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The Road to Samarcand

Post by Astrodene on Fri 12 Sep 2008, 09:12

This book by Patrick O'Brian has been released with a cover that matches the Aubrey ones with a sailing ship on the front. Earlier prints had land based pictures on them. I think the early chapters may be sea based and involve surviving a typhoon but from what I've read I think it is mainly a land based treasure hunt. I think the cover may be a ploy to entice Aubrey fans to buy this one.

I'm not going to include this one for the time being. Anyone read it or got a view?


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Post by Alaric Bond on Fri 12 Sep 2008, 13:25

It seems right, not to include it, and shame on the publishers for "cashing in" - they should never have published the last unfinished and certainly unpolished, Aubrey tale.

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Post by Aeneas7c on Tue 26 May 2009, 22:30

Borrelpeff wrote:It seems right, not to include it, and shame on the publishers for "cashing in" - they should never have published the last unfinished and certainly unpolished, Aubrey tale.

I have to agree with that verdict on '21'. O'Brian worked (like most authors) by a process of writing and then revision, often several revisions. Clearly, what was published is a first draft, and half-finished at that.

I haven't read any of POBs work outside of the Aubrey/Maturin cycle, but fully intend to check out this one and the others.
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Re: The Road to Samarcand

Post by Alaric Bond on Wed 27 May 2009, 08:22

Hello, Aeneas7c

You may find Dean King's biography of POB of interest. Although unauthorised (it tells, at times, a rather sad story), I feel it to be accurate and King, well known for other nautical writing, certainly did a good deal of research into his subject.

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Patrick-OBrian-Revealed-Dean-King/dp/0340792566/ref=sr_1_62?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243408342&sr=1-62-1&tag=astrodene-21

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Re: The Road to Samarcand

Post by Parkman on Sat 28 Aug 2010, 01:21

The Road to Samarcand is a fine novel and I would happily let a child read it. The main character is a child. It is not, however, HNF. At one point the heroes make an escape in a helicopter!

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