M. Kei Review: Peter Simple by Frederick Marryat

Peter Simple is an early novel by Captain Frederick Marryat, he who actually served during the Napoleonic Wars and under the redoubtable Lord Cochrane to boot. As such, Marryat’s sea novels are replete with details of life as actually experienced by the men and officers of the time. However, Marryat’s a humorist, and his goal is to tell an entertaining tale, and with Peter Simple he succeeds admirably. Fans of Patrick O’Brian will discover source material in Marryat later adapted by POB in his Aubrey/Maturin novels.

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