I’m back into reading the last few books in the Patrick O’Brian series of nautical novels about Captain Jack Aubrey and his particular friend Dr Stephen Maturin during the Napoleonic Wars. Beautifully, beautifully, beautifully written books. They do take a little perseverence to get into initially, but once you’re hooked, they effortlessly take you back two hundred odd years. I’ve been reading the whole series over the last year or two, and am now sadly drawing near the end.
Here’s the ending of the movie version of Master and Commander [note – contains spoiler]. At 1:20 Captain Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and Dr Maturin begin to play their instruments in a marvellously evocative piece of music to match the scenes of drumming to quarters: