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I know people have varying opinions about Nelson – good and bad - but I've aways enjoyed reading about him, and am currently reading David Donachie’s second volume "Breaking the line" which follows on from "On a making tide".

I'mvery much enjoying the second, as I did the first. Has or is anyone else reading them? Also, is anyone interested in discussing Nelson or any other officer on another section of the forum?

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Mil Goose wrote:
I know people have varying opinions about Nelson – good and bad - but I've aways enjoyed reading about him, and am currently reading David Donachie’s second volume "Breaking the line" which follows on from "On a making tide".

I haven't read these books yet. I am curious as to what sort of light Donachie presents Nelson in. Does he overlook Nelson's faults or does he give a balanced view, warts and all? I am also interested to see how he portrays Frances Nelson.


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Without spoiling, and I don't mind admitting to be a Nelson supporter to some degree, I think Donachie paints two sides to Nelson's characters ...... the enviable one, and the not-so-enviable.

Fanny, or Frances, is portrayed well, IMO ..... a dutiful wife and tolerant to the point where I have got up to in Volume 2. Whether she changes or not is another matter :wink: ..... I'll let you know in due course.

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Fanny, or Frances, is portrayed well, IMO ..... a dutiful wife and tolerant to the point where I have got up to in Volume 2.

I've always felt sympathy for Fanny. I know people have argued that she was cold and couldn't/wouldn't understand Nelson. Personally, I think those judgments are rather harsh.

Being married to a hero—someone so much in the public eye—must have been difficult. Of course, there were perks that came with that, so it wasn't all bad. Still...I do feel for her.

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I've just finished the second of the pair, "Breaking the line". It had to wait while I read the latest Stockwin borrowed from the library, and reading other stuff in between.

I think anyone could feel sympathy for Fanny...... she doesn't come over to her detriment in these pair of novels. IMO, Donachie portrays her a a woman simply and regrettably put aside because Nelson came under the spell of another, and hopelessly in love. I suppose, regrettably, that this happens only too often in marriages.

I think Donachie portrays a balanced picture of Nelson, and I recommend them as a good read of the genre whether you are a supporter of Nelson or not. It's not all about his love life; there's a lot more to the story of Nelson, as Donachie writes it..... the details of his battles and tactics, for example, are very readable.

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