The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey-Maturin Series #16)

The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey-Maturin Series #16)

by Patrick O'Brian


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ISBN-13: 9780006499312
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Series: Aubrey-Maturin Series , #16
Edition description: NEW
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

Date of Birth:

December 12, 1914

Date of Death:

January 2, 2000

Place of Birth:

Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire

Place of Death:

Dublin, Ireland


Shebbear College, Devon

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Keith Richards

I fell in love with his writing straightaway, at first with Master and Commander. It wasn’t primarily the Nelson and Napoleonic period, more the human relationships. …And of course having characters isolated in the middle of the goddamn sea gives more scope. …It’s about friendship, camaraderie. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin always remind me a bit of Mick and me.

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The Wine-Dark Sea 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick O'Brian's 16th book continues his tales of napoleonic society and naval engagements following Aubrey and Maturin, one of the greatest duos of British literature. He is one of the few authors that can weave fiction, historical accuracy and adventure together and create literary masterpieces. This book follows Aubrey 'now a distinguished British naval captain' sailing the Pacific Ocean praying on American whalers and merchant vessels. Add a story of espionage and an explosive revolution and the result is a riveting tale that captures the readers imagination while giving them an accurate account of actual naval life. My one criticism is that O'Brian tends to burden the reader with many over- analyzed characters. Other than this I think most readers will enjoy this napoleonic adventure.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Jack and Stephen find themselves in the middle of a Pacific volcanic eruption and the reader is treated to Stephen's trek across the Andes. These are just a few of the things that give "The Wine Dark Sea" a unique feel. Mr. O'Brian's ability to offer up something different in the midst of such familiarity is truly a gift. I was particularly taken with the descriptions of llamas - and their reactions to Stephen. Lots of humor and tragedy equally mixed.
BobVTReader on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Tbook is towards the end of the series and close to the end of Patrick O'Brian's life. Stell a good tale and crisp writing, but like The Truelove it does not stand up as well as the earilier books in the series. I think that it is the plot of this tale is awkward.
name99 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Perhaps I missed something by jumping into this series so near to the end; while I got the gist of the story, I imagine I'd have understood more if I'd started with book one. On the other hand, after this I saw the movie Master and Commander, and I think between this book and the movie I've picked out what I consider to be the interesting history in the series, while I don't find the rest compelling enough to justify attacking the other books.
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Did u know that 7th day adventists believe that wine in the bible accually means grape juice?