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A Reading Life

Weighing candor and concealment

By Katherine A. Powers
April 23, 2006

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I have been reading Patrick O'Brian's ''Richard Temple," first published in 1962 and only now appearing in this country (Norton, $24.95). It is rough going, desiccating in fact, absent a drop of the humor or delight in anomaly that makes O'Brian's best works so intoxicating. I cannot imagine any fan of the Aubrey-Maturin series finding it even remotely to his ... (Full article: 1058 words)

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