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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Third Edition, Revised and Updated edition (Oct. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805066152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805066159
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith on Oct. 22 2002
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Subtitled "A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian," this is an absolutely marvelous book, the Third Edition of which includes references to all twenty of the Aubrey-Maturin novels. It scores high in the first test given any alphabetically organized reference book, viz., in looking up an entry, ... There's a wide variety of nautical jargon, period medical terminology, the characters' references to natural history and music, and the foreign words and phrases that crop up in the novels. O'Brian describes a large number of real personages, too, all of whom are succinctly biographed. There's also a pretty detailed timeline for the period 1793-1818, a narrative essay on the ins and outs of the Napoleonic wars, a most illuminating discussion of naval medicine and surgery in Maturin's day, and a nice series of period illustrations of ships and boats for those who can't tell a frigate from a corvette, nor a barge from a launch. This is definitely a book to keep at hand while you work your way through the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dremonda on March 25 2004
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This book is absolutely indispensible for the O'Brian fan. Not only is it full of nautical terms for all us poor lubbers, but it contains much more as well. Herein are descriptions of food, wine, medical terms, natural science, a few people, places, ships, and events, and even foreign phrases lifted right out of the Aubrey/Maturin books and translated for your convenience. It also contains a meaty chapter on the Royal Navy, another on medical science of the era (scary!) and a Napoleonic war timeline. All I could ask for is more illustrations and a chapter explaining the basics of sailing.
I've had this book at my elbow constantly since HMS Surprise (3rd in the series). You'll wonder how you ever got along without it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis Weir on Jan. 5 2006
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Wow, all I can say is wow. One of the finest glossaries of nautical and late 18th-early 19th century social terms that I have ever come across. The perfect compliment to the O'Brian series of books, especially if one is not familiar with naval terms of that time.
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When I started to read "Master and Commander", I was completely lost in the "sea of words", the nautical vocabulary. This book is an INVALUABLE resource when reading the O'Brian books.
This book has diagrams and charts and photos, explains naval medicine and other things, but it's best trait is the "a to z" dictionary of nautical terms and phrases used in the O'Brian books.
EXCELLENT!
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A good book to have along for the ride, when all those never-seen-before terms come up. And that doesn't include just the marine ones. He put in most of the medical terms along with that historical period's vernacular. Makes reading the Aubrey and Maturin series that much more enjoyable. Buy it, you'll be glad you did.
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While I somewhat enjoyed the task of deciphering and tracking down the myriad of specialized, arcane and obsolete words employed by Patrick O'Brian in his majestic Aubrey-Maturin series, the discovery of this book provided a much more concise and handy way of doing this.
O'Brian's vast vocabulary and vast knowledge of seagoing nomenclature as well as late 18th and early 19th century social mores is impressive. This book allows one to appreciate the level of scholarship applied by O'Brian. However, this is much more than a simple glossary. It includes short biographies of leading personages of the day, histories of important battles, diagrams of ships and rigging and geographical references.
While one can probably get along without this book; assuming one has access to a good dictionary, encyclopedia and other reference books, this tome certainly eases the task.
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I'd actually read all of the books before finding this gem, and now I can look forward to enjoying the O'Brian books all over again.
This book is full of definitions and descriptions of all sorts of things found in the Aubrey/Maturin stories. Don't understand weather gage, this book explains it. Have you always wondered what the heck they meant by sailing at so-and-so points to the wind, this book not only has a definition, but a diagram showing it to you.
This is a wonderful resource for old O'Brian readers as well as all you new ones out there. Well worth the investment.
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