A keen disappointment, to many who liked Beat to Quarters. Another story of Captain Hornblower, now captain of a ""ship of...

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SHIP OF THE LINE

A keen disappointment, to many who liked Beat to Quarters. Another story of Captain Hornblower, now captain of a ""ship of the line"" and part of the squadron blockading the coasts of Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. There is much that is interesting in the picture of life on board a vessel of the British navy; there are successive exciting and hair-raising adventures, in which Hornblower, though rarely a hero under the skin, pulls off deeds of heroism, there's one sensationally good fight and one even better retreat. But as a novel, it is loosely constructed; the style is careless and repetitious, almost amateurish; and the thread of romance (Lady Barbara again) is utterly unimportant and adds nothing to the story, which after all is keyed to the interests of men wanting sheer adventure.

Pub Date: March 18, 1938

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1938