Movies: But In The Book ...

O'Brian readers are legion and can be persnickety. So what are they going to think of the film? One sounds off:


--JACK AUBREY'S HAT. Though the books are set in a time when most officers of the Royal Navy wore their hats with peaks at front and back, Aubrey always wore his sideways, the old-fashioned way.

--KILLICK. Aubrey's steward is to the life: cantankerous, odd speech patterns and--nice touch--always serving toasted cheese to the duo before they play music.

--TREPANNING. Maturin's on-deck medical tour de force--taking the top off a patient's skull to release pressure...

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