History Literature / AubreyMaturin

31st Jan '16 8:59:45 AM Morgenthaler
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For film examples, go to ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld''.
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For film examples, go to ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld''. ''Film/MasterAndCommander''.
6th Nov '15 12:06:21 PM Berrenta
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Trope is IUEO. Critics don't count as such.
* GoodIsBoring: Famously averted--several critics have pointed to O'Brian as one of the few major authors (along with Jane Austen) to make human virtue not merely admirable, but consistently ''interesting.''
20th Sep '15 5:10:55 PM nombretomado
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Twenty-book series written by [[FakeIrish pseudo-Irish]] author Patrick O'Brian (born Richard Patrick Russ). The series takes place during the Napoleonic Wars, following the adventures of an English naval captain, Jack Aubrey, and his surgeon and particular friend, Stephen Maturin, who also works for Naval Intelligence. O'Brian also wrote the first couple of chapters of a 21st book before his death, which have since been published, along with his notes about what happened afterward.
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Twenty-book series written by [[FakeIrish pseudo-Irish]] author Patrick O'Brian (born Richard Patrick Russ). The series takes place during the Napoleonic Wars, UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars, following the adventures of an English naval captain, Jack Aubrey, and his surgeon and particular friend, Stephen Maturin, who also works for Naval Intelligence. O'Brian also wrote the first couple of chapters of a 21st book before his death, which have since been published, along with his notes about what happened afterward.

* NavalBlockade: The British blockade of France during the NapoleonicWars and North America during the WarOf1812 are shown, unusually, from the perspective of the blockaders. As the weather is terrible, the ships spend a long time at sea without any interesting port calls, there's little chance for loot and glory, and the hygiene and comfort of a sailing ship are what we would expect from WoodenShipsAndIronMen, the duty is understandably highly unpopular among both officers and crew.
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* NavalBlockade: The British blockade of France during the NapoleonicWars UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars and North America during the WarOf1812 are shown, unusually, from the perspective of the blockaders. As the weather is terrible, the ships spend a long time at sea without any interesting port calls, there's little chance for loot and glory, and the hygiene and comfort of a sailing ship are what we would expect from WoodenShipsAndIronMen, the duty is understandably highly unpopular among both officers and crew.
20th Sep '15 12:32:16 PM karstovich2
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The series was adapted into a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, ''[[Film/MasterAndCommander Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World]]'', which was intended to become the first installment in [[StillbornFranchise a series of films]]. Several books, among them ''Master and Commander'' and ''The Far Side of the World'', were used as inspiration for the film.
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The series was adapted into a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, ''[[Film/MasterAndCommander Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World]]'', which was intended to become the first installment in [[StillbornFranchise a series of films]].films]] (one critic, ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers The Atlantic]]''[='s=] Christopher Orr, [[http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/the-next-great-tv-show-if-only-someone-will-make-it/403837/ has argued rather persuasively]] that it should be turned instead into a ''Series/GameOfThrones''-like HBO-style cable TV series). Several books, among them ''Master and Commander'' and ''The Far Side of the World'', were used as inspiration for the film.
14th Sep '15 7:02:27 PM CrimsonDalekanium
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**Also an example with "Awkward" Davies, a very large, violent, and impulsive sailor (who always follows Jack, whatever his command) that manages to actually sink a boat by shoving off from the gunwale with his foot.
22nd Jun '15 3:19:43 PM MarkLungo
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* TheLongitudeProblem: Shows up occasionally ([[ShownTheirWork as to be expected]] in a book with its setting), usually when one of the ship's clocks has some kind of breakdown and makes navigation very difficult. Watches and clocks are rightly shown as being extremely important for any maritime venture, [[ClockKing though not only for navigation.]]
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* TheLongitudeProblem: UsefulNotes/TheLongitudeProblem: Shows up occasionally ([[ShownTheirWork as to be expected]] in a book with its setting), usually when one of the ship's clocks has some kind of breakdown and makes navigation very difficult. Watches and clocks are rightly shown as being extremely important for any maritime venture, [[ClockKing though not only for navigation.]]

* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: alluded to in ''The Letter of Marque'', after Jack is framed for stock fraud. Mrs. Williams doesn't think for a moment that he's innocent, but she thoroughly approves of what she thinks he did (i.e., defraud the stock market of potentially thousands of pounds).
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* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: alluded Alluded to in ''The Letter of Marque'', after Jack is framed for stock fraud. Mrs. Williams doesn't think for a moment that he's innocent, but she thoroughly approves of what she thinks he did (i.e., defraud the stock market of potentially thousands of pounds). pounds).
28th May '15 4:21:09 AM jormis29
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* HandOfGlory: In ''The Hundred Days'', Dr. Maturin is given a hand by a fellow physician that exhibits [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dupuytren%27s_contracture palmar aponeurosis]] to the point that the fingers are bent inwards and the fingernails growing through the flesh of the palm. The superstitious crew believe that it is a Hand of Glory and that it is a GoodLuckCharm making them upset when the dog eats it.
13th May '15 9:35:12 AM Prioris
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--> "------ old Harte, ------ old Harte, that red-faced son of a blue French fart..." It's strongly implied that this is [[NarrativeProfanityFilter the only verse clean enough for print.]]
28th Mar '15 11:20:37 AM StFan
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Not a trope.
* NauticalFolklore: All over the place, particularly among the foremast hands, but Maturin is often dismayed by how much of it Aubrey seems to take seriously.
10th Feb '15 3:04:14 PM Prioris
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* CampFollower: Where sailors are, whores will be. * TheCaptain: Jack is the example ''par excellance'', but the series explores in close detail how the authority of a captain can bring negative character traits to the fore; as a result, there are plenty of successful captains, and plenty of unsuccessful ones.
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* CampFollower: Where sailors are, whores will be. be. Part of any ship's preparations for sea involves kicking all the sailors' stowaway ladies off the ship (and it's always at least a shore-boat full of them). * TheCaptain: Jack is the example ''par excellance'', excellence'', but the series explores in close detail how the authority of a captain can bring negative character traits to the fore; as a result, there are plenty of successful captains, and plenty of unsuccessful ones.

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* CampFollower: Where sailors are, whores will be. * TheCaptain: Jack is WhatAPieceOfJunk: ''HMS Sophie'' in the example ''par excellance'', first book. She's actually a brig (a two-masted coastal patrol vessel), but officially listed as a three-masted frigate due to social promotion - brigs were considered lieutenants' commands, so rather than demote the series explores in close detail how commander, the authority Navy promoted the ship. That becomes a problem when she's expected to handle the duties of a captain can bring negative character traits to vessel her rating. She's old, leaky, slow before the fore; as wind, slower in turning, has a result, there are plenty pittance of successful captains, a broadside and plenty even less chase armament, and her crew is both woefully understrength and composed of unsuccessful ones.an equal mix of [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores total lubbers, press-ganged felons and near-senile old salts.]] Through a mix of clever naval engineering and just-as-clever social engineering, Aubrey manages to turn her into an absolutely deadly commerce raider anyway.
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