Patrick O'Brian: A Life

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Patrick O'Brian: A Life

Patrick O Brian A Life In January Patrick O Brian died in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin Ireland Like his life O Brian s death was marked by secrecy and confusion sharpening the curiosity of his many readers who for

  • Title: Patrick O'Brian: A Life
  • Author: Dean King
  • ISBN: 9780756774332
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • In January 2000, Patrick O Brian died in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin, Ireland Like his life, O Brian s death was marked by secrecy and confusion, sharpening the curiosity of his many readers who for years have speculated about the man behind the beloved Aubery Maturin series of novels.Dean King at last unveils the story of Richard Patrick Russ, a writer and intellectualIn January 2000, Patrick O Brian died in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin, Ireland Like his life, O Brian s death was marked by secrecy and confusion, sharpening the curiosity of his many readers who for years have speculated about the man behind the beloved Aubery Maturin series of novels.Dean King at last unveils the story of Richard Patrick Russ, a writer and intellectual who emerged from the Second World War as Patrick O Brian, a persona created by his imagination and refined over decades To research this book, King crisscrossed Europe to speak to long lost relatives, friends, and colleagues of his famously reclusive subject now he has fashioned this wealth of information into a dramatic and compelling narrative As King meticulously examines the events of O Brian s life, he deepens and enriches our understanding and appreciation of O Brian s work.

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    One thought on “Patrick O'Brian: A Life

    1. Brett on said:

      When this book first was published, there immediately followed a dull roar of astonishment about some of the decisions O'Brian had made over the course of his life. I'd always felt that the author had imbued his two main characters with competing aspects of his own personality-I almost felt I knew him by 'knowing' his characters. What terrible things was I to discover? Is it true when they say 'You should never meet your heroes'? Honestly, there are no revelations in King's biography that overwh [...]

    2. Fr.Bill M on said:

      This book will be disturbing to those who love the Aubrey-Maturin sea-faring novels by Patrick O'Brian. I knew O'Brian was a cranky soul. This portrait tries hard to avoid making him into a thoroughly discreditable cad, but it doesn't really succeed. O'Brian comes off as selfish, pathologically vindictive and cruel, the sort of man whose tires you'd happily slash and whose dog you'd gladly poison once you had his measure.

    3. Duncan on said:

      I used to buy the Aubrey Maturin books as they were published, the day they were published, and often used my last dollar to do it. It was worth it. I waited a bit to read this biography, however, and read the reviews first. Most of the surprises and some of the revelations were not news to me, then. I'm afraid it didn't change my opinion of his writing nor of the man to learn that he was unhappy in his first marriage, that he preferred his second, and that his service during WWII was somewhat c [...]

    4. Simon on said:

      This is going to be fascinating reading - how much of it will be true I wonder! Well, it was a fascinating read, peeling back the layers of this complex and sensitive author. The biographer seems to paint him in a sympathetic light but without covering up his flaws as a human being. I probably wouldn't have liked to meet the author but my admiration for his writing remains undiminished. The best novelist of the twentieth century? Just maybe!

    5. Mike Hampson on said:

      Certainly interesting, especially in the first third or so, but I had hoped for more about what O'Brian did during the War, and more about how he wrote and researched the Aubrey/Maturin books. Given that he was obsessively private, however, I don't know that anyone could really learn much about those.

    6. Straker on said:

      Serviceable biography of the famed nautical novelist. O'Brian doesn't come across as a particularly nice man, but you could say that about a lot of noted artists. Still, you have to admire his tenacity, both in his personal life and his writing career.

    7. Steve on said:

      This is a straightforward biography of a complex secretive person. This book is fulfilling because it paints a portrait of one of my favorite authors; it is frustrating because O'Brian was such a private man. Well worth the read.

    8. Tiffin on said:

      Definitely only for die-hard fans of Patrick O'Brian. Even then there was a lot of skimming of the first half.

    9. Neil Coulter on said:

      This book was a motivation for me to finish reading the Aubrey/Maturin series. I'd started the biography before finishing the series but was surprised to be seeing so many spoilers about plot points in later books in the series. So I put the biography aside and went back to Aubrey/Maturin. I'm glad I did, because throughout the biography, Dean King reveals things from the later books in Aubrey/Maturin. I suppose this is necessary to a point, but it felt a little unfair to have to wait to read th [...]

    10. Nelson on said:

      Dissatisfying, and not because King discusses the now well-known facts of O'Brian's self-invention. Though King ferrets out a great deal of useful and interesting information about O'Brian, this is biography in the subjunctive. There is altogether too much 'must have' 'should have' 'could have' here. When King is not speculating about matters he cannot possibly be sure of, he is drawing links (many of them on the slenderest of evidence) between O'Brian's characters and O'Brian. King doggedly plo [...]

    11. Max on said:

      More enjoyable by far for its frequent recounting of the events of the Aubrey-Maturin books than for its ostensible subject, the life of the author Patrick O'Brian. This is no fault of Dean King's, although his prose is middling enough. King had very little to work with, since O'Brian refused to cooperate with the biography. King did uncover a lot of previously unknown and fairly shocking information about O'Brian, but the ultimate takeaway from this book is that a man can live a private life in [...]

    12. Caryatid on said:

      Interesting. Still some unanswered questions. Haven't read any books by the subject but do wonder how much of them were written by wife Mary, not that this nasty personality would have given her any credit.

    13. Alec on said:

      While it may have lacked a certain scholarly depth, this book was fantastically entertaining.

    14. Trin on said:

      Initial thoughts: judging from the interior photographs, the young O'Brian was kind of hot.What can I say, I'm deep.

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