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Book review: Mr Midshipman Hornblower, by C.S. Forester

This novel describes the beginning of Hornblower's distinguished naval career. At the age of 17 he joins the battleship Justinian moored at Spithead. His introduction to naval life is not auspicious; he encounters a bully who makes his life miserable. But he challenges the bully to a duel, though neither is injured thanks to a ruse by the captain. He is then offered a transfer to another ship under an active captain, Pellew of the Indefatigable, and his career takes off. [More]


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