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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 02, 2010 09:26AM) (new)

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This is the introductory thread for the historical fiction book Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian which the group will begin reading on May 3rd, 2010.

Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Book 1) by Patrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian


message 2: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 01, 2010 10:13PM) (new)

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Syllabus:


Week One: May 3 - May 9 -> Author’s Note and Chapter One, pages 11-41
Week Two: May 10 - May 16 -> Chapter Two, pages 42-94
Week Three: May 17 - May 23 -> Chapter Three, pages 95-134
Week Four: May 24 - May 30 -> Chapter Four, pages 135-170
Week Five: May 31 - June 6 -> Chapter Five, pages 171-200
Week Six: June 7 - June 13 -> Chapter Six, pages 201-222
Week Seven: June 14 - June 20 -> Chapter Seven, pages 223-271
Week Eight: June 21 - June 27 -> Chapter Eight, pages 272-308
Week Nine: June 28 - July 4 -> Chapter Nine, pages 309-335
Week Ten: July 5 - July 11 -> Chapter Ten, pages 336-372
Week Eleven: July 12 - July 18 -> Chapter Eleven, pages 373-420
Week Twelve: July 19 - July 25 -> Chapter Twelve, pages 421-459


message 3: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 02, 2010 09:05AM) (new)

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Hello Everyone,

Elizabeth S will be starting Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian on May 3rd which is this Monday. Hope all of you are ready.

Aussie Rick will be backing up Elizabeth S when she is away on vacation sometime during the summer.

Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Book 1) by Patrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian

About Patrick O'Brian

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_...


message 4: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 02, 2010 09:08AM) (new)

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The W.W. Norton site:

http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Autho...

About the Aubrey-Maturin Series

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey–M...


message 5: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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This source may help out everyone:

THE PATRICK O'BRIAN COMPENDIUM

http://www.patrickobrian.com/


message 6: by Elizabeth S (last edited May 03, 2010 07:31AM) (new)

Elizabeth S (esorenson) | 2011 comments This is a copy of my introductory post in the discussion of Week 1:

Well, folks, welcome to our Master and Commander discussion! We'll be spending the next few months with this great sea yarn, the first of many in the popular series by Patrick O'Brian. For those who haven't joined us for a historical fiction discussion before, here's the general outline of how it will go each week. We'll be reading about one chapter a week (see message 2). On Monday mornings, I'll open the week's discussion with a short overview of the week's reading. For those of you who've read the book before, that should help you remember how far along we are, and what is fair game to discuss. Please refrain from referring to events that are later in the book, or series, than the current week's reading. Anything previous in the book is, of course, fair game. If any of you would like to share information about events later in the book, or later in the series, please use the glossary thread where spoilers are welcome: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3...

There are lots of things to discuss relating to the book. Personally, my main interest is in the historical aspect of the events. What is accurately or not accurately depicted? What does the book teach us about Nelson's time and the British navy? What was it like to be on a ship in the early 1800's? What additional historical facts help us understand the story? Of course, it is also interesting to discuss how the book is written, word choice, and character development.

As we get started, I'm interested to know who is reading Master and Commander for the first time, who has read it in the past, and who has also read further into the series. Please let us know in your first post. For me, I've never read Master and Commander before, although it has been recommended to me many times and was on my to-read list before it came up as the historical fiction read. I have, however, read an interesting biography of Lord Nelson, which I keep thinking about as I read Master and Commander.

Nelson The Immortal Memory by David Howarth by David Howarth

And so, let us begin!


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