Patrick O’Brian at Half Mast

I'm a big fan of Patrick O'Brian's seafaring Aubrey-Maturin novels—great stories, great writing. And you might think having devoured the lot I'd want to hurry and read the notes and half-text of the 21st in the series, found in his papers after his death and due to be published soon. But after reading about the manuscript and his condition when he wrote it, I don't think I'm going to rush to do that.

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One Response to Patrick O’Brian at Half Mast

  1. cafl says:

    I think even Blue at the Mizzen is not up to the standards of the earlier books. To me it seems rushed, as if he were trying to jam in all the points of his outline. before it’s too late. I agree that I wouldn’t be eager to read a partially-finished fragment.

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