Monthly Archives: October 2012

Patrick O’Brian, “Blue at the Mizzen”

No, I didn’t skip. Being a methodical person I did read The Yellow Admiral and The Hundred Days before embarking on Blue at the Mizzen, but as many an O’Brian fanatic has found, our beloved author does run out of … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Commodore”

We’re getting to the end here. The Commodore is number 17 in the Aubrey/Maturin series. Jack, as you will have understood from the title, has been promoted yet again, this time acting as commodore of a fleet that’s sent to … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Wine-Dark Sea”

The Wine-Dark Sea takes up very much where The Truelove left off, in location and mood. Both books are relatively short and I wonder if Patrick O’Brian originally intended them as one volume. However, 500 pages of the frustration and … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Truelove”

Yes — this is where the Aubrey/Maturin series starts to bog down. In which, perhaps, it reflects life as we know it: Jack and Stephen are now in full middle age and The Truelove is full of testiness, misunderstanding, and emotional … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Nutmeg of Consolation”

I had forgotten how many ships Stephen and Jack sail in: somehow I conflated them all into the Surprise, but in The Nutmeg of Consolation, Jack commands a little Dutch-built sloop that has been captured by the English. He calls … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Thirteen Gun Salute”

The Thirteen Gun Salute is volume 13 of the Aubrey/Maturin series and the tale itself, like its protagonists, is showing its maturity. (A good thing, not a bad thing.)  This novel is one of several that takes Jack and Stephen … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Letter of Marque”

More literary references here — I really don’t want to be sounding like a graduate student, but in The Letter of Marque, Patrick O’Brian practically shoves Aristotle’s Poetics in our faces.  Stephen’s sidekick, the one-eyed naturalist minister Nathaniel Martin, is … Continue reading

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