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Book Title: Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy|
The author of the book: Patrick O'Brian
Date of issue: November 17th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780393038583
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 591 KB
Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Read full description of the books Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy:Cast off thy lubberly ways, matey! Men-of-War'll wet yer swab, unfurl yer sailorly grey matter and have ya shipshape and toppin' it the Age o' Sail scholar!
I can't keep that shit up...
Patrick O'Brian spent much of his life writing about the English Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. You may know him from his Aubrey/Maturin series, especially from the movie "Master & Commander". The book series lasts 20 volumes, in each of which O'Brian spends plenty of time describing seamanship. However, so much jargon and period-appropriate language (details that are positives for the reading experience) is used that readers are often bogged down and bored. One need not understand all that stuff to enjoy the broader scope of the books, however if you wish to have an even better grasp of what's going on, Men-of-War can help. It's like a Cliffs Notes or Wikipedia of information at your fingertips. I read the whole series through twice before I read this and still I found it useful!
Read information about the authorPatrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).
Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.
In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherriere's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.
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