Book in categories:
historical fiction

Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin, #1)

Comments and mentions from HN threads:

Ask HN: Books you read in 2015?

anatoly: ...the best historical novels (the Aubrey-Maturin series) ever written, by a huge margin. The series transcend the genre and I count the Aubrey-Maturin books among the very best books I read in the last decade.

Ask HN: Which books have made you introspect?

jimhefferon: On their face, they form an adventure series of historical novels (they fit into a category that Great Britian has, naval fiction). But it seemed to me then and still seems to me now that they are literature, an extended meditation on what it means to be a man.

Ask HN: Recommend one book I need to read this summer?

very_curious: Has been a great companion to me over the years and over many re-reads. For me it's not about the sea battles -which I don't find particularly interesting- but rather about the writing style, the character development, and the fun of ambling through life with Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin.

Ask HN: Best books you read in 2012

dminor: It's the cream of the crop for this sort of historical fiction (or any sort, really).