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In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road Paperback – September 16, 2002
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Weisbecker's book, a sort of gonzo detective story blended with travelogue and peppered with hang-10 jargon, does many things, all of them very well indeed. It offers up a vision of innocent times brought to ruin by war and drugs; it recounts his search for his lost friend, whose life had gone from bad to worse far away from home; and it affords a look inside the strange culture of surfing, whose masters "understood, in a visceral and soulful and inexpressible way, the machinations of the sea, and, by subtle inference, the universe at large."
Full of regret and exhilaration, Weisbecker's memoir is a fine chronicle of a dream gone sour and a friendship redeemed. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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buy from your local bookstore anyway.
hey amazon, in the unlikely event that an actual human reads this:how about listing the softcover, which IS IN PRINT from Penguin. then you can cancel this cranky review.
Beyond all the surfing, adventuring on the edge, and bandito hilarity, this book has a strong undercurrent of melancholy, a deep sadness that adds depth and realism to this rollicking adventure. Someone has complained that this book is just about a self-indulgent mid-life crisis. The author himself has admitted as much in his book. Yet the emotions and circumstances that bring a man to what we have chosen to call "mid-life crisis" are real, and nearly universal. Weibecker's genius is in the brutal honesty in which he communicates his own ambiguous emotional turmoil. Past a certain age, we all must find a way to live with the choices that we have made, and the bridges that we have burned, and that, at its core, is the heart of this book.
In Search of Captain Zero is engrossing, invigorating, hilarious, and sad. It is a swift read, and I was sorry when it was over. All in all, it is more than the sum of its parts, and I highly recommend it.
If you're looking for both a hilarious and thoughtful read I highly recommend this book.
Also, as someone who currently lives in Mexico and who has lived in Latin America for 6 years I found his take on the people/country to be thankfully devoid of the typical generalizations and stereotypes associated with the area.
Other than that, this was a great read. Whether you're into surfing or travel books, In Search of Captain Zero will hold you from start to finish.
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A continuous laugh out loud rollicking surfing adventure down the west coast into central America, with lots of background stories told of Allan Weisbecker's previous incarnation... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob Edmunds
Great book! Makes me want to grab my board and passport and hit the roadPublished 7 months ago by Jonathan Lien
A really inspiring book that made me want to get up and go on a surf road trip. Awesome adventure.Published 9 months ago by Bryan
Great tales of modern time adventures.
Surfers can do anything.
The book is a great trip! I've read it more than once, because it takes you on a ride. Allan W. is a great communicator and has a good spirit.Published 10 months ago by John S.