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The Far Side of the World

By Patrick O’Brian

Going along with my love of sailing adventures (of  a historical nature).

Another Captain Jack Aubrey novel, with side kick Dr Maturin.   This is the 10th Aubrey-Maturin adventure.    Apparently, the Master and Commander film was based on the first, second and 10th novels.

This time, Captain Aubrey must take his ship into the Pacific Ocean, and apprehend an American warship that has been taking British whaling ships.

It went along swimmingly  for about 2/3 of the book … enough to keep me entertained, then it had a little diversion.    That diversion being the appearance of cannibalistic dusky maidens.   Possibly interesting, but I am not surinteresting necessary.   I suppose nothing much had been happening, and the author felt it needed a bit of a lift.

And perhaps it was because I had a rotten tummy bug, so felt a bit out of it, but I just didn’t get the ending.

Still worth reading if you like that sort of thing (like I do).    I’ll be borrowing the next one though, not buying it – mostly so I can find out what happened at the end of the 10th!   Easyread too.   Good for chilling out.