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The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O'Brian
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Jun 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: aubrey-maturin, historical-fiction
Read from June 10 to 30, 2011

Among the pleasures of this volume was the tour of the high altitudes of Peru and of their particular flora and fauna. Stephen Maturin examines condors first hand, and bromeliads, and three kinds of llamas. Adventures include Maturin's party being sideswiped by a sudden blizzard, and Jack Aubrey being seriously wounded in the eye and leg. Even though I barely follow the political events that inform Stephen's espionage missions, Stephen survives through his wits, and with very helpful allies, and Jack survives miraculously one injury after another. I wonder how Maturin can manage all of his various addictions. First came laudanum, now coca leaves.

I can hardly wait for the two friends to touch down on native soil so that we can hear from Sophie and Diana again.

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