The Wine-Dark Sea
The sixteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and Patrick O'Brian's first bestseller in the United States.At the outset of this adventure filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue an American privateer through the Great South Sea. The strange color of the... show more
The sixteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and Patrick O'Brian's first bestseller in the United States.At the outset of this adventure filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue an American privateer through the Great South Sea. The strange color of the ocean reminds Stephen of Homer's famous description, and portends an underwater volcanic eruption that will create a new island overnight and leave an indelible impression on the reader's imagination. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Jack will survive a desperate open boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son; Stephen, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes; and Patrick O'Brian's brilliantly detailed narrative will reunite them at last in a breathtaking chase through stormy seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn, where the hunters suddenly become the hunted.
Publish date: November 17th 1993
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Series: Aubrey & Maturin (#16)
As I stagger past the 3/4 mark of this enormous series of books I am struck by the observation that I am more interested in Maturin than Aubrey. Really though, it's being more interested in what's going on on land than on ship - which is the complete opposite of what I would have said in the first q...
Another pleasant sea romp with Jack and Stephen this time off the coast of South America, lots of action but not one of the best in the series. Audio read by Patrick Tull.
This man vs nature adventure, replete with exotic foreign lands and natural disasters, is every bit the ancient Greek drama its title implies.