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Mary B. said:
Film title: Master and Commander-the Far Side of the World
posted Mar 25, 2008 at 5:56PM
Miss Jenny said:
I liked the film quite a bit though I didn’t read the book.
posted Mar 26, 2008 at 2:00AM
Eden Prairie Library Staff said:
Interested in historical naval adventure? O’Brian’s works are full of meticulous research, detailed descriptions, intricate plots, and moral and social issues. Readers interested in naval adventures might also like to try Philip McCutchan, Victor Suthren, C. S. Forester, Richard Woodman, Alexander Kent, Arturo Perez-Reverte, or Dewey Lambdin. Bernard Cornwell may also be of interest with his historical military adventures.
posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:32AM
Patrick O’Brian’s Captain Jack Aubrey is the direct descendent of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower. Aubrey is another British naval officer during the Napoleonic era with a multi-book series, but O’Brian is writing seven decades later and focusing as much on the development of the friendship between Captain Aubrey and Dr. Steven Maturin as he does on sea-faring adventure and historical detail. Readers love Aubrey and Maturin and their series has been compared in terms of depth and complexity to the works of Jane Austen and Tolstoy. Aubrey and Maturin feature in almost twenty books, beginning with Master and Commander, and each book is another adventure in their lives and the lives of their ship and crew. In this first novel, Aubrey has just received his first command onboard the man-of-war Sophie. Along with ship’s physician Maturin, Aubrey sets sail to accompany a convoy of merchant vessels and then to patrol independently for enemy ships from Spain and France. The Sophie is a bit out-of-date, but Aubrey is eager to improve his ship and his crew is determined to prove their mettle. Maturin has never sailed before; author Patrick O’Brian uses his inexperience to fill in the gaps about life on board a warship in the 18th century for the reader as well. The result is a series of novels in which historical fast is seamlessly intertwined with superior plotting and subtle character development. Rich with details about the characters, their way of life at sea in wartime, and the times they live in, O’Brian’s nautical novels are deeply satisfying reads on land or at sea.
posted Dec 14, 2009 at 2:40PM
The first in a brilliant series.
posted Feb 8, 2012 at 2:59PM
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