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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393089584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393089585
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This isn’t like any other travel anthology: it is the miraculously provided answer to the now unaskable question, 'Mr. O’Brian, what are you reading?' And what he was reading wasn’t boring. Here is both a glimpse into a vanished era and a complex and, alas, equally vanished mind.” (Richard Snow)

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Patrick 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 Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

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In addition to twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series, Patrick O'Brian's many books include "Testimonies," "The Golden Ocean," and "The Unknown Shore". O'Brian also wrote acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and translated many works from the French, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Lacouture's biographies of Charles de Gaulle. He passed away in January 2000 at the age of 85.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John D Cooper on October 27, 2013
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This is a collection of 17th and 18th century travel narratives that Patrick O'Brian found interesting and used when creating his own fiction. The only words original to O'Brian are in the forward and the introductions to the various pieces. It says so on the back of the book, on the inside flaps, and in the description just below the title on this page.

If your curiosity is not instantly piqued to learn of a book called "Memories and Anecdotes of Philip Thicknesse, late Lieut.-Governor of Landguard Fort, and unfortunately father to George Touchet Baron Audley"; if you find boring the story of a Capuchin monk who explored the Congo in 1667 and slept with a tame monkey whose musky scent kept the rats away; and if you're not interested in reading first-hand accounts of the kinds of real-life sea adventures as O'Brian put in his fiction, this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you have always regretted that as a native of the New World, you have little access to the old libraries and records that a citizen of the Old can visit almost at whim, you'll be as eager to buy this as I was, and you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Author Bill Peschel on November 4, 2013
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The Irish writer Patrick O’Brian is best known for his 20-volume series chronicling the career of British naval Capt. Jack Aubrey and “his particular friend” Dr. Stephen Maturin. Based on his extensive readings of Royal Navy reports, histories and memoirs, O’Brian created adventure stories for readers who hunger for a detailed stroll through the Napoleonic era. To readers weened on C.S. Forster’s Hornblower saga, they can be dauntingly complex. But those willing to crack the prose ─ the audiobooks narrated by Patrick Tull will help here ─ will delight in the obscure terminology of sailing vessels, the politics naval captains had to play to advance themselves, a wide world ripe for exploration and exploitation, and the risks (rancid food, flogging, death from drowning or grapeshot) and rewards (rum, buggery and gold from captured prizes) of serving on a Royal Navy ship. For his devout fans, of which I’m one, 20 volumes were not enough.

For those who want to delve deeper into the original source material that inspired O’Brian, there’s “A Book of Voyages,” an anthology of travelers’ accounts on land and sea during the 17th and 18th century that he edited. Originally published in 1940, the book is an odd mix of stories that are as idiosyncratic as their compiler.

Travel during those times were like life in general: nasty, brutish and short. If you were lucky, you died quickly. If you were unlucky, like the six sailors who deserted their ships in St. Helena and tried to sail to Brazil in a whale boat, you ended up becalmed and drawing lots to find out who was going to supply the next meal.

On land, travel was quieter and less deadly, but generally more obnoxious.
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This is a fascinating book of travel stories. I enjoyed it a great deal. I will admit that I had some difficulty following the language, 17th Century English is not my native tongue. The stories range from the amusing to horrors of shipwrecks and survival at sea. Obviously, this book is not for everyone.

I should warn the readers or potential readers this book has a section on surviving shipwrecks. It was what I call extreme survivalism. It includes some rather graphic passages about cannibalism that may be upsetting to some. This section is clearly marked so you can avoid it simply by turning a bunch of pages.

I feel the section is appropriate in the historical context. Sometimes, we humans get very messy.

I think this book is best for someone like me who loves history. I wouldn't give it as a gift unless I really knew the person.
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It's a great little book, BUT... it was written many ages ago and in Sailors "English" so it's slow reading... Great history of the seas when Britain ruled the waves!
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