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Hollywood VS Patrick O'Brian
""Master and Commander:The Far Side of the World" versus Patrick O'Brian: although a beautiful, worthy, epic Hollywood adventure courtesy of Peter Weir, how faithfully are the author's characters portrayed in the film, and how much do you know about them?"
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According to your literary knowledge, which books concede the most significant plot value toward the movie "Master and Commander?"
Books One and Books Four
Books One and Book Ten
Books One and Books Two
Books One and Books Eleven
One would only be aware of the nature of the meeting between our two main characters, Captain Jack Aubrey and Doctor Stephen Maturin, if one had read the books. Therefore, one would be aware that the two had met through:
Stephen's need to make a living as a naval surgeon
Stephen's appointment as a naval surgeon aboard Jack's ship
Jack's involvement with the cousin of Stephen's future wife
a mutual interest in music
Following the "Hollywood Vs. Literature" theme, there is one quote that is used in the movie that is issued virtually "verbatim" from Patrick O'Brian's first novel. Whom does this quote concern?"
Horatio Lord Nelson, and his interaction with Jack Aubrey
Lord Blakeney, on questioning Jack as to the nature of Lord Nelson
Jack Aubrey, upon success at the Nile
Stephen Maturin, who objects to Aubrey's actions
Reasonably, we don't see evidence of this in the movie, but having read the book, we are to know that our dear doctor has a rather sordid habit. What would that habit be?
he smokes opium almost daily
he is fond of young men
he drinks laudanum in quantity to quiet the demons
he is an alcoholic, more so than life at sea prescribes
What most interesting fact about Dr. Maturin is the moviegoer unaware of, and that while the reader is clued in, Jack Aubrey does not even realize (at least, not at first)?
he is in fact not Irish
he is a spy for the crown
he never finished his medical training
he is actually a royal relative
Something happened to one of these characters in the movie that also happened to one Mr. Day in the book. Who was it?
able seaman Joe Plaice
If it hadn't been for Dr. Maturin, we might not have had a movie at all, as Jack would more than likely have expired where?
at Port Mahon, where he was almost involved in a duel with Admiral Harte
at sea, during the attack on the Cacafuego
extracting Jack from France at the resumption of war
at sea, of scurvy
If it hadn't been for Captain Aubrey, we might not have had a movie at all, for Stephen more than likely would have expired where?
in Port Mahon, being tortured as a suspected spy
in the sea, after falling in (he can't swim)
at sea, after a violent argument with a wicked midshipman
in France, when war is declared, and he must be smuggled out
Stephen and Jack once fully intended to settle their differences by fighting a duel. Stephen even borrowed a pair of pistols and practised his deadly aim. What was this duel over?
a woman, of course
Jack refused to allow Stephen to discontinue his service as ship's surgeon
Jack threatened to reveal Stephen's true identity
a violent disaggrement over politics
Just for fun, if you'd read the stories, there are two blatent physical differences concerning O'Brian's descriptions of Aubrey and Maturin and the Hollywood impression. In the books:
Stephen was shorter than Jack, and Jack was fat
Stephen was much more bulky, and Jack always wore a beard
Stephen was pale and blonde, Jack was dark haired
Stephen kept his hair long, and Jack kept his closely cropped
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Compiled Jun 28 12