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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449970389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449970383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John C. Stepper on October 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sailing alone from San Francisco to Hawaii - and back, without GPS or any of the modern sailing tools - is story enough. At different times gripping, funny, inspiring. Always interesting.

But the book also manages to capture an individual's life journey. (This isn't some trite metaphor. The book is extremely well-crafted.) While it's Eric's own story, it's one we can all relate to: the impact of our early years; how we each struggle to become our own person; the mixture of pain, self-doubt, and joy in varying degrees.

Brutally honest and open, the book that made me wince more than once. (I also laughed more than once.) And time after time I was amazed by just how crazy it is to sail by yourself for so long across such a distance.

It's one of those rare books that stays with you.

I was swept away by a journey I'd never dare to make and a story I'd never dare to tell.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By live to try on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a story of one man's odyssey into himself and into his past--and yes, to Hawaii, though that journey without is secondary to the journey within. After identifying what his fear is (to be alone in the world) the protagonist sets up the perfect trip to charge right at this fear of isolation: a solo sail across more than two thousand miles.

Along the way, the reader is treated to a feast of description: not only to the sights and sounds of the sea, sailing and the night sky, but also to characters that are woven in and out of the main thread of the sail to Hawaii. Best's descriptions are tactile and evocative, sonorous and poetic: "The sea is smooth imitation sky." "Feo's bow crunched through the chop..." "The ocean seems to rise vaguely to the north, a sloped plateau that cannot be." "...the small muscle in his jaw started working overtime as he told me this."

How many of us truly have the strength of mind, not just to identify that which we're most afraid of, but to actually walk right towards it? As a reader, I found myself questioning, as our protagonist did, what is it that I am most afraid of?

But unlike some easy self-help book, we are in the grip of a story and all the imperfections and blemishes of life, as we watch the protagonist try, and fail, and try, and fail to sail his ship correctly. We learn to navigate from the stars when the computer on-board fails. We pass into flashbacks of where family life went wrong, and wrestle for meaning without easy answers.

I know nothing about sailing. I get seasick on boats. I don't know the jargon. But it didn't matter, because this isn't a book about sailing, though that does take up a significant part of the tale, jargon and all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John R. Cook Jr. on November 10, 2010
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Into My Father's Wake is a powerful story that reverberates on many levels. The simple one is a sailing journey from San Francisco to Hawaii. But, in this book, nothing is simple as 'things' begin to 'happen' west of the Golden Gate like losing electricity so navigation becomes manual, 'shooting the stars'. "But, I didn't finish the Coast Guard course." And that is just the beginning of this compelling tale wondering why you would ever do that. But, that is what sailors love to do -- what no one in their right mind would do and they have been doing these crazy acts for 1,000s of years -- off the end of the earth and elsewhere. That's how new worlds are discovered.

And yet, there is another story, an age old one -- about fathers and sons -- loving & battling, loving & battling and loving & battling. And how is all of these emotions that make up families reconciled? How does one live on after the damage is done? When does one let go of the past and live on in the future having been 'seasoned' by the past? This part of Into My Father's Wake is what separates it from other 'sailing' books. It hurts, it inspires and it make you wonder why and why not. You cringe. You exalt. And you breathe again.

Regardless of what level you read Into My Father's Wake, it will stay with you as you, too, reconcile the story in your own mind and context. It haunts you like the story and then you figure it out and in that, you find peace copying the story itself.

The bottom line is that is that it is worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tinkerbelle on June 8, 2012
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Whether the reader is an experienced sailor or a total novice, INTO MY FATHER'S WAKE is a captivating read. It is the personal account of a man's solo journey on his small sailboat from San Francisco to Hawaii and back. Eric Best is able to make you feel in a visceral and spiritual way the sheer wonder and folly of his intrepid journey. We take part in his elaborate preparations before the journey, we are warned about all the dangers that loom over a small sail boat at large in the ocean such as disappearing under a freighter in a moment of distraction, we participate to his survival as serious mechanical problems occur and his fate becomes questionable. It seems from reading the book that nothing is more scary and delightful at the same time than such an odyssey.

But this solo trip is also a remedy for the author who deals with a full plate of unresolved issues from his past and in particular a difficult relationship with a father who mistreated him as a child while also initiating him wonderfully to the magic of sailing. He speaks for men of a certain generation who grew up with fathers who broke their sons into a traditional manly code at the cost of much emotional crippling. However, the voyage works as a healing tool as he learns to rest some of his demons.
But what makes this book so delightful is the personal voice of the author himself , always engaging and humorous though also introspective and wise. The narrative is woven with musings ranging from unique insights into the nature of God, love, family, friendship, religion, nature, capitalism to the meaning of life. Alternating between the inner world of the author, lyrical descriptions of the infinite landscape around him and a day to day accounting of the challenges of an almost impossible journey, the book always keeps you vividly engaged.
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