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Patrick O'Brian discussion

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Patrick O'Brian discussion

Post by Astrodene on Fri 22 Aug 2008, 19:20

When I first started to read this series many years ago I found it a bit hard going Wink so I never re-read them or purchased the later ones in the series. Can't even find them in the loft now. The film renewed my interest so I purchased and read 'The Far Side of the World'. Now I've put the others on my wish list.


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Re: Patrick O'Brian discussion

Post by johnk on Thu 17 Sep 2009, 06:19

Has anyone put together a list of which novels in the series were raided for plot elements in the movie? I think it was three or four at least. If there's ever a sequel - and they seem to have left lots of room for this - that mining "of the good stuff" may prove awkward. Also, is it just me, or does it seem that Master Henry Southwick is visiting from the Ramage series? Sort of the cinematic equivalent of a Ffordean pagerunner, maybe? Or maybe he enrolled in the Character Exchange Program?

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Re: Patrick O'Brian discussion

Post by Astrodene on Thu 17 Sep 2009, 10:32

@johnk wrote: If there's ever a sequel ............
Have a look at this thread https://www.historicnavalfiction.net/the-master-s-log-f30/master-commander-sequel-t443.htm

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Re: Patrick O'Brian discussion

Post by reb01501 on Thu 17 Sep 2009, 14:16

I believe these novels were mined for its plot:
Master And Commander
Far Side of the World
HMS Surprise (Maturin's self-operation)
Desolation Island (the stern chase around the Horn)

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Re: Patrick O'Brian discussion

Post by Auntie Pam on Sat 24 Apr 2010, 17:13

Wikipedia has a good article on the movie, and the changes and additions from the novels. I watched the movie after reading just the first book and was worried that I'd be spoiled for the books. I wasn't, and it's a relief to know that some of the things that happened in the movie don't happen at all in the books (the sacrifice of Warley, for example).

I'm kicking myself for not buying the special edition of the DVD. The one I have doesn't include the extra features, darn it!

I just discovered the books a few months ago. I've read the first 11 and look forward to reading the rest of them. I'm really glad I didn't find them until they'd all been written, because it seems that each one ends with something of a cliffhanger.

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Re: Patrick O'Brian discussion

Post by ronbo477 on Mon 29 Nov 2010, 16:11

It seems O Brian used Lord Cochrane career as the basis of his novels.

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Re: Patrick O'Brian discussion

Post by Joolz on Wed 13 Jul 2011, 15:42

@ronbo477 wrote: It seems O Brian used Lord Cochrane career as the basis of his novels.
I would agree he used Cochrane as a starting point. There are clear similarities [his cruises in book 1 and the later trial episode etc], but IMO Aubrey quickly becomes his own man.
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Life Of O'Brian

Post by Joolz on Fri 25 May 2012, 16:53

A few days ago I noticed on the front page of This Website, a notice that Dean King's biography of Patrick O'Brian has now been re-issued as an ebook. It was a timely reminder to re-read it. For anyone interested in the man behind the words, this book is a must, though it's a pity that O'Brian refused to cooperate. His background is far more interesting than you might expect.
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Re: Patrick O'Brian discussion

Post by 80 Winters on Wed 12 Dec 2012, 01:18

An today, December 12th (1914) would be your birthday.....'Richard Patrick Russ'. May you rest in 'Fiddler's Green' forever.

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