Tag Archives: Stephen Maturin

Mr. Trump and Physicking the Body Politic

I saw something today which reminded me of Dr. Stephen Maturin in the Patrick O’Brian novels. He dosed and physicked the sailors and officers with black draught and blue pill… which have, how to say, laxative effects.   He made his concoctions truly … Continue reading

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“One of the great papist characters in modern fiction”

At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a fun piece about books I often mention here, the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian, who would be 100 years old this year. Which I would that he had … Continue reading

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Starting anew … O’BRIAN!

I have begun making my way through the Patrick O’Brian series again.  Huzzah! I can’t always be reading Ambrose, Augustine and Missalia Romana, after all. We begin with Master and Commander. It has been some years since I have read … Continue reading

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