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Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
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Jan 16, 08

Read in January, 2007

If you love tallships and the sea, adventure, humor, history, I can't think of any to match these for pure enjoyment. I'll borrow my comments on the Aubrey/Maturin series from literary critic Stephen Becker: Certain authors we read because they enlarge us, because they offer experience, wisdom, beauty of language, a sense of fate and the only defense, a sense of humor. I am one of your surly pragmatic polygot landlubbers, and I read and reread him [Patrick O'Brian] with awe and gratitude. His Aubrey-Maturin volumes are in effect one great book, and if I could keep only half a dozen contemporary writers, O'Brian would be one of them."
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