The Rendezvous and Other Stories

3.78 avg rating
( 96 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393313802: The Rendezvous and Other Stories

A collection of startlingly vivid short stories from Patrick O'Brian, author of the highly acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series.

Patrick O'Brian has emerged, in the opinion of many, as one of the greatest novelists now writing in English. His fame rests mainly on the achievement of the epic Aubrey/Maturin novels, but few readers know that O'Brian first made his reputation as a writer of short fiction. Collected here for the first time are twenty-seven stories that O'Brian wishes to preserve: stories of uncommon lyricism and beauty that will confirm his rightful place in the front rank of short-story writers as well as of novelists.

Although the tone of this collection ranges effortlessly from the humorous to the dramatic, the most characteristic and memorable stories often have to do with a glimpse of savage, destructive forces through the fragile shell of human civilization. The threatened chaos may be psychological, as in "On the Wolfsberg," or it may be lurking in the natural world, as in "A Passage of the Frontier," or, as in the dark masterpiece "The Chian Wine," it is suddenly discovered in the ancient, irrational impulses of human nature.

The setting may be the marshes of western Ireland, the Pyrenees, or the claustrophobic confines of a clockmender's house, but each story is a showcase for Patrick O'Brian's fresh and meticulous prose; each story reaffirms his sympathetic understanding of human passion and suffering. This collection proves that O'Brian is not simply the master of a genre, but an author who will long be honored as one of our most eminent literary figures.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

From Kirkus Reviews:

His reputation as a novelist secure, O'Brian (The Wine-Dark Sea, 1993, etc.) here seeks to cement his reputation as a short- story writer. The author has established a deservedly devoted following in this country for his Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin 18th-century naval series, but this group of 27 stories, originally published between 1950 and 1974, is not, taken as a whole, as strong. He is much interested in obscure journeys across frontiers and unhappy marriages, and many of the tales are more vignettes than classic short stories. Early entries feature solitary men who are invariably disoriented and buffeted by natural forces (or by forces implicitly beyond natural ones) while engaged in fishing, fox hunting, pigeon shoots, and other outdoor pursuits. In ``The Happy Despatch,'' for example, Woolen, a poverty-stricken Englishman stuck in a horrid marriage and living as an outcast in an Irish village, stumbles across a stash of golden coins while fishing high in the hills. What seems a sudden shift in his fortunes turns into something very like a horror story in the abrupt, enigmatic ending. In ``The Tunnel at the Frontier,'' a befuddled traveler appears to be passing from life to death. ``Lying in the Sun'' offers these thoughts from a man on the beach with his insipid wife: ``If only she would go away, he would be quite fond of her; he would indeed, and he would do all he possibly could to be agreeable by post.'' Later stories are less claustrophobic and more striking, especially the dark and bitter ``The Chian Wine,'' in which the planned ceremonial drinking of an ancient cask of spirits is precluded by timeless violence, and the volume's unexpectedly amusing final entry, ``On the Wolfsberg,'' wherein yet another solitary wanderer (female this time) learns a startling truth. Eloquent and elegant as expected, these often intriguing tales are never quite as enthralling as one might hope. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

OBrian, Patrick
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EYDQW003LVG

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 2.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

O'Brian, Patrick
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, New York (1995)
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Soft Cover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Marc19063
(Media, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, New York, 1995. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. First Paperback Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 250 pages. (HF4000). Bookseller Inventory # 003912

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

O'Brian, Patrick
Published by W W Norton & Co, New York, NY (1995)
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Trade Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Scholar & Poet Books
(West Bend, WI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W W Norton & Co, New York, NY, 1995. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: New. Clean and tight - unused copy - BRAND NEW!!. Bookseller Inventory # 010962

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

O'BRIAN,PATRICK
Published by WW Norton Publishers
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0393313808

