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Post Captain
by Patrick O'Brian
W.W. Norton & Company
Sales Rank: 13,095 - Avg. Rating: 4.6 (out of 5)
Released: November, 1990 - ISBN: 0393307069
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Rating: 5 (out of 5)
Summary: Still the best book in the Aubrey-Maturin series
Comment: If you want to read the best Napoleonic War at sea series, start with O'Brian's 2nd book. As charming as it is moving. Here is early 19th century England with all it's mores and written in a venacular rare among authors. But this is O'Brian at his best.

Rating: 5 (out of 5)
Summary: Early, classic Aubrey-Maturin
Comment: This second book in the Aubrey-Maturin series is, like all of the others, an absolute delight. O'Brian does his usual astonishing job of transporting us to an imagined early-19th century world, interesting in large part because it is in some basic ways quite unlike ours, yet peopled by richly-drawn characters who experience emotions intensely familiar.

For the fanatic O'Brian fan (I am one) this book is especially interesting to re-read, since several of the dimensions of the characters, especially Maturin, are slightly at odds with later versions. For example, in one diary passage, Maturin waxes eloquent (and accurate) about the specific arrangement of sails as a convoy weighs anchor -- something he would never do in the later books, when he has become hopelessly ignorant about all things nautical.

These books are in the rare category of those classics that are a page-turning excitement to read when first encountered, and remain similarly exciting if read again and again, constantly revealing new subtleties of character and incident.

One of the great things about the books is O'Brian's periodic indirect explanation of certain expressions that have passed into the vernacular, and are used in contexts far removed from their nautical roots -- for example, "the devil to pay" or "we were at loggerheads", or...I've forgotten the rest. I guess I'll have to read the books again, and so should you.

Rating: 5 (out of 5)
Summary: Book 2 - Relive England in 1804 - Epic Sea Adventure
Comment: My favorite book in the series. Almost half the book takes place ashore as Aubrey and Maturin sit out the Peace of Amiens. Here O'Brian introduces Sophie Williams and Sophie's firey, beautiful, unpredictable cousin Diane Villiers. O'Brian has a field day in this book, everything from roamnce to intrigue are touched upon. For a deep understanding of British life at the beginning of the 19th century, you will rarely find its equal in contempory litrature. A great read that will prepare you for the later works in this series.Many have compared O'Brian to Jane Austen. This book will show you how well O'Brian has captured the language and style of a great author that lived in the early 19th century.

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