Men Of War Any Aubrey Maturin reader determined to learn the locations of the orlop and the mizenmast the etiquette of epaulettes or the range of a pounder will delight in this invaluable reference companio

  • Title: Men-Of-War
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
  • ISBN: 9780001922471
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Any Aubrey Maturin reader determined to learn the locations of the orlop and the mizenmast, the etiquette of epaulettes, or the range of a 32 pounder will delight in this invaluable reference companion to O Brian s epic and series An exploration of what daily life was like in Nelson s navy, for everyone from the captain on down to the rawest recruit Line drawings and chaAny Aubrey Maturin reader determined to learn the locations of the orlop and the mizenmast, the etiquette of epaulettes, or the range of a 32 pounder will delight in this invaluable reference companion to O Brian s epic and series An exploration of what daily life was like in Nelson s navy, for everyone from the captain on down to the rawest recruit Line drawings and charts help us understand the construction and rigging of the great ships, the types and dispositions of the guns, and how they operated in battle Contemporary drawings and cartoons illustrate aspects of naval life from the press gang to the scullery Finally, a generous selection of full color paintings renders the majesty and the excitement of fleet actions in the age of fighting sail.

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    1. 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 Cherriere s memoir Papillon O Brian died in January 2000.The Aubrey Maturin Series on

    2. Cast off thy lubberly ways, matey! Men-of-War'll wet yer swab, unfurl yer sailorly grey matter and have ya shipshape and toppin' it the Age o' Sail scholar!I can't keep that shit upPatrick O'Brian spent much of his life writing about the English Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. You may know him from his Aubrey/Maturin series, especially from the movie "Master & Commander". The book series lasts 20 volumes, in each of which O'Brian spends plenty of time describing seamanship. However, so much [...]

    3. Short but interesting read. Very informative. I learned a great deal about ship types, configurations, crew ranks, pay, meals, duties, etc. Fascinating.

    4. If nautical nonsense be something you wish"Success to all brave sailors that enter now on board; A health to Captain Pellew, and all his sailors bold,Who value more their honour than misers do their gold."- excerpt from a song about the action between HMS Nymphe and the French frigate Cléopâtre in June 1793.This book is highly rated and recommended based on it's conciseness (it's a short one), the beauty of it's art (high quality prints of paintings displaying the ships and their battles), and [...]

    5. this is the tiniest coffee table book ever. I mean it does include quite a bit about the royal navy but is really a quick guide to help with the reading of his other books. I really enjoyed the cutaway drawings and diagrams, they were a big help in giving a mental picture to his books. I thought I new the basics of a ship but now I definitely do.

    6. A look at real life aboard a British Man of War in the Napoleonic wars and the War of 1812. It is a quick read but gives good insight into the real life that is part of the novels that the author wrote.

    7. Interesting details of British Navy of the early 19th century, along with some great art and drawings depicting naval battles and life at sea.

    8. This book is not generally as well known as the series of books written by Patrick O'Brian under the heading of the "Aubrey-Maturin" canon. That series took off in the early 1970's, and was less than half-way completed when O'Brian wrote this book. It pointedly doesn't reference his fictional sea-captain hero, Jack Aubrey, being subtitled instead as "Life in Nelson's Navy". This references the historically factual navy that O'Brian uses as a backdrop for the exploits of his fictional characters [...]

    9. Haven't read any of O'Brian's fiction yet, but I can already tell he knows his way around a story. He has an easy, narrative style even as he lays out the minutia of the ships, the sails, the officers, the seamen, the guns, the watches, etc. He obviously has such expertise and passion for this period, and I was impressed by what detail he's able to pick out of the art selections. It's worth just paging through this book for the art and the anecdotes in the captions. I read straight through this [...]

    10. The way the author brought you back into the time period by making up a character on the spot and bring you through the journey of him becoming a member of the ship was really cool and fun to read. He also wrote about the advantages and disadvantages of the French and British ships. He told the reader about what the weapons were but also about how they were used and what purposes. He also explained the similarities and differences of the ships and maneuverability. The book was so fascinating in [...]

    11. I've had this book for a while, to look at and get a better idea about the wonderful details in O'Brian's Aubrey/maturin series. This was a very helpful, but still entertaining guide to the major ideas of the books - the ships themselves, types, sails,gunnery; the officers and men, ranks, duties; the typical day;The illustrations and diagrams really added to the book, and O'Brian used them effectively, pointing out different things in the same painting.The only drawback is remembering O'Brian is [...]

    12. Patrick O'Brian is famous for his Aubrey and Maturin adventures set during the Napoleonic Wars. One of the hallmarks of his books is historical accuracy, and this, really should call it a booklet, is an example of the care and depth of his research into the British navy. As a little bit of a history buff I appreciate his research, and it added a little more understanding and appreciation for other (Stuart and Forrester) British naval fiction I have read. I think I can now remember where the orlo [...]

    13. I came across this slim volume (91 pages, text) in a used bookstore quite by chance. It's a collection of essays about life at sea during the "golden age" of the British navy (say, 1750-1850): "The Ships", "The Guns", "The Ship's Company", "Life at Sea" and "Songs". It's by no means a comprehensive history but for fans of Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin who don't want to or haven't the time to read weightier tomes, it's a delightful companion to the series.I'm always amazed by the conditions thes [...]

    14. Men of War: LIfe in Nelson’s Navy Overall this book was pretty good except it wasn’t really a story. It was more of a descriptional book that explained what it was like to be in the navy in the 1800’s. The book explained famous historical scenes throughout the book and it showed the weapons they used, and how the ships were made explaining what ships were first class, second class, and third class. The book also has brief pictures of battles, ships, and equipment. The author should of adde [...]

    15. This slim volume goes a long way in explaining how the Royal Navy operated during the time period. Not entirely necessary in order to enjoy the Aubrey-Maturin novels, but certainly gives a greater understanding and enhances the pleasure.

    16. A useful little primer for any reader interested in books about the age of fighting sail. It will introduce the reader to the routine of sailing in that era and to some of the terminology but not a great deal beyond that.

    17. This is a short account of the Royal Navy of Nelson, and other famous and not so famous British seamen. It provides concise historical background for Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, and the detailed illustrations are particularly interesting and helpful.

    18. Patrick O'Brian's obvious enthusiasm for the details of the Napoleonic-era Royal Navy is positively infectious - it's a shame that the book wasn't a little longer or in-depth, but as a starter for learning about the period, it's very informative.

    19. Good if you really, really want a quick synopsis of the Royal Navy. For what's essentially a little historical pamphlet, it's quite well written.

    20. After reading so many naval historical fiction books, it's nice to have this one to refer to when all the terminology gets confusing!

    21. Nice little book on the Nelson-era navy. Not exhaustive by any means, but would be a good companion for the person just venturing into the Aubrey novels.

    22. A very short, but informative, explanation of what life was like in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

    23. This is great if you're just embarking on the Aubreyiad.This is boring with scant new information if you've read a lot of them. Sort of like a kid's book.

    24. A nice and concise overview of the British navy during the Napoleonic wars, perfect as an accompaniment to the Master and Commander series, which was authored by the same genius.

    25. Easy to read, however the print is small. Very interesting if you want to know what happened aboard ship during the late 18th century. Nice drawings and photos.

    26. A look at the life of the sailors of the King's navy. Very interesting place to start reading about it.

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