For the sheer pleasure of reading well-written, beautiful English language prose, this brief novel is well worth your time. It's gorgeously written.
The plot, be as it is, is a bit obscure, and the reader does not know where, geographically speaking, he or she is located at virtually any point in the story other than somewhere in the tropical Indo-China Seas.
The characters are all a bit unusual, if not weird, and the first person narrative grows wearisome on occasion. No one is particularly likeable or memorable.
It is mysterious, eerie and beautiful. It's all about sailing, the awful and wondrous ways of the Southern ocean environs and climate, and about those unusual and strange men who used to sail the 7 Seas. I other ways, the story is about staying sane in the midst of dangerous, crazy-making men, disease and weather.
It's a 4.4 on Amazon's Scale.