Master and Commander: Patrick O’Brian: Book 1 (Aubrey-Maturin)

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Master and Commander: Patrick O’Brian: Book 1 (Aubrey-Maturin)

Master and Commander: Patrick O’Brian: Book 1 (Aubrey-Maturin)

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Describes a book or dust jacket that has the complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. When they filmed the duets, Weir says he played the professionals' recording used in the film as background so the actors couldn't hear themselves. Though sometimes compared to Trollope, Melville, Conrad and even Proust, the Aubrey–Maturin series has most often been compared to the works of Jane Austen, one of O'Brian's greatest inspirations in English literature. I am fascinated to watch them work and see how all these bizarre ingredients, chosen and combined in a process I cannot replicate in my own understanding, combine to form a successful enterprise. In O’Brian’s novel that sets most of the plot for the film, the setting is the War of 1812 between the British and the Americans and it is an American vessel, not the French one that the Surprise is chasing.

On November 5, 2019, the BBC News listed The Jack Aubrey Novels on its list of the 100 most influential novels. But how much less charming would this book be if the characters talked like that, instead of in the sometimes hilarious way they do?Maturin, who has never been aboard a man-of-war, struggles to understand nautical customs, and the crew explain to him (and to the reader) naval terminology and the official practice whereby prize money can be awarded for captured enemy vessels. The capture of Sophie by Christy-Pallière of the Desaix parallels the experience of Cochrane aboard the Speedy, down to the detail of the real Christy-Pallière refusing to accept the vanquished captain's sword: "I will not accept the sword of an officer who has for so many hours struggled against impossibility". They sail in HM sloop-of-war Sophie with first lieutenant James Dillon, a wealthy and aristocratic Irishman. A March 2023 story in GQ noted the film's continued popularity among millennial men who were watching the film on streaming services. In the end, it's probably a purely arbitrary decision; A Clockwork Orange was a masterfully written novel that so involved me in its narrative that I deliberately chose to use the Nadsat slang glossary that came with my edition as little as possible.

O'Brian later commented, "I am sorry to say that the Americans did not like it much at its first appearance (they have changed their minds since, bless them)". It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship`s surgeon and an intelligence agent. The character of Maturin is likewise of O'Brian's devising, [1] though it has been said that the author's own personality, attitudes, interests and even appearance are closely reflected in his character's persona.This was the age of Bligh and Cook and of voyages of discovery as well as conquest, and when HMS Surprise makes landfall in the Galapagos Islands we get a beautifully filmed sequence about how the dawn of scientific enlightenment might have felt. Stephen is not particularly adept at remembering where to stand when sails need to be raised or how to safely climb aboard the ship after a trip to port and, for a man with a command of so many other languages, the lingo of seamen seems to be somewhat beyond his ability to grasp. She noted that while many reviewers have compared O'Brian to C S Forester, such comparisons are 'nonsense' – "This is Jane Austen on a ship of war, with the humanity, joy and pathos of Shakespeare".

Jack Aubrey, a shipless lieutenant wasting away in the Royal Navy port of Mahon in Minorca, meets Stephen Maturin, a destitute Irish- Catalan physician and natural philosopher, at a concert at the Governor's Mansion. As O'Brian wrote in The Ionian Mission, "Although (they) were almost as unlike as men could be, unlike in nationality, religion, education, size, shape, profession, habit of mind, they were united in a deep love for music, and many and many an evening had they played together, violin answering cello or both singing together far into the night. Although 20th Century Fox engaged Miramax Films and Universal Pictures to co-finance and co-produce the film, Fox itself distributed the film. Lucy Eyre wrote to point out the appeal of the series to women readers, mentioning the nautical detail, and how it might be viewed the same as precise medical language on the television program ER.The Naval History of Great Britain from the Declaration of War by France in 1793 to the Accession of George IV.

Style [ edit ] A diagram of 1728 illustrating the exterior and rigging of a third-rate ship and the interior of a first-rate ship. Richard Ollard, in examining the general reception to O'Brian's books, suggests that O'Brian's naval officers would be able to talk with and recognise Jane Austen's characters. Or if you disliked or were indifferent to the book, did the relentless ship-centric language put you off? The title derives from the first Aubrey-Maturin novel and the tenth book in the series, which is the principal source. It distracts from what I enjoy so much about reading in the first place (losing myself someplace else), and makes the process seem even more artificial than it already by nature is.

Ireland was then a country governed by Britain, and political dissent had been increasing for some time. The naval actions of the novel are closely based on the exploits of Thomas Cochrane (1775–1860), 10th Earl of Dundonald, a notoriously fiery naval captain and later admiral. This is the second onscreen collaboration for Crowe and Bettany, who previously co-starred in 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.

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