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''There is so much to this book that it is not surprising that it is has been continually in print since 1889 . . . this book has literary merit, thoughtful and beautifully written and packed with incident.'' --Nautical Magazine

''An inspiration to many would-be adventurers.'' --Lloyd's List

''[A] literate and absorbing yarn . . . A convincing tale of the intelligence, skill, and fortitude that drove a master navigator.'' --New York Times

''Surely one of the all-time classic sailing narratives, this is more than just an account of a fascinating and often arduous journey, it has also given rise to a mythology all its own.'' --Classic Boat

''Sailing Alone around the World could have been written yesterday. It flows free and easy and is filled with amusing anecdotes . . . Any sailor who loves the sea will be brought up short from time to time by the quiet eloquence of Slocum's writing.'' --Small Boat Journal

''This audio presentation sparkles with the author's wit and the reader's calm, light English accent . . . Mayes' voice is perfect for a man in his sixties, spinning the adventures of his sailing around the world.'' --Kliatt

''No better voice than that of Bernard Mayes could have been picked for this voyage filled with adventures ranging from the total loneliness of the solo voyage to the tense fear of attack by Tierra del Fuego pirates . . . Bernard makes [the adventures] as exciting as they must have been to Slocum; his voice is the voice of a sailing gentleman.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Joshua Slocum was born in 1844. After his famous trip he became friends with Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt. In 1909 he sailed south from Martha's Vineyard and disappeared at sea. He was declared officially dead in 1924. Thomas Philbrick introduced the Penguin Classics edition of Richard Henry Dana's TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466344474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466344471
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pajor on November 2, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Joshua Slocum was the first person to sail around the world. In this book he tells about his voyage. Joshua Slocums story is very entertaining to read. He writes about the practical and technical challenges of long distance sailing in the 19th century and about his encounters with the peoples and tribes on his route. The writing style is short and factual, but that almost makes the impression even stronger given that more often than not Joshua Slocum had to face death and only escaped with the narrowest of margins. They don't make'em like that any more... I highly recommend this book. it's a great read!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jim on August 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Unless you're bringing this book on your own around the world race, and are going to great pains to reduce weight and size of everything, like cutting your toothbrush in half, I suggest you not get this small edition. The book is identical to the 'normal' size book except shrunk. Tiny print, very thin paper etc. Turns out it's the 'travel edition'. Amazon doesnt tell you this. I found out the hard way. Despite the eyestrain and headaches I still couldn't put the book down. A great read.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Howard Kinns on August 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Joshua Slocum was the first person to sail single-handed around the world. Unlike today's solo around the world sailors Slocum was not a yachtsman, but had been variously skipper and owner-skipper of large sailing trading ships that plied the oceans of the world. His voyages included many across the Atlantic Ocean and several to the Pacific, including trading ventures to China, Japan and the Pacific Islands. Slocum was also different to modern day around the world sailors in that he made his around the world voyage near the end of his sailing career, at the age of fifty five. Slocum was declared dead on 14 November 1909 at the age of 65. This was the date he set sail on his final voyage. His course was into an Atlantic gale, and neither he nor his boat Spray was seen or heard of later.
Slocum's father was a farmer in the maritime province of Nova Scotia which was one of the leading sailing and ship-building centres of the world in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Slocum was one of eleven children, was born on the Bay of Fundy, spent only two years in school and gained all his sailing and boat building skills on the job. When he was twenty-five Slocum was offered command of an American coasting schooner. His next command took him the to Australia where he met and married Virginia Walker of Strawberry Hill, Sydney. Later, Slocum would spend considerable time cruising the coast of Australia from Tasmania to the Torres Strait during his around the world voyage.
As the nineteenth century drew to a close steam ships began to eat into the fishing and coastal and international trading business previously the sole dominion of sailing ships.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Briggs VINE VOICE on October 27, 2001
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My feeling, upon finishing this book, was that I wish I'd had the opportunity to meet this remarkable man. What a great story of adventure as Slocum sets out in the Spray to sail solo around the world. He seems to have such a wonderful attitude about the whole thing, never really taking anything too seriously, but just enjoying the whole epic. It is incredible that this was done way back in 1895, long before the sophisticated navigational aides sailors and yachtsmen have available today. Yet, he seems to almost casually find his way around the world, meeting interesting people, avoiding mishaps and just generally having a great time. His writing is simple and a joy to read. It's a wonderful story for all ages and certainly not surprising that it has been so popular over the years.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Phil on April 25, 2010
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Let me say that I've never been on a sailing vessel of any type. I've never even been on the ocean. But I found this book quite interesting and entertaining. Joshua Slocum's narrative style makes it almost impossible not to read it without imagining a bit of a sailor's accent. His kind heart and happy disposition make me wish I could have met him.
A great read!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Lerfald on July 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Joshua Slocum was a very complex man-and not a plaster saint by any account; but he wrote a book as sublime and as soul-satisfying as anyone could wish for. This is a book for a warm fire and a glass of rum, or a cabin on a sailboat. The places he sees and the people he meets are extraordinary; and vividly painted. But they pale when he describes Spray and the sea. You can hear the love and longing in his voice when he describes them. This is the last of a breed, trying to keep his heart alive after wrenching losses, at the end of his rope, and finding a way to continue on and be fulfilled. Excellent reading, it will stick with you for years.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Jendrezak on January 18, 2000
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Order carefully. I purchased this book to replace the 1978 edition that I lost. I didn't see the fine print on the web page and was shocked and amused when I received my new miniature edition... This book is 3" x 4". Order the '78 edition unless you have a good magnifying glass. By the way, the book itself is great.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carlene Garrick on April 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Slocom's feat set the standard as the ultimate sailing adventure - a solo around the world voyage. Even though the book is over a century old, it's still an engaging tale. Some of the prose is beginning to show it's age, and if you're not a sailor, you'll need to get past some of the seafaring jargon. But once you get past all that, you'll quickly find yourself absorbed by Slocom's yarn. From the Spray's humble beginnings as the hulking remains of a sloop "built in the year 1" to Spanish ghosts at the helm to fending off "savages" with tacks in Tierra del Fuego to Pacific island royalty and colonial governors and finally to the end of his journey, Slocum never fails to entertain, and to impress. Sailing Alone Around the World is a great read, and the adventure it describes is an amazing testament to courage, perseverance, and the human spirit of exploration.
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