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Testimonies Del Schwartz, the most influential critic in postwar America, wrote of Patrick O Brian s first novel Testimonies A triumphdrawn forward by lyric eloquence and the story s fascination, the reader discovers in the end that he has encountered in a new way the sphinx and the riddle of existence itself Schwartz imagination was fired by this sinister tale of love and death set in Wales, a timeless story with echoes of Thomas Hardy and Mary Webb Joseph Pugh, sick of Oxford and of teaching, decides to take some time off to live in a wild and beautiful Welsh farm valley There he falls physically ill and is nursed back to health by Bronwen Vaughn, the wife of a neighboring farmer Slowly, unwillingly, Bronwen and Pugh fall in love and while that word is never spoken between them, their story is as passionate and as tragic as that of Vronsky and Anna Karenina [KINDLE] ✽ I Blame The Scapegoats By John O& – 9facts.co.uk the most influential critic in postwar America ➠ [Epub] ➚ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne ➪ – 9facts.co.uk wrote of Patrick O Brian s first novel Testimonies A triumphdrawn forward by lyric eloquence and the story s fascination ➶ [Read] ➲ Gagged By Richard Asplin ➾ – 9facts.co.uk the reader discovers in the end that he has encountered in a new way the sphinx and the riddle of existence itself Schwartz imagination was fired by this sinister tale of love and death set in Wales ❴Download❵ ✤ Aristocrats Author Stella Tillyard – 9facts.co.uk a timeless story with echoes of Thomas Hardy and Mary Webb Joseph Pugh ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, Author Sharon J. Bolton – 9facts.co.uk sick of Oxford and of teaching [KINDLE] ✽ Wild Horses (Saddle Club, Author Bonnie Bryant – 9facts.co.uk decides to take some time off to live in a wild and beautiful Welsh farm valley There he falls physically ill and is nursed back to health by Bronwen Vaughn ❰Reading❯ ➺ At Sixes And Sevens Author Rosie Harris – 9facts.co.uk the wife of a neighboring farmer Slowly ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Save Rafe! (Middle School By James Patterson ✼ – 9facts.co.uk unwillingly ❰Download❯ ➻ The Hand That First Held Mine Author Maggie O& – 9facts.co.uk Bronwen and Pugh fall in love and while that word is never spoken between them [Reading] ➼ Ghost Light By Joseph O& – 9facts.co.uk their story is as passionate and as tragic as that of Vronsky and Anna Karenina


About the Author: Patrick O'Brian

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 Cherriere s memoir Papillon O Brian died in January 2000 The Aubrey Maturin Series on Goodreads



10 thoughts on “Testimonies

  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Almost 200 pages into a 224 paged book and now something finally happens Jeez Louise The only reason I muscled through all that nothing is because I love Patrick O Brian s work I was sure there would be a payoff, and there was, but it came in the third to last chapter with no preamble, no teasing along, not even the tiniest of tidbits to make a reader s hope linger Testimonies is O Brian s first adult novel He had written a few as a boy and made a name for himself That name must have been Almost 200 pages into a 224 paged book and now something finally happens Jeez Louise The only reason I muscled through all that nothing is because I love Patrick O Brian s work I was sure there would be a payoff, and there was, but it came in the third to last chapter with no preamble, no teasing along, not even the tiniest of tidbits to make a reader s hope linger Testimonies is O Brian s first adult novel He had written a few as a boy and made a name for himself That name must have been somewhat deflated by these meandering pages of character sketches and setting description Since the book is set in the hilly wilds of Wales and because O Brian is an expert scene describer, these pages often make for gorgeous reading His prose flows like a breeze over grassy downs, occasionally whipping through a craggy pass atop some barren rise Truly, you will say, this is a master wordsmith However, at this point in his writing career O Brian seemingly hadn t discovered plot yet The book is not entirely directionless, but the point of it all is elusive at best I can t recommend this, except to O Brian fans looking to read his complete works, but neither can I claim this to be an outright failure The characters are so very real he did after all create them from his time spent in Wales that one does grow an attachment to them All the same, one wishes they d do something


  2. Robert Robert says:

    This is an early and little known O Brian novel having never been printed in paperback before this edition One might think O Brian s signature is adventure stories, or perhaps sea stories in which case this would appear a typical, being set in a remote valley in North Wales Looked at a different way, this book is entirely in keeping with thefamous works of its author it relies on deep character study and interaction to tell a powerful story THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST This is an early and little known O Brian novel having never been printed in paperback before this edition One might think O Brian s signature is adventure stories, or perhaps sea stories in which case this would appear a typical, being set in a remote valley in North Wales Looked at a different way, this book is entirely in keeping with thefamous works of its author it relies on deep character study and interaction to tell a powerful story THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here


  3. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) says:

    This is a gut wrenchingly painful novel to read You can see the end coming like two trains on the same track heading at one another This is Patrick O Brian s first novel, written in the 1950s, and it is a dandy You can t put it down, and the title, Testimonies, means everything I have read O Brian s Aubrey Maturin series multiple times, and I honestly have to say that this is right up there with the very best of that series I have always loved O Brian s elegant writing style, and this very This is a gut wrenchingly painful novel to read You can see the end coming like two trains on the same track heading at one another This is Patrick O Brian s first novel, written in the 1950s, and it is a dandy You can t put it down, and the title, Testimonies, means everything I have read O Brian s Aubrey Maturin series multiple times, and I honestly have to say that this is right up there with the very best of that series I have always loved O Brian s elegant writing style, and this very first effort sets the standard for all that was to come.The novel takes place in a remote part of Wales shortly after the turn of the 20th century, but it has the feel of the mid to late 19th century, and certainly has the feel of a plot crafted by Thomas Hardy or even George Eliot It is ever so well written and completely brings you into the world of sheep farming in the valleys and mountains of Wales.I ll be reading this again to be sure A solid 4 5 stars for me


