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The King's Own by Frederick Marryat
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Mar 31, 2012

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Read in April, 2012

The age of sail, fighting ships at sea. Marryat is much closer in real time to his subject than anyone else I've read, and the scenes related to sailing are very convincing, not just the technical details but the personalities as well. Marryat is very discursive, and a number of his chapters would stand alone just fine as short stories. Of course this book was first published in 1830, when the discursive style was more contemporary. In 2012 the style is less fun.

Given that I'm reading this for historical perspective, I'm content with the experience. It's the first time I've actually held a book by Frederick Marryat in my hands after decades of reading back-of-book blurbs about "the tradition of Marryat" being carried out by a modern author, and I'm glad to know what that was all about. But I don't believe I'd have the patience to read another.

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