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Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales Paperback – September 22, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Cloud Books (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615434894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615434896
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A welcome relief after a long day at the office; when the idea of throwing it all up and running off to sea, suddenly seems like the most brilliant idea in the world." -- B. Morrison, poet and author

"If you are interested in learning what life in the Merchant Marine is really like, or just want to escape your cubicle, then I can highly recommend "Escaping From Reality Without Really Trying." -- Chris Gerrib, POD People

"...flabbergasting and delightful in equal turns." -- Jason Pettus, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

"This independent and free-spirited sailor has lived a life that is unfathomable to most.... This is definitely the kind of book that can be read with a beer in hand, as Jacoby states in his author's note: 'Now, go grab a cold one. You're gonna need it.'" -- Sacramento Book Review

"Brutally honest and highly descriptive; you will feel as if you are sharing a pint or two or twelve with the seasoned author.... Offers some rare and unique glimpses into some famous and infamous historical events as well." -- Pastor Branagain, Goodreads Review

"... like sitting down with this old adventurer and hearing all of his best stories." -- Goodreads Review

More About the Author

Robert Jacoby is a poet, novelist, memoirist, and diarist. His poetry and short works have appeared in more than 20 literary magazines, most recently Cobalt Review, Poetry Pacific, and The 2River View. He is the author of two books, a novel, There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes (2012), and a memoir (by interview), Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales (2011). Besides keeping writer's sketchbooks, which contain ideas and notes for poems, portions of novels, and other works, he's kept personal notebooks. Since 1985 he's written about 900,000 words...reflections on events, life, and his work.

He is at work on a second novel; a book of poems; and another nonfiction book--Never Stop Dancing--a memoir (by interview) of a friend who lost his wife in a pedestrian traffic accident in Washington, D.C. in April 2010, and the aftermath and recovery with his two young sons.

He currently pursues happiness in Maryland. Visit him online at http://www.robert-jacoby.com or http://about.me/robert.jacoby.

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Read the book and find out what real adventure is.
madman
I felt like a fly on the wall of some faraway bar, watching this seaman smoke cigarettes, drink whiskey and tell his tale...in luridly colorful detail.
LitHits
If one has absolutely nothing better to do and fantasizes about a subject they know nothing about the I suppose this is the result.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By madman on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you want a Fodor's travel guide book, don't look here! This biography tells it like it is in the real world. No toursit traps, just plain old hard knocks and great stories. Believe me, I'm a US Navy sailor and have seen some stuff, but Ronnie's tales make mine look like Sunday tea. If I had a fraction of the fun that he had, I could die happy: hiding from the Man during Apartheid South Africa, near death experiences in South East Asia, sewing your wild oats in Central America, bonding with the dregs of the Earth on a 6 month voyage, and surviving to share it all with the rest of the world. If you thought that your 2 week trip to Hawaii last year was an adventure of a lifetime, you haven't seen nuthin'! Read the book and find out what real adventure is. Maybe next year you can be bold enough to travel to the locations in the book and tell your friends some real manly stories that won't make them fall asleep. Please, do not take pictures though, they may be used against you in an international court of law.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By toomanychoices on October 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Recalling tales of his time aboard ships, in dive bars and houses of ill repute from around the world, the veteran seaman takes us along for a wild ride. Knowing that he wouldn't be happy doing what society expected of him , our seagoing protagonist sets out at a young age to see the world. Laugh out loud moments are peppered throughout the stories, as well as some interesting philosophies and observations of cultures around the globe. He doesn't believe in conformity or allegiances to social norms, countries or "isms," and you really grow to admire his true sense of independence. An admirable characteristic is that he didn't let material gain dictate what he did with his life. That was never important to him. Definitely not politically correct, but Ron would be a guy you'd like to go barhopping with back in his younger days. Especially in ports around the world, I'm sure he could show you some interesting places. Escaping from Reality provides a first person account of an adventurous life that few people make for themselves. Ron has circumnavigated the globe twice, been to the Arctic Circle and to the southern tip of Africa. He's sailed the seven seas and has seen more than most people would in several lifetimes. Well written and an engaging read, Escaping from Reality offers a look into a life not led by many. Am I jealous? Yeah, I kinda am. "Blood, sperm and teeth...all over the world."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LitHits on October 29, 2011
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Fan of the memoir genre? This one's a doozey. I felt like a fly on the wall of some faraway bar, watching this seaman smoke cigarettes, drink whiskey and tell his tale...in luridly colorful detail. This guy lived a life most of us could never imagine,and he takes no prisoners in recounting his adventures. You'll want to drink this prose to the very last drop and then wash your mouth out with soap.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
General Quarters, General Quarters; All Hands, Man Your Battle Stations! If you are a fellow US Navy Sailor, like me; reading this is a must! Action and adventure, any port is as good as the last. Make sure your shots are up to date and that you have received your safety brief before embarking on this soon-to-be classic. This is a real life epic of plain English proportions, so hold on while reading! For members of other branches of services and civilians alike, if you have ever been stationed or worked overseas, you understand the need for keeping yourself entertained and all those interesting results which culminate from these occurrences. Whether afloat, at a bar, or bonding with the natives of some foreign land; there is never a dull moment here. You will enjoy this story and laugh harder than I. I am truly envious of the author because I am sure this sailor probably still has a few tales left to tell. I would love to hear them over a few cold ones. Escaping From Reality Without Really Trying shares with you life experiences that you would have never before been able to fathom. A totally captivating book! If you are "politically correct," stay away; you might get your nose out of joint.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hammer on July 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I expected much more when I read the reviews, but was sorely disappointed. This book is about a merchant sailor going to different ports doing the same thing......mostly getting drunk. His life seems to revolve around that one activity. I didn't finish because it was very boring.

I rarely review books but this one moved me to do so.
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