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Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
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May 23, 09

bookshelves: adventure, fiction, historical-fiction, england, sailing
Recommended to Otis by: Ken-ichi
Read in May, 2009

One of the most enjoyable stories I've read in some time. Captain Jack Aubrey was a fascinating character. You just wanted him to succeed - to capture the Spanish vessel, to gain the respect of his men, to gain the respect of the Admiral.

The book is set during the Napoleonic Wars, and it was interesting to see all the Kings ships were nothing but glorified pirates, capturing all vessels they could on the open seas.

The book also strongly reminded me of my sailing lessons from last summer - I still had to look a lot of words up, but I remembered ones like leeward and abeam. Makes me want to go sailing!
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Reading Progress

04/21/2009 page 50
10.89% "The meeting of Jack and Maturin was a bit strange..."
04/28/2009 page 75
16.34% "Loving the description of the boat with all the names for all the masts and sails - reminds me of sailing class!"
05/14/2009 page 200
43.57% "I can't believe Captain Jack is nothing more than a pirate!" 1 comment
05/21/2009 page 289
62.96% "Ballsy move - but it paid off..."
05/23/2009 page 412
89.76% "Done. Can't wait for the next one."

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