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    Re: O'Brian vs Forester
    From: Steven Tripp
    Date: 2001 Jul 12, 7:14 PM

    On 7/13/01 7:39 AM, "nigel_gardner"  wrote:
    
    > The lighter side of lunars one might say.
    >
    > I was talking to a fellow in Beaufort NC a couple of months ago who thought
    > that Alexander Kent was more highly regarded in the US than O'Brian, being
    > pretty unsophisticated myself I enjoy them all.
    >
    >
    > NG
    >
    I just finished Blue at the Mizzen and was disappointed.  I had the feeling
    that O'Brian was not a sailor (which he was not), and his descriptions of
    maneuvering an unpowered ship were na�ve.
    
    He describes one ship dead in the doldrums while another approaches it
    (how?).  The two ships then move in tandem (with no wind!).  No sailor would
    write like this.
    
    Steve T.
    

       
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