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Slow and tedious
on 20 February 2014
I started reading this series of books after watching the Master and Commander film expecting that they would be, as books often are, better than the film.Sadly I don't now think this is so. O'Brian gets himself and the reader lost is archaic language for the sake of it to the point where this is far more important than maintaining the plot. I am finding the books boring. Having read such masters of the genre as Nicholas Monsarrat, C S Forrester and Alexander Kent I find these books fail to thrill in quite the same way. They have made me realise though that the writers of the screen play and the film director of Master and Commander did a remarkable job of creating viable three dimensional characters and scenarios from these 2 dimensional works.
I shall endeavour to complete reading the books in the hope that they may get better however it will be as and when they become available from the public library as I do not intend spending any more money in buying them.