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Jack Nastyface: Memoirs of an English Seaman

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  2 reviews
"First published in 1836, this was one of the very first authentic accounts of life in the Nelsonic navy from the viewpoint of the common sailor. William Robinson, whose pseudonym may well have been his lower-deck nickname, volunteered for naval service in May 1805. This was in itself unusual at the time, but, rather more true to form, he eventually deserted in 1811. In hi ...more
Paperback, 155 pages
Published March 12th 2002 by US Naval Institute Press (first published 1973)
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È un agile libretto che si può leggere tranquillamente in una giornata. Inizio con il dire che il titolo, come accade spesso, è un po' fuorviante: gran parte dell'economia del libro è dedicata alle avventure di guerra dei marinai inglesi impegnati nella battaglia di Trafalgar prima, nel blocco navale delle coste francesi e spagnole e nell'impresa di Walcheren poi. È apprezzabile constatare che pur essendo un uomo di ceto basso, figlio di un ciabattino e arruolato giovanissimo come marinaio per p ...more
Written by a sailor in the Nelsonic Navy, who volunteered for service in the early 19th century - a time when most ordinary seamen were not literate. This gives you a rare glimpse of history from a viewpoint not often seen, and is interesting and humorous to boot. I thoroughly enjoyed it - a fascinating read.
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