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Master and commander

by Patrick O'Brian

  Print book : Fiction

From a Future Sailor   (2010-04-27)

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by AlexaWard

Master and Commander was an easy book to get into. The characters, specifically Captain Aubrey, are described in such detail that I often found myself laughing at the captain's exuberance, trying to help the doctor understand nautical terms, and trying to relate to the various crew members as if I were among them. For the characters alone, I highly recommend this book, especially for those who are about to enter a leadership position.

However, the language of the book is difficult to understand if you don't have access to nautical terminology, or have a deep interest in things pertaining to the history of the sea. There are many phrases in the first few chapters that I believe important to the overall story line that were expressed in a very "salty" way, which I would not have gotten without my introduction to nautical phrases. 

Overall, the story is well worth the challenges of the language, and it is more easily overcome the second time around. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the sea and it's history (because even though it is fictional, the book is well-researched).

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