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Patrick O Brian
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 209 x 139 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Patrick O Brian has emerged, in the opinion of many, as one of the greatest novelists now writing in English. His fame rests mainly on the achievement of the epic Aubrey/Maturin novels, but few readers know that O Brian first made his reputation as a writer of short fiction. Collected here for the first time are twenty-seven stories that O Brian wishes to preserve: stories of uncommon lyricism and beauty that will confirm his rightful place in the front rank of short-story writers as well as of novelists. Although the tone of this collection ranges effortlessly from the humorous to the dramatic, the most characteristic and memorable stories often have to do with a glimpse of savage, destructive forces through the fragile shell of human civilization. The threatened chaos may be psychological, as in On the Wolfsberg, or it may be lurking in the natural world, as in A Passage of the Frontier, or, as in the dark masterpiece The Chian Wine, it is suddenly discovered in the ancient, irrational impulses of human nature.The setting may be the marshes of western Ireland, the Pyrenees, or the claustrophobic confines of a clockmender s house, but each story is a showcase for Patrick O Brian s fresh and meticulous prose; each story reaffirms his sympathetic understanding of human passion and suffering. This collection proves that O Brian is not simply the master of a genre, but an author who will long be honored as one of our most eminent literary figures. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780393313802

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

O'Brian, Patrick
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1995. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780393313802

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Patrick O Brian
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 209 x 139 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Patrick O Brian has emerged, in the opinion of many, as one of the greatest novelists now writing in English. His fame rests mainly on the achievement of the epic Aubrey/Maturin novels, but few readers know that O Brian first made his reputation as a writer of short fiction. Collected here for the first time are twenty-seven stories that O Brian wishes to preserve: stories of uncommon lyricism and beauty that will confirm his rightful place in the front rank of short-story writers as well as of novelists. Although the tone of this collection ranges effortlessly from the humorous to the dramatic, the most characteristic and memorable stories often have to do with a glimpse of savage, destructive forces through the fragile shell of human civilization. The threatened chaos may be psychological, as in On the Wolfsberg, or it may be lurking in the natural world, as in A Passage of the Frontier, or, as in the dark masterpiece The Chian Wine, it is suddenly discovered in the ancient, irrational impulses of human nature.The setting may be the marshes of western Ireland, the Pyrenees, or the claustrophobic confines of a clockmender s house, but each story is a showcase for Patrick O Brian s fresh and meticulous prose; each story reaffirms his sympathetic understanding of human passion and suffering. This collection proves that O Brian is not simply the master of a genre, but an author who will long be honored as one of our most eminent literary figures. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780393313802

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Patrick O Brian
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 209 x 139 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Patrick O Brian has emerged, in the opinion of many, as one of the greatest novelists now writing in English. His fame rests mainly on the achievement of the epic Aubrey/Maturin novels, but few readers know that O Brian first made his reputation as a writer of short fiction. Collected here for the first time are twenty-seven stories that O Brian wishes to preserve: stories of uncommon lyricism and beauty that will confirm his rightful place in the front rank of short-story writers as well as of novelists. Although the tone of this collection ranges effortlessly from the humorous to the dramatic, the most characteristic and memorable stories often have to do with a glimpse of savage, destructive forces through the fragile shell of human civilization. The threatened chaos may be psychological, as in On the Wolfsberg, or it may be lurking in the natural world, as in A Passage of the Frontier, or, as in the dark masterpiece The Chian Wine, it is suddenly discovered in the ancient, irrational impulses of human nature.The setting may be the marshes of western Ireland, the Pyrenees, or the claustrophobic confines of a clockmender s house, but each story is a showcase for Patrick O Brian s fresh and meticulous prose; each story reaffirms his sympathetic understanding of human passion and suffering. This collection proves that O Brian is not simply the master of a genre, but an author who will long be honored as one of our most eminent literary figures. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780393313802

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

O'Brian, Patrick
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0393313808 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2122238105

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

O'Brian, Patrick
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393313808 ISBN 13: 9780393313802
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ohmsoft LLC
(Lake Forest, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. Book Condition: Brand New. Ships from USA. FREE domestic shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 0393313808

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book