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Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
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Jun 24, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: other-fiction
Recommended to Kathy by: Day & Heather

This is my all-time favorite series. All are rich in historical detail, from the minutia of life in the British Royal Navy to the politics of the time (during the Napoleonic wars). O'Brian makes that history come alive through the eyes of his strong central characters and the quality of the writing, including a healthy dose of dry wittiness. Many people say that Master and Commander starts off slowly, but 50 pages or so into it they start to get hooked and end up reading the entire series (20 complete books; the author was working on the 21st at the time of his death).

If you saw the movie by the same name, be aware that it pieced together scenes from several books in the series rather than following the plot from the actual Master and Commander novel. Think of the movie as a sampler plate, and if it was interesting to you, go ahead and start reading from the beginning. These books can transport you to a whole new world at sea, and I loved every voyage.

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