34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
An essential companion to the Aubrey/Maturin adventures.,
This review is from: A Sea of Words: Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales (Paperback)
I Have been completely hooked by the Aubrey/Maturin adventures and often baffled (but not baulked) by the sailing terminology used. I was desparate to find a reference work that would fill these gaps and help me to visualise the action. This book does this and more! It is a lexicon of the sailing terms used aboard a English man-o-war, plus a general lexicon of the everyday words used at the time, as well as the medical and natural history vocabulary used by Dr Maturin. It also includes line drawings of tall ships and other sailing ships, maps and essays. It not only is an invaulable reference work, it is tremendously enjoyable to flick through the pages browsing the lexicon in a "I always wondered what that meant" way. Stephen would have loved it!