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Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
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Dec 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, historical, saw-the-movie

A ripping yarn, this long book introduces the unlikely pair Stephen Maturin, learned ship’s surgeon and Captain Aubrey, bluff Epicurean fellow. There’s a series of naval engagements, not much of a plot aside from some business with some Irish rebels which causes dismay with the Irish lieutenant. Anyway, though there’s far too much naval jargon — lengthy paragraphs describing the ship’s movements which may as well be in Greek — the epic creates magic. With its meticulously researched descriptions of all aspects of 19th century life and Austen-inspired witty dialogue, the book makes fascinating, vivid reading. I tore through it.

[read twice: 4/4/99, 7/1/06]
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Started Reading
April 4, 1999 – Finished Reading
December 14, 2011 – Shelved
December 14, 2011 – Shelved as: fiction
December 14, 2011 – Shelved as: historical
March 15, 2012 – Shelved as: saw-the-movie

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