Watched the first Hornblower flick! Good cinematography, good acting, stuck pretty well to the storyline!!! Rates high enough to go on our family’s ever expanding wish-list! πŸ˜‰

Of course, books are always better… The reader gets to experience the development of the characters more deeply and this is no exception. The range of emotions are only glimpsed at on screen through facial and body language…but in the book you get to “read his mind.” The action can also be explored more deeply and one can get an education from the description of the ships, equipment, uniforms, etc. that producers just don’t have time for in the film genre.

All in all, this redition stands on it’s own well enough to be thoroughly enjoyed. A&E does a wonderful job of that. πŸ™‚

DVDs 1-4 cover only the first book – Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.
DVD 5 picks up with the second book I believe – Lieutentant Hornblower – because the subtitle is “The Mutiny” which is part of the action of said book.
DVDs 6, 7 and 8 – ? – Not sure at this moment because I haven’t found their descriptions… Movie 5 has 2003 as it’s production year so maybe the others aren’t out yet? I’ll keep looking…

If you haven’t read nor seen Mr. Hornblower…do so! The men in your life will like them (books and movies) too! πŸ˜‰ I wanted to wait originally to see the rest (before I found the descriptions I’ve read more recently) so that I wouldn’t spoil something for myself that I hadn’t read yet…but after seeing last night’s flick, dh is getting the rest this evening! πŸ˜‰ Full of adventure but more importantly…full of valor, honor, courage, loyalty, perseverence, duty and learning from experience, others mistakes and observation! Hornblower’s not perfect. You see his “humanness”, his fears and doubts but he keeps his wits about him, has common sense and isn’t afraid of a challenge. Good things for the young ones in your household…particularly the young “men”. Our four year old son is already taken with Hornblower – although the children haven’t watched yet because we preview first – just because of the interest and like his parents have shown! He was holding my most recent Hornblower accusition from the library last night intently study the front cover and, even though he noted that there were no pictures inside, he came up to me and said, “Thank you Mommy for getting Hornblower! I like Hornblower!” and gave me a big hug. πŸ™‚ You’ll like him even better son when you get to know him. LOL It’ll take a couple more years probably before I can read these to him without losing his interest amongst the details but I’m really looking forward to that time. πŸ™‚

Fun, fun!!! πŸ™‚
Update @4:33pm:

Ok… Scratch 2003 and the others not being out. (Saw an earlier year of 2001.) Anyway…

DVDs 5 and 6 cover the second book.
DVDS 7 and 8 cover the third (and perhaps fourth) book – Hornblower and the Hotspur

I say perhaps *fourth* because some lists of the series include Hornblower During the Crisis inbetween Hotspur and Hornblower and the Atropos.

As I said before, the combined book I read had what I thought were the first three…but weren’t. So, I am now reading #3 and #4 having already read #5…if you go by the list that includes the Crisis book. Got all that?! πŸ˜‰ LOL

That means I can go ahead and watch through DVD 6 and be ok. πŸ™‚

After I get through these two books, it will be clear sailing. (feeling pun-ish) πŸ˜‰ (Both for the rest of the movies and series of books.)
Update @ 5:07pm

From Library Journal
Thanks to the recent TV adaptation on A&E, Hornblower is again in the public eye. Hornblower During the Crisis was unfinished when Forester died in 1966. This edition includes the completed portion of the manuscript along with Forester’s notes, which offer guidance as to how he planned to conclude the tale. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The 11th and final volume in C.S.Forester’s Hornblower series. Also included are two stories “Hornblower’s Temptation” and “The Last Encounter” – depicting Hornblower in youth and old age respectively.

Book Description
Captain Hornblower, after two hard years on blockade at Brest, has relinquished the helm of the Hotspur. He has no ship, only the promise of one. Meanwhile there are battles to be fought.
This reading of HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS includes two other stories, “Hornblower’s Temptation” and “The Last Encounter,” all published after C.S. Forester’s death in 1966.

“Because Forester died before completing this novel, the reader is left with a summary sketch and his own imagination for final details of the plot. For Forester devotees, this will not detract from the essential verve and dash of Hornblower’s last chase.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

(Btw, Hornblower is still a Commander in this book and becomes a Captain in Hotspur.)

Well, that explains it. This was a “fill in the blanks” book… It will be interesting to read regardless…and I will put it in it’s proper order…as I’ve been intending all along. πŸ™‚