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A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian (English Edition) von [King, Dean, Hattendorf, John B.]
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A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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"To any disoriented lubber who needs to take a quick bearing on Aubrey's world of staysails and sternposts, it will be a useful compass."--"The Economist"
"Dean King's lexicon will charm cultists."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"An outstandingly useful passkey to the wooden world of Britain's Royal Navy in the great age of sail."--"Sea History"
"A gem of a book."--"Minneapolis Star Tribune"


To any disoriented lubber who needs to take a quick bearing on Aubrey's world of staysails and sternposts, it will be a useful compass. "The Economist"

Dean King's lexicon will charm cultists. "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

An outstandingly useful passkey to the wooden world of Britain's Royal Navy in the great age of sail. "Sea History"

A gem of a book. "Minneapolis Star Tribune""

Kurzbeschreibung

From ablation to Zelenka—a comprehensive guide to seafaring during the Napoleonic age

What is a sand-grouse, and where does it live? What are the medical properties of lignum vitae, and how did Stephen Maturin use it to repair his viola? Who is Admiral Lord Keith, and why is his wife so friendly with Captain Jack Aubrey?
 
More than any other contemporary author, Patrick O’Brian knew the past. His twenty Aubrey–Maturin novels, beginning with 1969’s Master and Commander, are distinguished by deep characterization, heart-stopping naval combat, and an attention to detail that enriches and enlivens his stories. In this revised edition of A Sea of Words, Dean King and his collaborators dive into Jack Aubrey’s world. In addition to their invaluable glossary, the authors provide essays on the age’s politics, naval medicine, and the many ships that Jack Aubrey sailed, sighted, and fought against. For both the curious fan and the O’Brian aficionado, A Sea of Words is an invaluable tome on the British Royal Navy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7297 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 15 Seiten
  • Verlag: Open Road Media; Auflage: 1 (20. März 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007DFUQ72
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen 9 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #333.756 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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As one-stop shopping for references to obscurities in the Aubrey/Maturin series, the book mostly succeeds. The information presented is mostly accurate, usually complete enough to satisfy the reader, and fairly well presented.
Unfortunately, the second edition paperback I possess contained an annoyingly large number of typos and was sloppily edited and proofed (the book's practice of distinguishing names of persons, of terms cross-referenced, etc., seems to have caused fair amount of trouble).
Also, while certainly any book of this sort must circumscribe its ambition somewhat, readers seeking a truly comprehensive vade mecum will be disappointed in the paucity of geographical references. I would not impute mercenary motives to Mr. King or his publisher, but it seems to me that at least some explanation of the locations referred to in the novels might have been provided without harming the potential sale of "Harbors and High Seas" or making this volume impossibly large, and would have made this an even more useful and comprehensive resource.
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If you're the kind of person who finds joy in reading about language and colloquialisms of the past, this is a great book. It also contains a fair amount of background on many of the historical (real) characters from the Aubrey/Maturin books, as well as many geographic locations visited from the novels. A brief chronology of the wars during the age of sail (Napoleonic, War of 1812, etc) is quite useful. I'm also fairly impressed with its completeness with the obviously strange ones - "Drowned Baby", for instance. (It's a dessert.) You don't need it to understand the language of O'Brian's books, but you'll probably have more fun if you bring "A Sea of Words" along for the ride.
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I found this to be a quite useful book, but I must note that pages 138 - 168 in my copy are duplicates of pages 297 - 327, and the former pages are not included at all. I have no idea how many copies this may have happened to (nor am I likely to learn, at least from this book, who Adm. Cornwallis was, nor what a dead-eye might be). As to the book itself, it is a very passable reference work, though I might have wished for more maps (Spithead and Torbay, etc.) and descriptions of battles with proper diagrams showing ship positions and rigging.
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Von Aga am 19. Februar 2007
Format: Taschenbuch
Wer die Aubrey/Maturin Romane -sei es auf Deutsch oder Englisch- verstehen will sollte sich dieses Buch zulegen.

Es erklärt alle möglichen Fachausdrücke aber auch viele andere Dinge der damaligen Zeit.

Ergänzt um Karten, Zeichnungen, französischen Phrasen ist es ein Schatz, der das Lesen der Serie in eine andere Dimension hebt.
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Readers who want to know everything there is about everything there is in the Aubrey/Maturin series will treasure this book. It isn't simply a glossary of seafaring terms, but provides bios of the more important naval figures of the time, the flora and fauna of Maturin's interests, geographical places encountered, some of which no longer bear the names of those times . . . In short, A Sea of Words describes just about everything in O'Brian's seafaring tales we're not likely to know.
What is this bark that Stephen dispenses for certain ailments? Why, the bark of the Chinchona tree -- it contains quinine, says A Sea of Words, while also describing the many other medical terms he slings around.
Jack attempts several times to give Stephen a grasp of the weather-gage, as it relates to ships in battle, but never so clearly as Dean King's description, which includes both the advantages of the weather- and lee-gages.
It's all here, and even if one had the encyclopedias and all the other essential references needed, which I seriously doubt would be found even in a big-city library, why go shopping when one book will do?
For those sorely needed maps, get Harbors & High Seas by King and Hattendorf, and you're all set.
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