The Wine Dark Sea Author:Patrick O'Brian Pure gold...O'Brian truly shows us what it was like:how people talked :what they believed;what they knew nd did not know. But I would go farther. I think he has shown the late on in our literary silver age,the authentic gold can still be mined. He has things to say about the nature of friendship: about mankind's relationship with the natural wor... more »ld;about the animal spirits of a nation in its prime;and about the dark side, as well as the strengths of a close community represented by a ship at sea.....O'Brien is a man who's books you would dare to give to Stern;whose conversation would have delighted Coleridge. It is our great misfortune , but our great luck ,that he is our contemporary, and not ours.