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The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels (Anglais) Relié – 26 novembre 2004

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Par amri le 1 janvier 2011
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Cadeau qui a beaucoup plu.
Je recommande cet ouvrage pour les férus d'histoire et qui entendent encore leurs voix d'enfant !.
Expédition rapide, reçu avant la fin du délai annoncé.
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HASH(0x9c4de600) étoiles sur 5 Great novels in a fine format, but BEWARE OF BAD EDITING 24 décembre 2004
Par R L Rodolfo-Sioson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Ardent fans of Patrick O'Brian know that he is one of the best kept secrets of English literature. His ability to project the complex, at times contradictory inner life of his characters -- and Aubrey and Maturin are certainly among the most fascinating ever to be inked upon paper -- allow this 20-novel cycle to transcend the usual narrow focus of the Traditional Sea Novel. O'Brian is not content with narratives merely devoted to warfare or adventure (although there's plenty to be had here): he also delights in portraying the conventions of English society, the developments in early 19th-century science (through Maturin's incessant experimentation), and various scenes of amateur music-making.

An omnibus edition of the series is a welcome notion, given the shelf space required by 20 volumes (even in paperback)! While I am no connoisseur of typefaces, the font used in re-setting the text is 'cleaner' and more attractive than the one used previously -- which is extremely important if you plan to traverse the 6500-plus pages of the omnibus edition!

But I have a major reservation with Norton's omnibus edition: there is little evidence that the publishers bothered to proofread their newly re-set text. Not only are there the usual, minor misspellings (like 'sorpething' instead of 'something'), but some far more problematic ones -- the kind that leave you with the nagging feeling: "surely O'Brian didn't write that." My favorite (so far) is in Book Two (Post Captain), which describes Canning's "great delighted laugh, a crowing noise that rose from a deep ass..." (see page 738). Checking the text of the previous hardback and paperback edition confirmed that O'Brian referred to Canning's vocal range ("bass"), not his nether regions.

Another serious problem with the omnibus text is the recurring omission of paragraph breaks used to mark alternating voices. Including more than one speaker within the same paragraph makes for some very confusing, even misleading passages. One should know that Norton's previous editions laid out the dialogue much more clearly (and consistently).

So, in a certain sense, this new edition is probably not the best introduction to O'Brian's multi-volume masterpiece. Newcomers should, if possible, go back to the previous edition which, after all, is still in print. Cheaper too, if you don't mind getting paperbacks.
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HASH(0x9c818468) étoiles sur 5 A Living Work of Genius Assassinated 21 mai 2006
Par Ted Insul - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Norton's compilation of O'Brian's masterly Aubrey/Maturin novels is an affront to every O'Brian fan, every reader or writer of good English, and every publisher of integrity and worth. This set of volumes is a sad example of publishing for profit with no thought to quality.

What passed for galleys were obviously scanned and digitized by a pack of non-caring, barely English-speaking pinchpennies. It is obvious that little or no effort was made to proof pages once the scanners had done their worst, turning words like "home" into "horne" and phrases like "not sail or spar" into "not sailor spar." Almost every page is sprinkled with nonsensical punctuation, the obvious and predictable result of detritus that any self-respecting digitizer would have cleaned from equipment or copy before beginning each scan. Worse, paragraphs are wrongly divided, so that O'Brian's lively dialogue becomes difficult -- at times impossible -- to follow.

In their original form, O'Brian's finely crafted phrases read as if one were hearing a tale spoken aloud by a master storyteller. In Norton's compilation, O'Brian's magic is turned to clunkery at best and gibberish at worst.

O'Brian is a genius. Read his work. But not in this edition. If you know people who work at Norton, teach your dog to lift his leg on their shoes.
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HASH(0x9c863f48) étoiles sur 5 Typographical eye-strain 5 décembre 2004
Par Chili - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I'll rate this collection at three stars because the story is amazing. The books appear to be well constructed and solid. I'm convinced they will last longer than I will! However, the appalling amount of typographical errors is really annoying! Just about the time I get myself thoroughly transported through time to another world my eye skips over another typo and trips my suspension of disbelief. I've only read through the first two volumes of this set and I can't even begin to count the glaring errors. I certainly hope the publishers will re-issue this set of books after some careful editing.
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HASH(0x9c4b93e4) étoiles sur 5 Classic Novels in Disappointing Edition 14 juin 2006
Par Carole Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I guess the $110 price tag made me assume these would be a finer quality product. The novels themselves are my all-time favorites, but they are more enjoyable in the trade paperback editions or in their previous hardcover format (admittedly more expensive if bought as a set). As mentioned in other reviews, this particular edition suffers from extremely distracting, pervasive editing problems. I honestly believe the computer scanned the works in, and no human ever took a look at it. These are over the top, blatant errors that seem as if they would be caught by any copy editor. In the tradition of another reviewer, here's another cringeworthy editing stumble: from Desolation Island, p. 1829, Mrs. Wogan says "I yearn for fur, a deep, deep bed of fur, and a fur nightgown tool!" Hmm. Additionally, the pages are so thin, you can see the print on the other side of the page. The covers of the books themselves are so flexible; it is almost like reading a paperback. His dedications are not included (I know that's minor, but I'm a big fan!). The physical aspects don't matter anywhere near as much as I resent reading PO'B's words all jumbled together or with commas instead of periods half the time. I like that they're all in one set, but I would rather have paid more to get a nicer edition. Maybe that's their marketing strategy. I hope that they come out with a better edition! This one is destined for eBay.
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HASH(0x9c5cfd50) étoiles sur 5 An Insult to O'Brian's Fine Books 6 août 2006
Par M. Thornburg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
In the essay on Patrick O'Brian to be found on its website, the W.W. Norton Company comments upon O'Brian's rare civility in dealings with his publisher. Certainly Norton has repaid him with an incivility perhaps even more rare by subjecting his great work, now that he is dead and unable to protest, to an editor who obviously neither reads nor understands English. Other reviewers here have enumerated the kinds of error that make almost every other page of The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels difficult, sometimes impossible, for a close, careful and experienced reader to decipher and will certainly leave young, less experienced readers baffled and ultimately disgusted with the works themselves. I wish only to suggest, to anyone wanting to read these novels for the first or second or hundredth time, or to give them as a gift, that he or she find another edition and avoid this one. And to suggest, also, that whoever at Norton wrote, in the O'Brian article on that website, that his publishers were sorry they would not be seeing him again, should reconsider that statement. His publishers ought to be very, very glad to be beyond the man's reach after having offered him this appalling insult.
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