than a commander.I read many of these years ago but didn't complete the "series" of books that relate the life of our hero. This one gives us one of the less warlike stories of Hornblower. It takes place not long after the Battle of Trafalgar and the d [...]


    4. Horatio Hornblower gets the helm of his first ship.Even though it is a small ship, and he is the junior most captain of the navy, he gets sent on an important mission, and uses his wits and guile to win the day.It is amazing to see how much the world has changed in what is an eyeblink in the cosmic sense of time.


    5. Another good addition to the Hornblower series. As usual, the action never stops in several different adventures. That was one of the issues too, though. In prior books, a big deal has been made of how long it took to beat back windward & the lack made the end of the book seem a bit sketchy. Also, it ends on a terrible cliff hanger.On the plus side, there was a salvage operation that was quite interesting & several narrow escapes. The latter is to be expected, but Forester varies the cir [...]


    6. I read this about 50 years ago. The canal boat beginning has always stuck in my mind. Upon a reread, I think I now understand why Forester included this in the book. The Hornblower saga is more than a mere Age of Fighting Sail tale; Forester was also trying showing us how Britain was able to sustain a global conflict for more than 20 years against what must have looked like an unbeatable continental power.


    7. This review is for the complete 11-book series of THE HORNBLOWER SAGA by C.S. Forester, which I just finished reading last night.[Note: Individual books have individual star ratings (mostly 5-star, a few 4-star), but the descriptive review will be the same for each, and encompass the entire series, as follows.]Actually, I just finished reading the complete series for the second time, the first being as a teenager some 30 years ago.It's remarkable to me that I have only just this moment realized [...]


    8. I was rather leery of starting in on the Hornblower series. Without knowing anything about it aside from the period in which it was set and the period in which it was published, I had the notion it was going to be pulpy, melodramatic, and repetitious.That couldn't be farther from the truth. In this book, as, indeed, in the whole series, Forester presents a splendidly realistic hero, full of both foibles and virtues. His historical setting is engrossing and obviously well researched. It still doe [...]


    9. I’m really loving the Hornblower series. I would have appreciated it more during my time in the Navy. This one was awesome. HH now with a wife and 2 children, gets a new ship, puts on a funeral for Lord Nelson, meets the King, finds treasure, trains up a German Prince to be a midshipman, outwits the Turks and Spaniards and then has to use his cutlass in close combat. The result would be good, right? No- he loses command of the Atropos as it is given to the Sicilian Navy. What adventures await [...]


    10. A fun read, like most Hornblower books. And, like many Hornblower books, the parts are greater than the whole. Forester has wonderfully enjoyable episodes: Hornblower steering a barge on the way to his new command (accompanied by a disapproving Maria); Hornblower's ship beginning to sink as he leads the Nelson funeral procession; being saddled with a non-English speaking prince and his obnoxious equerry as part of his crew; treasure hunting with Ceylonese pearl divers off the Turkish coast; and [...]


    11. Recently-promoted Captain Hornblower and his very pregnant wife travel by canal boat to London where Hornblower is to take over his first command, that of "Atropos", the smallest ship in the British navy. One might think this would result in boring assignments and times for the young captain, but as usual, Horatio makes lemonade from the lemons he is given. In the early going, we are granted wry glimpses into Hornblower's marriage and its conflicts with his total dedication to his navy career. O [...]


    12. Hornblower is a fascinating character, and for various reasons this is my favorite book of his so far. One reason is the supporting cast--the doctor required to heal the man he'd almost killed in duel, the Ceylonese divers dragged to a strange world to dive for lost treasure, the German princeling and grand-nephew of the King of England literally learning the ropes--all intrigued me. But Horatio's glum pessimism (a pessimism justified by events) and morbid self-doubt and self-absorption, combine [...]


    13. Oh hell no! Nicolas Coster's reading had me ready to cut my own throat in under 5 minutes. I gritted my teeth & concentrated more on driving hoping against all hope that it would improve. It didn't. Had to stop or my teeth were going to break.Slow, ponderous, awful!Christian Rodska read all the previous books & did a great job. Looks like he read the rest that my library has, too. I guess I'll have to get the ebook & read it.My 3 star review of the ebook version is here:/review/show


    14. Hornblower faces domestic crisis, the tension between family and patriotic duties, threats to his career, and another great literary sea chase -- with the fine writing Forester brings. Never a dull moment.


    15. This was fun, not bad. It's not amazing by any means, but entertaining. I'm not sure I could read the whole series without getting bored, but this isn't my first and I'm still having a decent time. Not exactly thrilled, but there we are.



    16. Having read this book fifty five years ago I thought I'd read it again. I had the same enjoyment that I'd had when I first read the story. The author brings the characters to life and paints word pictures that fills the mind with excitement.


