Sunday, 21 November 2004

The wine-dark sea

Listening to:

Buddy Greco, The lady is a tramp. Idiosyncratic, but very entertaining.

Just read:

Patrick O’Brian, The wine-dark sea.

I really enjoyed this installment of the ongoing Aubrey-Maturin saga. It begins with the dynamic duo in the Pacific, heading east towards South America where Maturin has a mission to foment rebellion against the Spanish. On the way there’s quite a bit of naval excitement, though not much in the way of conventional combat. Instead, there’s an exploding sea-volcano.

Things are good too when the main characters split up, with Aubrey still at sea, and Maturin is plying his trade on shore in Peru. He gets to replenish his supply of coca leaves, see lots of exotic wildlife, and hob-nob with various politicians. It’s well written, and though you miss the interaction between Aubrey and Maturin, their respective situations are both interesting enough, and sufficiently well-described, that you willingly go along with it all.

Comments

aaah.. the language of Homer!

Found you off of uncertain principles... just thought it would be nice if you had a comment...

So your reference to Homer is duly noted.

The game-playing thing, however, concerns me.

And your mother.

Posted by: rwellor at December 3, 2004 04:32 PM