I read this book about 15-Mar-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2000. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Dec-2002 16:27:17 PST.
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This is an "unauthorized" biography, the only kind really worth reading. Well, if "authorization" is an issue, there are probably problems either way. Autobiographies are also very interesting.
Okay, he wasn't born in Ireland, and his name wasn't originally O'Brian. I think changing names used to be more common than it is now, but maybe I just don't know how often people do it now. (Aside from women changing names on marriage).
I think I'm getting the most interest out of the general information on the era, rather than from the specific information about Patrick O'Brian. Anyway, I'm enjyoing reading it.
I was struck by some alleged similarities between O'Brian and Heinlein late in their personal lives—a certain sort of arrogance and self-centeredness was perceived by some people.