September #Bookadayuk – Day 19

Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brian


At first I thought, but I haven’t read any ‘seafaring’ novels other than a handful of childhood favourites; namely Swallows and Amazons (it’s kind of ‘seafaring’), Moominpappa at Sea, and Treasure Island.

I haven’t read Moby Dick, or Robinson Crusoe even though they’re both on my shelves at home, so couldn’t pick them. Then I remembered reading The Old Man and the Sea at school. My introduction to Hemingway, but to be honest, it’s more of a short story than a novel.

So I’ve chosen Master and Commander which I read fairly recently on the recommendation of my father in law. And it was excellent. I got a bit bogged down with all the nautical terms and the many different sails and ropes, but the descriptions of life at sea and what it must have been like for the men on the ship were fantastic.

And I loved the two main characters, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin (contenders for my favourite literary friendship).