A Sea of Words

A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian

Author: Dean King,John B. Hattendorf

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453238301

Category: History

Page: 518

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A guide to the British Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Age for fans of the Aubrey–Maturin series: “A gem of a book” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). What is a sand-grouse, and where does it live? What are the medical properties of lignum vitae, and how did Stephen Maturin use it to repair his viola? Who is Admiral Lord Keith, and why is his wife so friendly with Captain Jack Aubrey? More than any other contemporary author, Patrick O’Brian knew the past. His twenty Aubrey–Maturin novels, beginning with 1969’s Master and Commander, are distinguished by deep characterization, heart-stopping naval combat, and an attention to detail that enriches and enlivens his stories. In this revised edition of A Sea of Words, Dean King and his collaborators dive into Jack Aubrey’s world. In addition to their invaluable glossary, the authors provide essays on the age’s politics, naval medicine, and the many ships that Jack Aubrey sailed, sighted, and fought against. For both the curious fan and the O’Brian aficionado, A Sea of Words is an invaluable tome on the British Royal Navy.
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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

A Life-Changing List

Author: James Mustich

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 1523504455

Category: Reference

Page: 960

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“The ultimate literary bucket list.” —THE WASHINGTON POST Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends. Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage. Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and The Road next to Robert McCloskey and Make Way for Ducklings, Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. There are nuts and bolts, too—best editions to read, other books by the author, “if you like this, you’ll like that” recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned—a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading. “948 pages later, you still want more!” —THE WASHINGTON POST
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Patrick O'Brian

Critical Essays and a Bibliography

Author: A. E. Cunningham

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393036268

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 175

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"Originally published in Great Britain under the title Patrick O'Brian: Critical appreciations and a bibliography"--T.p. verso.
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NelsonÕs Navy in Fiction and Film

Depictions of British Sea Power in the Napoleonic Era

Author: Sue Parrill

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786458038

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 335

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This book provides summaries and analyses of more than 250 novels and nearly 30 films and examines the extent to which they accurately reflect the history, mores and manners of the period—and the extent to which they reveal the ideas and attitudes of their authors and of the periods in which they were written. Particular emphasis is placed on the nature and importance of the war at sea for the British and on the role of famous naval officers such as Nelson, Pellew, Duncan, Smith and Cochrane in the defeat of Napoleon.
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Star Trek and the British Age of Sail

Author: Stefan Rabitsch

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476664633

Category: Ocean travel in literature

Page: 279

View: 9194

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Clear all moorings, one-half impulse power and set course for a mare incognitum... A popular culture artifact of the New Frontier/Space Race era, Star Trek is often mistakenly viewed as a Space Western. However, the Western format is not what governs the worldbuilding of Star Trek, which was, after all, also pitched as "Hornblower in space." Star Trek is modeled on the world of the "British Golden Age of Sail" as it is commonly found in the genre of sea fiction. This book re-historicizes and remaps the origins of the franchise and subsequently the entirety of its fictional world--the Star Trek continuum--on an as yet uncharted transatlantic bearing.
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Trafalgar

The Biography of a Battle

Author: Roy Adkins

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405513446

Category: History

Page: 416

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This is the true story of the Battle of Trafalgar, Britain's most significant sea battle, as seen through the smoke-hazed gunports of the fighting ships. In an atmosphere of choking fumes from cannon and musket fire, amid noise so intense it was almost tangible, the crews of the British, French and Spanish ships did their best to carry out their allotted tasks. For over five hours they were in constant danger from a terrifying array of iron and lead missiles fired from enemy guns, as well as the deadly wooden splinters smashed from the ships' hulls by the cannon-balls. While the men manoeuvred the ships and kept the cannons firing, the women helped the surgeons tend the sick or helped the boys - the 'powder monkeys' - in the hazardous job of carrying gunpowder cartridges from the central magazine to the gun decks. Trafalgar set the seal on British naval supremacy, which became the mainspring for the growth of the British Empire, and in the short term not only prevented Napoleon from invading Britain, but also enabled Britain and its Continental allies to mount the campaign that would eventually defeat the French Emperor: without Trafalgar there would be no Waterloo.
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If I Fall

Author: Kate Noble

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101561467

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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After a duke's betrayal, the resilient Sarah Forrester reinvents herself as society's leading light-the life of the party. It's all a façade of course. When an old friend returns to London, he's determined to rediscover the true and trusting Sarah he once knew. But it'll take more than a kiss and a promise-it might even call for an innocent and necessary deception.
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A Nelson Companion

A Guide to the Royal Navy of Jack Aubrey

Author: C. Maynard

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781843171027

Category: History

Page: 127

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This concise yet detailed handbook provides the nautically inquisitive or historically minded reader with, arguably, everything he or she needs to know about the Royal Navy or Commander Jack Aubrey—protagonist of Patrick O' Brian's best selling series set during the era of the Napoleonic wars—and of Admiral Horatio Nelson, the greatest of all Britain's naval commanders. Decorated with line illustrations, many of them contemporary, and packed with detail, A Nelson Companion is an essential guide to the Royal Navy of Jack Aubrey's time, and its unrivalled history.
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The Patrick O'Brian Muster Book

Persons, Animals, Ships and Cannon in the Aubrey-Maturin Sea Novels

Author: Anthony Gary Brown

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786424825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 395

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Now in its second edition, this expanded work catalogs every person, animal, ship and cannon mentioned by name in the 21 books of Patrick O'Brian's series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The novels, renowned for their "far-ranging web of wit and allusion," teem with thousands of characters and ships, both imaginary and historical. From Master and Commander to 21: The Unfinished Voyage, this book distinguishes the fictional from the factual, making a useful series companion for the casual reader and the most ardent fans. Each of the more than 5,000 alphabetized entries provides a reference to the novels and chapters in which the topic appears. Additionally, biographical notes on the historical figures are included, with sources provided in an annotated bibliography.
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