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Tuesday, 26 February 2008



Dean this is the coolest quote I have seen in this game - very deep I love it.

Thanks for playing!

Also I note from your booklist that you like Patrick O'Brian. I am just embarking on the third and love them - I need a dictionary of Napoleonic naval terms though.

Dean Ayres

Thanks, David. It's no surprise that it's a great quote; de Botton has a rare talent for writing dense prose that is also very readable. Every page is eminently quotable.

O'Brian's books are thoroughly compelling. I love the way they create a richly textured world. He writes wonderfully about the community on board ship, is tantalising in his descriptions of intelligence work, and staggering in the breadth of medicine and natural history the books include. I picked up the O'Brian bug from Andrew, whom I tagged above. He's vicar of the church where I was curate, and I he talked about these books a fair amount. I resisted reading them until this he wrote this blog post; http://tinyurl.com/3aywst.

You're right that these books need a dictionary of naval terms (though I doubt Aubrey would agree to calling it 'Napoleonic'!), and A Sea of Words (http://tinyurl.com/33agu9) fits the bill perfectly. It's a lexicon of all the words used in the books.

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