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Download Epub Format Ê Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated Companion to Jack Aubrey's World PDF by Ê Richard O'Neill This is an excellent resource not only for the Aubrey Maturin series, but as an introduction to naval warfare and the seagoing life in the late 18th early 19th centuries I particularly appreciated the tables about such things as the actual breakdown of personnel on a Royal Navy ship by rating how many lieutenants, how many Marines, etc and diagrams about how a crew would be broken down into smaller groups aboard ship Fans of the Aubreyad will appreciate the sidebars relating historical fact to episodes within the series Plenty of references and lists of further reading material make this a great starting place for anyone interested in the naval battles of the Napoleonic War.
From The Moment That Master And Commander, The First Of Patrick O Brian S Sequence Of Novels About The Th Century British Royal Navy Officer Jack Aubrey And His Surgeon Colleague Stephen Maturin, Was Published In , Critics Hailed His Work As A Masterpiece Of Historical Recreation Called The Best Historical Novels Ever Written By The New York Times, The books Have Sold Millions Of Copies This First Full Color Illustrated Companion To The Aubrey Maturin Series, Timed To Coincide With The Release Of The Blockbuster Twentieth Century Fox Film Adaptation Starring Russell Crowe, Explains The Fascinating Physical Details Of Jack Aubrey S Fictional World An In Depth Historical Reference, It Brings To Life The Political, Cultural, And Physical Setting Of O Brian S Novels Annotated Drawings, Paintings, And Diagrams Reveal The Complex Parts Of A Ship And Its Rigging, Weaponry, Crew Quarters And Duties, Below Deck Conditions, And Fighting Tactics, While Maps Illustrate The Location Featured In Each Novel Comprehensive, well illustrated, authoritative, readable and skilfully linked in to the Aubrey Maturin stories This is, indeed, an excellent companion to Jack Aubrey s world I doubt if there are many readers of Patrick O Brian s great work who would not find this a useful and welcome source book for much information that sets the scene and describes the context.
The most famous part of the Patrick O Brian literary legacy is the famous multiple volume series of novels centered on the Royal Navy s battles with the French navy during the period of the Directory and Napoleon Bonaparte s Empire, released between 1969 and 1999 O Brian s books are very richly detailed with the usage of indelible characters and highly textured plots, set against the backdrop of actual historical events I can attest to the fact you don t need a companion book to enjoy the novels, even if you re a landsman I had seen this book on display at bookstores remember them when I was still working my way through the series of novels I bought it and read it, not by design, after I had completed the series I just hadn t got around to purchasing it before then I found this book to be immensely interesting because I could relate all of its numerous ties to the no This is an excellent resource not only for the Aubrey Maturin series, but as an introduction to naval warfare and the seagoing life in the late 18th early 19th centuries I particularly appreciated the tables about such things as the actual breakdown of personnel on a Royal Navy ship by rating how many lieutenants, how many Marines, etc and diagrams about how a crew would be broken down into smaller groups aboard ship Fans of the Aubreyad will appreciate the sidebars relating historical fact to episodes within the series Plenty of references and lists of further reading material make this a great starting place for anyone interested in the naval battles of the Napoleonic War.
Having finished reading Patrick O Brian s fabulous Aubrey Maturin series earlier this year, I enjoyed this book as it provided additional interesting background about the British navy during the historical period in which the novels take place This book also contains lots of excellent illustrations However, I recommend not reading this book before reading or finishing O Brian s novels, as it is full of spoilers, which, even if they don t bother you, also won t make that much sense if you re not familiar with the references made to the Aubrey Maturin books For a useful companion while reading the series, I found the book A Sea of Words, by Dean King et al.
, to be invaluable it contains some excellent general essays as well as a terrific glossary of nautical, medical, geographical, and miscellaneous terms.
Having finished reading Patrick O Brian s fabulous Aubrey Maturin series earlier this year, I enjoyed this book as it provided additional interesting background about the British navy during the historical period in which the novels take place This book also contains lots of excellent illustrations However, I recommend not reading this book before reading or finishing O Brian s novels, as it is full of spoilers, which, even if they don t bother you, also won t make that much sense if you re not familiar with the references made to the Aubrey Maturin books For a useful companion while reading the series, I found the book A Sea of Words, by Dean King et al.
, to be invaluable it contains some excellent general essays as well as a terrific glossary of nautical, medical, geographical, and miscellaneous terms.
This book provides a very good introduction to the world of Aubrey and Maturin at the time of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars It covers the political and social atmosphere of the time along with and pretty well painted backdrop of the navy at the time the organisation, ship construction, command hierarchy and fighting.
It is not perfect but it is good Some of the organisation of data is a little erratic for example the canons are described in one chapter and the carronades in another Also I would have like a much ordered description of the different types of ships sloops, brigs, corvettes, schooners, frigates, ships of the line etc They all get mentioned but sometimes the differences between them are really not clear, I found this book informative particularly the narration of three great sea battles contemporaneous with the Aubrey novels However, a number of plot points were casually revealed in sidebars and glossaries, which completely caught me off guard Usually I don t mind spoilers as I tend to see stories about the journey than the destination, but these were so significant that it made me put the book down till I was done with the series so as to avoid further contamination.
This is a highly detailed and illustrated book to help put the Aubrey Maturin series into its historical context It might be possible to use this as a reference while reading, but it probably best serves to fill in information either after reading at least the first book or possibly the entire series There are spoilers for the Aubrey Maturin series inside that are dropped into the middle of the text or in the image descriptions After reading one or two, I figured out pretty quick that anytime one of the novels is mentioned by title or Aubrey or Maturin s name is dropped, it might be best to skip ahead a little.
I highly recommend this book if you are feeling a bit lost in nautical terms and the history of the Napoleon Wars and the Royal British Navy at the time There are some dangerous spoilers, but I learned than I lost from just having it around for a few weeks to page through as I read the second Aubrey Maturin, Post Captain I have just started the third in the series, HMS Surprise, and I was happy to have immediate assistance from the companion to know what was meant by the First Lord and the Admiralty, though of course O Brian s context helps a bit The illustrations are a great help with understanding the ships, there makeup and the general practice of sailing.
This is an excellent research resource masquerading as a coffee table book Or at least it s the kind of book I would put on MY coffee table For anyone who is writing or reading stories about the English Navy during the early 1800s, this book is a must have It explains the ins and outs of everyday life at sea and even gives the layouts of various ships Best of all, for fans of the Aubrey Maturin series, it puts the stories in a historical context.
A really great companion book, worth it just for the copies of old paintings and drawings depicting various battles and scenes of shipboard life These are fairly accurate since they are contemporary with the period.
A warning however this should not be read until one has finished the canon at least once because it contains MAJOR SPOILERS concerning various plot points and important characters Comprehensive, well illustrated, authoritative, readable and skilfully linked in to the Aubrey Maturin stories This is, indeed, an excellent companion to Jack Aubrey s world I doubt if there are many readers of Patrick O Brian s great work who would not find this a useful and welcome source book for much information that sets the scene and describes the context.

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