Wednesday, October 12

Portsmouth Point

Portsmouth Point- The Navy in Fiction 1793-1815
By C. Northcote Parkinson
a VERY brief book review by Tony Gerard

   This is an odd book, but worth the read. I THOUGHT it was going to be short stories with a naval theme written between 1793 and 1815.  It’s not. Instead it is broken down into chapters dealing with some aspect of naval life- such as “The Marines”, “The Food”, “Prize Money”. etc. Each chapter has a short introduction written by Parkinson, then several exerts from period novels dealing with the chapter topic. How odd that someone would choose present historic education like this rather than using exerts of period narratives! It’s still a fun and easy (and educational) read.

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