A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian
But the more I try to use it the more I wish it was slightly more comprehensive. It does not contain quite all of the nautical and technical jargon I want to know. I especially wish that the diagrams in the front of the book showing the anatomy of a ship were much more detailed...in fact I could go for an extra ten pages or so just of these types of labelled drawings. The big things are listed but there are so many li ...more
I started the first book in the series years ago after watching the great film "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World" (dir. Peter Weir) which is now ...more
In a complementary work of excellence, King brings us easy access to, and understandin ...more
Like the girl in the nursery rhyme, when this book is good, it is very, very good, but when it is bad it is horrid. Dean King's Sea of Words is, as the back cover quote proclaims, "a godsend, a must-have book." Anyone who dips into the Aubrey/Maturin series is overwhelmed by the amount of archaic, period vocabulary on almost every page. And I don't feel that O'Brian is showing off just for the fun of it; I sense that he has so immersed himself of the writing of that time that it flows naturally...more
A valuable companion for O'Brian's books that would be even better if included more contextual quotes or explanations of how O'Brian used some of the terms in the books.
Pair this with Harbors and High Seas, 3rd Edition : An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian, Third Edition on your reference shelf if you are a real fan
O'Brian's style of writing assumes that you know just as much as he does about sails, lee, starboard, larboard, etc. etc. etc. ... and that is some of the charm of the books.
When I re-read the entire series in a few years I'll put more work into understanding the ships from these diagrams, and really absorbing the vocabulary.
A must have while reading through the Aubrey/Maturin Novels. I keep mine right on the table under whatever O'Brian novel I am currently re-reading!
My Review (for Barry):
A-B started a little slow, but by C things really picked up. I loved how E followed D, and I never saw the twist ending in Z. Definitely the best dictionary I've ever read!