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Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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I find honest personal stories and histories to be particularly intriguing because reality is often more provacative, and typically more important, than fiction. Imperfect Passage is a great example. Michael Cosgrove seems justifiably proud of his quest and accomplishiments. As readers/observers we particularly admire those because most of us would not and do not undertake anything like a mission to sail around the world (but then most of us don't feel such a driving need either). But, as the name of the book announces, Michael Cosgrove builds much of his story around the imperfections of his decisions and his preparations and the consequences of those imperfections. The accomplishments and successes out weigh the imperfections and mistakes (hence he is still with us to tell his story), but the imperfections and his very good humored addressing of them account for much of the book's appeal.
Yes, this is a story of sailing and the sea. But, at their core, the adventure, and the book, are Michael Cosgrove's self examinations and his story of working throgh his imperfections to find his answers and a focus for the next stage of his life.
If you're a woman, a lawyer, a person born in France, and/or someone who likes the books they buy to be thoroughly proofed (I'm three out of four), this book may not float your boat. Although someone "hoisting a cocktail party" did make me laugh!
This is a good read, not only with respect to the practical challenges incumbent with sailing offshore (remember, Murphy's Law, was invented for boats!), and Cosgrove does an admirable job in describing complicated situations like safely finding the one passage through a dangerous reef into a South Sea island. Additionally, Cosgrove encountered a series of real-life circumstances in his sail and in out-manuevering a crook at the end of his voyage in Australia.
Do yourself a favor: read "Imperfect Passage" and learn from the extra-ordinary experiences encountered by a ral guy -- not some young fictional guy floating with a tiger on his boat!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poorly written, in desperate need of professional text proofing. The story line should have, could have carried yet the obnoxious vulgarity over rode the possible. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fred Gilreath Jr
Many people dream of doing things like this but few ever actually set sail. This is a Great Story of a man past his prime taking on the high seas. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard F Miller
The author describes in vivid terms his "misadventrues" at sea replete with daunting physical and emotional struggles but with a blend of humor , love and "old... Read morePublished 12 months ago by mary e richards
I love sailing stories, and was excited to read this.....not much of a sailing story here. Yes, there are a few stories about blue water passages, but just as it seems the on-water... Read morePublished 16 months ago by flyingwasp
This book reveals the author's obvious talent for writing. It addresses a passage that all day sailors or coastal cruisers have at one time or another pondered. FKR s/v UtopiaPublished 18 months ago by Frank Russo
Michael Cosgrove, Nicely done! I could not put the book down in order to see whether love of the sea or love of the people in your life won out. Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Scott W Weatherwax MD
Hard to believe money spent to make a trip like this possible but quite the trip regardless...
Was a good read...
Having never sailed once in my 60+ years, I thoroughly enjoyed Michael's adventure from the safety and comfort of my California home. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Sue Rose Harlan
Loved the story and how it was written. The author had a very exciting few passages that had me at the edge of my seat.Published on January 28, 2014 by Jordan Snyder