well, mj, i think you wouldnÂ´t find a greater aubrey/maturin fan on this forum than me! i first saw the movie, then discovered that it was based on a whole flock of books. read them all, one after another, and i canÂ´t remember when, as an adult, i was so completely engulfed in a book.
the characters are so lively, and the stories feel not so much like some constructed novel, but as if oÂ´brian had translated the real-life memories of a seafaring man. anything can happen.
especially the main characters felt so alive to me, iwas absolutely immersed in their luck and loss.
having said this, i felt the movie was one of those rare congenial adaptations. iÂ´ve watched it maybe a dozen times, and iÂ´ve read the whole book series twice. thanks for reminding of this excellent piece of literature!
"The human gene pool needs more lifeguards!
Either that or stronger chlorination...." (Pitbull)