  4. Molly Molly says:

    A staggeringly moving and painful novel about an undeclared love in bleak circumstances Patrick O Brian s strangely oblique and vivid style that his devotees adore in the Aubrey Maturin novels is here, but this is written in a different key Perhaps the mournfulness of certain episodes in the romance of Diana and Stephen, or the painful history of Clarissa Oakes, may prepare an O Brian reader for the mood of this small, deep wound of a tale that will remain a weight on your heart for at least a A staggeringly moving and painful novel about an undeclared love in bleak circumstances Patrick O Brian s strangely oblique and vivid style that his devotees adore in the Aubrey Maturin novels is here, but this is written in a different key Perhaps the mournfulness of certain episodes in the romance of Diana and Stephen, or the painful history of Clarissa Oakes, may prepare an O Brian reader for the mood of this small, deep wound of a tale that will remain a weight on your heart for at least a month post reading


  5. Jon Jon says:

    This book was slow but intense from beginning to end I have never read anything like it I don t know how many people would enjoy it, but in the end I had to give it 5 stars I thought about it for weeks after finishing it O Brian has a gift for character, setting, and story, which makes a very strong combination This was powerful and somewhat disturbing, but I think it left me a better person for having read it.


  6. Laura Laura says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra 4 Extra Debut A haunting tale of secret passion set in a remote Welsh valley in the 1950s Stars Philip Madoc, Alan Moore and Manon Edwards.


  7. E E says:

    When reading the Master and Commander series, especially when Maturin and Aubrey huddle for late night conversation in the captain s quarters, the astute reader soon realizes that author Patrick O Brian is up to a lotthan merely spinning a few sea yarns Yes, indeed, he is a serious writer And I mean that in the best way possible This work, written nearly 20 years before the start of that series, and standing as O Brian s first novel after a 14 year break caused mostly by the second wo When reading the Master and Commander series, especially when Maturin and Aubrey huddle for late night conversation in the captain s quarters, the astute reader soon realizes that author Patrick O Brian is up to a lotthan merely spinning a few sea yarns Yes, indeed, he is a serious writer And I mean that in the best way possible This work, written nearly 20 years before the start of that series, and standing as O Brian s first novel after a 14 year break caused mostly by the second world war, is something close to a masterpiece.The novel has nothing to do with the naval life It is set in a remote Welsh valley, where a retired Oxford don goes to spend his remaining days in peace and solitude There he falls in platonic love with a married woman Eventually, things fall apart This is a story as old as the hills, so what makes the book so good The interweaving of the three title testimonies The languid pace The extremely specific, lived in detail of what it s like to live and work on a sheep farm The reflections on God, love, perception, and language This book was a true delight


  8. Nelson Nelson says:

    O Brian s first novel and a number of things that appear in the Aubrey Maturin series turn up here Not, of course, the subject matter The book has much of O Brian s signature ability to use irony Telling the story of a fraught relationship through a series of different narrators allows each of the voices to both illumine and cast shadows on the others The total effect is a kind of ironical distance not for the first time, this skill of O Brian s reminds me a great deal of Austen at her best O Brian s first novel and a number of things that appear in the Aubrey Maturin series turn up here Not, of course, the subject matter The book has much of O Brian s signature ability to use irony Telling the story of a fraught relationship through a series of different narrators allows each of the voices to both illumine and cast shadows on the others The total effect is a kind of ironical distance not for the first time, this skill of O Brian s reminds me a great deal of Austen at her best Unlike the other books by him I have read, this is done in first person narration, although the Bronwen sections and some of the Pugh sections are taken down like evidence for an inquest or a trial Part of the allure here is that not everything is made explicit Exactly what Emyr does, for instance, that puts his wife off early in their marriage, is never stated forthrightly Similarly how Bronwen comes to her end is also kept somewhat opaque There is deep poetry in many of Pugh s reflections and profound misunderstandings about what has come about as a result of his taking up residence in a Welsh valley As first novels go, this is pretty polished and accomplished stuff


  9. Bettie Bettie says:

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  10. Neill Goltz Neill Goltz says:

    I first became aware of Patrick O Brian via his late 80s obituary in the WSJ This was my introduction to his Aubrey Maturin Master Commander series to which I became a devotee and, as such, have described as Jane Austen for men based upon the richness of the conversations Testimonies is a very different O Brian This is a novel of unrequited love set in the upcountry of Wales It is a tragedy caused by village pettiness and professional jealousy The language is beautiful in the des I first became aware of Patrick O Brian via his late 80s obituary in the WSJ This was my introduction to his Aubrey Maturin Master Commander series to which I became a devotee and, as such, have described as Jane Austen for men based upon the richness of the conversations Testimonies is a very different O Brian This is a novel of unrequited love set in the upcountry of Wales It is a tragedy caused by village pettiness and professional jealousy The language is beautiful in the description of the high country and sheep keeping, and the characterizations of the people and relationships It was a great joy to keep the Welsh word reference at hand Very different than Aubrey Maturin, but very reassuring to realize that O Brian has talents of description and emotion far beyond those so ably done against the background of high seas adventure in the Napoleonic Age


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