Friday, October 5, 2012

Horatio Hornblower

 My sisters and I have been watching the Horatio Hornblower series (starring Ioan Gruffud) on YouTube over the past two weeks. They are based on C.S. Forester's first three books in the Hornblower Saga, Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower, and Hornblower and the Hotspur. I am really pleased with them so far, even though the first and second movies varied a little bit from the book; but I am able to overlook that in light of their other qualities. I currently have 10 books left to finish in the 12-book series so I can't possibly give a very complete review on the books or the movies, but I really like them. I don't intend to read all 12 books, but I do intend to read the next one at least and maybe another after it. I have a lot of good books this year; Scarlet Pimpernel, more Sherlock Holmes, Wodehouse, Jane Austen and others so I can't possibly hope to read all the Hornblower books and finish my other readings. :) Anyway, I found that the books and the movies (available on YouTube), were very good and I hope you read them.


  1. Oh, I love the Hornblower series! I read the first two books and thought the plots were good, but the characters are so vivid in the TV series. :)

  2. Yes, movies can often communicate a person's character and behavior a lot better than a book. I must admit that I was not impressed with Hornblower after the first movie, but after the second one I liked him a lot more and the third one made me really like him.