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Nautical Fiction

Redigeret: jul 12, 11:14 am

Currently reading this nautical fiction:

Robert M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island
Josephine Bell, The Port of London Murders
Joseph Conrad, Youth: A Narrative, and Two Other Stories
J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet
Venyamin Kaverin, Two Captains
Neil Munro, Para Handy: The Complete Collected Stories
Mike Pell, S.S. Utah
Russell Thorndike, Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh
Jules Verne, Islands on Fire (tr. Chris Amies)

aug 1, 10:12 am

Not all of Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires are science-fictional in nature; many are straight adventures, such as The Archipelago on Fire aka Islands on Fire, about the Greek War of Independence, which I am reading in the excellent new translation by Chris Amies. As always with Verne, there is a lot of factuality, specifically geography, and I am really brushing up on my Greek islands, let me tell you. Quiz me on the Cyclades versus the Sporades, I’m ready.

Recent decades have been good ones for English-reading Verne fans, with many untranslated works appearing for the first time, and new authoritative translations of the more famous works replacing older abridged, expurgated, or inaccurate ones. There are some of the novels, though, that you have to dig up in the old 19th Century versions because that is still all that exists. But Verne was prolific, we are lucky to now have just about everything in English, one way or another.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea was the first adult novel I ever read, in the summer between second and third grades. I became such a Verne fanatic that my mom special-ordered I.O. Evans’ Jules Verne and His Work for me, since our town library didn’t have it.

aug 1, 2:03 pm

I became a fan of nautical fiction through Patrick O'Brian (not the first, I know). I'm still working my way through the Aubrey-Maturin novels, but I've read a few other nautical stories since then, and confirmed I'll venture further abroad once finishing. And I know for certain I'll basically have Aubrey-Maturin on permanent rotation the remainder of my reading life.

That said, the list above in >1 PatrickMurtha: is largely unknown to me. I'm familiar with both Moonfleet and the Conrad, but have read neither.

A recent novel I found impressive was The North Water. Recommended, and challenging, but "enjoyable" only at the sentence level.

Redigeret: aug 2, 9:22 pm

^ I have Master and Commander ready to go; been meaning to get to it for years. Loved the movie.

Moonfleet is tremendous good fun. It has obvious affinities with Stevenson’s Kidnapped, which had appeared a dozen years earlier (1898 / 1886); but just as much with Blackmore’s Lorna Doone. The young narrators of Moonfleet and Lorna Doone, both named John, have very similar “voices”.