    17. I found this book easier to put down than Lieutenant or Hotspur, but all that really reveals is that I am perhaps more fond of the Bush/Hornblower dynamic than Forester intends me to be. Bush isn't in this installation at all, and I like it less simply on account of his absence.Personal preference aside, the plot twists are inventive and exciting, the new characters are interesting if not a bit too peripheral/under-used (I was hoping to see a little more of the German prince!) and Hornblower's c [...]


    18. This is not one of the best Hornblower books, but even a poor Hornblower is worth a read. I am re-reading through the series in the chronological order of the hero's career, not the order they were written, and Atropos fits in a little oddly. The action, such as it is, comes just before the first one Forester wrote (The Happy Return) and just after the last one he finished, Hornblower and the Hotspur. So the character has to be less experienced than in The Happy Return, but this makes him a bit [...]


    19. Has anyone remarked on the double entendre in our hero's name? No. Then I won't either.Right. The book. Yes. I know I had all sorts of interesting things to say about it, but I finished reading it a month ago and the interesting things have slipped away into the place all those bon mots and lightning quick quips go when you actually want to use them, to be replaced by leaden, frankly rather dull, words. Words like episodic, entertaining and edifying: they all apply but really, if you've read any [...]


    20. I can't help but laugh at myself, as I try to formulate an opinion about this book. You see, reading this cycle is something of a throwback to my teenage years, when I devoured every Hornblower book I could find at my local library. Forester's creation was a hero grander than life for me at that time.Fast-forward to 2012 and I am astonished by how my view of Horatio Hornblower has changed. Due to almost thirty years life experience and vastly increased knowledge of history, I see a young man, wh [...]


    21. This is the 5th in the Hornblower saga. This book begins with Horatio Hornblower taking command of a 22 gun sloop called Atropos - the smallest ship in the British Navy to require a Captain. His 1st assignment is to arrange the funeral procession and man the flagship carrying the body of Lord Nelson. His next is to recover treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters. The 3rd was to scour the Mediterranean coast of southern Spain, disorganise the Spanish coasting trade, gather information of the ha [...]


    22. I really enjoyed this Hornblower! Actually, the more of them I read, the more I enjoy them, and that includes the unfinished HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS. In this one, Hornblower gets his first official command and organizes Nelson's funeral procession, raises sunken treasure, and plays cat-and-mouse with a Spanish ship many times his size. Delightful. Forester is endlessly inventive and knowledgeable without being heavy-handed, and he can evoke alternately smiles, dread, excitement, and pathos. [...]


    23. This should be called Hornblower Rolls With The Punches. This book shows the varied responsibilities of a captain in the Royal Service. the task thrust upon him, he does his duty, by damn! He helps run a canal boat, he takes on the training of a prince, he searches for sunken treasure, saves a fellow captain and diplomatically serves the King of Sicily. At the last, he is a comfort to his wife. A good read.


    24. As with his previous novels in the series, Forester displays an incredible level of detail and ability to convey a sense of place and time that is very impressive. Despite having no background in sailing or navigation, I never feel lost or left behind in the nautical-heavy narration of these stories. Top notch storytelling.


    25. Series gets better and betterI really enjoy C. S. Forester's writing style. His stories are full of feeling and imagery. As you read through the series you continue to become more involved in the trials and tribulations of the main character.


    26. Forester continues to entertain with these novels! This one spent most of its time at sea, or at least on water (not always the case in previous series entries). The author enjoys showing off his knowledge of various nautical tasks, and the reader will enjoy his showing off. So we get an old-fashioned horse-drawn barge on an English canal, an underwater salvage operation off the coast of Turkey (the science here was fascinating), and an good ol' chase and eventual attack off the coast of Spain. [...]


    27. Hornblower travels to his first official command aboard the new system of canal boats and lends a hand to ensure a timely arrival. He then takes command of the ship Atropos and with it must deal with the effects of a duel, a prideful retainer to a German prince and a French privateer all before even leaving England. His ship then travels to Turkish waters in an attempt to salvage a king's ransom in gold and silver from the wreck of a British ship. When the Turks attempt to take the treasure, he [...]


    28. Hornblower takes his first official command as Captain in the small ship Atropos. He deals with a new crew, a prideful displaced German prince and his retainer, and the effects of a duel. He leads a salvage operation of a king's ransom in gold and silver in Turkish waters and when they threaten to take his hardwon gains, he must outsmart them to sneak out of a blockaded port at night. He has his ship taken from him through political maneuvering and then is ordered home where he arrives to find h [...]


    29. Well, my feelings are definitely mixed on this one. I enjoyed the adventure, but suddenly Horatio's first wife is alive and they have a second child? what theThe Atropos is a very cool ship, and some of the writing about being at sea was truly vivid and inspiring. After all these books, i fail to understand many of the sailing maneuvers, but I still enjoy them greatly. I will keep reading this series, though the ordering may have been improved if I read them in the sequence of his life rather th [...]


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