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NAPOLEONIC WARS > 4. HF - POST CAPTAIN - CHAPTER 5 (115 - 148) (11/22/10 - 11/28/10) ~ No spoilers, please

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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the historical fiction discussion of POST CAPTAIN
by Patrick O'Brian.

This is the reading assignment for week four- (Nov 22, 2010 to Nov 28, 2010)

Week Four - November 22 - November 28 - Chapter 5 - p.115-148

This is the fourth historical fiction group selected book.

We will open up a thread for each week's reading. Please make sure to post in the particular thread dedicated to those specific chapters and page numbers to avoid spoilers if you are catching up.

This book was kicked off on November 1st.

This discussion is being led by assisting moderator - Christopher. During the discussion of Master and Commander, Christopher volunteered to steer us through the second book in the series. Please support him in this effort.

We always enjoy the participation of all group members. Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other noted on line booksellers do have copies of the book and shipment can be expedited. The book can also be obtained easily at your local library, and may be available on Kindle or audible.

This thread opens up Monday, November 22nd for discussion. This is a non spoiler thread.




Post Captain (Aubrey/Maturin, #2) by Patrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian

Please feel free to research the complete Table of Contents and Syllabus on this thread and to see which version Christopher is using.

Post Captain is the second book in the series and comes after Master and Commander.

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

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Here we see Jack Aubrey in his element, on an armed sailing ship in a sea battle. He needs no Stephen or anyone else to look out for him. There are no on- shore decisional shades of grey. The sight of him comically fitted out in a bear suit is gone. What do you think of the change in Jack, if it is a change?

This is the first time the reader sees Jack aboard a ship in combat. How does it advance the story to show Jack in this setting? Why do you think O'Brian waited until this point in the story to insert this type of scene?

In a way, Jack's skill and authority aboard the inept crew of the Indiaman echos the incongruity/conflict of other relationships in the book, Stephen/Diana, Jack/Stephen. Do you agree? How and why?

There is a lot to chew on in this chapter, the first to show Jack in combat.

Please feel free to comment on any or all of the above or anything else you found of interest in this chapter or the book generally.

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