Persons, Animals, Ships and Cannon in the Aubrey-Maturin Sea Novels of Patrick O'Brian

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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels are awash with names, and even the most accomplished readers often find their heads swimming in a sea of characters and allusions. Just to keep track of the fictional characters is quite a job. To catch the hundreds of literary and historical allusions is an even more daunting challenge. Yet readers who miss these allusions deprive themselves of part of the pleasure of reading O'Brian: the chance to see both a lively imagination and an encyclopedic knowledge at work. From ...
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Overview

Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels are awash with names, and even the most accomplished readers often find their heads swimming in a sea of characters and allusions. Just to keep track of the fictional characters is quite a job. To catch the hundreds of literary and historical allusions is an even more daunting challenge. Yet readers who miss these allusions deprive themselves of part of the pleasure of reading O'Brian: the chance to see both a lively imagination and an encyclopedic knowledge at work. From Master and Commander to The Hundred Days, this dictionary identifies every name, fictional and factual, in the 19 Aubrey-Maturin novels published through 1998. The roles and relationships of fictional characters are concisely described and their appearances noted by novel and chapter. Historical figures are identified both by their mention in the novels and their biographical details. Literary allusions are located and explained.
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Catalogs every person, animal, ship, and cannon mentioned by name in Patrick O'Brian's 19-volume series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Some 4,500 entries distinguish fact from fiction in the series of novels, provide a reference to the novels and chapters in which a topic appears, and offer biographical notes on historical figures. Brown is a writer and business consultant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786406845
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2002

    Good value and handsome too

    The book is chock full of information, 342 pages in double columns of smallish type, and the typography and design are very pleasing. The binding is even sewn in signatures, a rarity in paperbacks these days. One can quibble with some editorial decisions -- like a couple of column-inches devoted to Cleopatra's life just because that lady happens to appear in a sideshow visited by Aubrey -- but most of the information here is good solid stuff not readily accessible elsewhere. A far better companion, in my view, than the King/Hattendorf efforts.

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