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Lubbers all...

...more on the real Patrick O'Brian, not the fiction that he passed off as life.

Me, I'm glad he created his own life. It's a message for all of us, caught up in our myriad drab humdrum existences...

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zotz
Aug. 17th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
Absolutely. And it says more for his ability as a writer that he wasn't an experienced sailor too.
john_d_owen
Aug. 17th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
Well, he was obviously good enough at faking it to fool the author of that piece, Tom Perkins, who invited him on the cruise because he was a big fan of the books. Perkins is an experienced sailor, and plainly didn't find fault with the books before he had O'Brian on board. Kind of makes a bit of a mockery of that hoary old advice all neo-writers are given, doesn't it? I mean, "write what you know about" would have buggered old Patrick up no end, wouldn't it? More like "write what you think you can get away with, and do it with style"!
moral_vacuum
Aug. 18th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
"Write what you know" is advice given to (or by) bad writers...
burkesworks
Aug. 18th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)
At least Patrick O'Brian could sound plausible, and was able to tell a rattling good story.
Now people like Jeffrey Archer on the other hand....
vicarage
Aug. 19th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
None of the Napoleonic naval authors did much sailing. CSF, Pope and Reeman all have very limited nautical experience, and that was on steamers.
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