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I have read a few, including:


  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  • The Sea Wolf. Jack London
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway
  • Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
  • The Nigger of Narcissus, Joseph Conrad
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  • Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  • Aubrey-Maturin series, Patrick o' Brian
  • Hornblower series 1-5, C.S. Forester


Moby Dick was the best, although it is very long, with frequent digressions into all things cetological, for instance, whether a whale is an animal or a fish.


I am currently half way through the Hornblower series. C.S. Forester started his first book with Horatio Hornblower already a post captain of a ship. He made the same mistake as Patrick o' Brian after him. He set the first book too late in the Napoleonic Wars and ran out of war, but then Forester went back to the beginning of Hornblower's career.


Captain Ahab hunted whales; Wolf Larson (Sea Wolf) hunted seals; the old man caught big fish; Kurtz collected ivory; Robinson Crusoe was on a mission to buy slaves; Jim tried to escape his shame;  James Waite just tried to stay alive, while Captains Aubrey and Hornblower fought French, Spanish and Dutch men-of-war all over the high seas.


Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Edited by KEV67

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