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The Cruise of The 'Nona' Paperback – 1958

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin; Edition Not Stated edition (1958)
  • ASIN: B0000CK4YV
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,134,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How does a man come to know himself and the world? One way is to find an author and a book -- an author, a man both learned in and loyal to the traditions that have formed him, wide-reading, especially in history, far travelling, avid to taste and touch and see, keen in his perceptions, deep in his reflections, and often in a meditative frame of mind that seeks always the heart of the matter and usually finds it; and, then, read the book in which, as if at leisure, sitting before a companionable fire, with a drink in his hand, he shares the best of this: telling a gripping tale and the fruit of all his wisdom. Hilaire Belloc was such a man. The Cruise of the None is such a book. High recommended
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There are plenty of reviews of Belloc's masterpiece, so I will briefly concentrate on this edition. I purchased this directly from the publisher before realizing Amazon offered it . . . Kudos to Loreto Publications for reprinting it in such a helpful and well bound format. It is a joy to read. And even more kudos for reprinting the 1955 introduction by Lord Stanley of Alderly. It is perhaps the best brief introduction to Belloc there is. He touches upon all of Belloc's lifelong themes and helps to make clear Belloc's intents in penning this volume in particular. Loreto promises to reprint several more volumes of Belloc, and we eagerly await their publication. If their format and quality are as high as this one--and they will be, knowing Loreto's quality--having them will be a real treat.
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What can I say? Everything Belloc touched turns to magic for me.

This book, however, is the closest the great man ever came to autobiography. Whilst ostensibly, Belloc is recording a sea journey made around the coast of Britain, the occasion gives rise to many memories from his past.

In addition to these reminiscences, the book is also filled with his penetrating analysis of Europe and the world in the 1920s.

Some have found the sailing sections a little slow, with their technical language on the art of boating. I confess to feeling a bit the same.

But the rest more than makes up for it! Belloc's view of the events that were current in his time is always shrewd and penetrating. And if only he had written more autobiography like the fragments given here …

Highly recommended. And although I own an old copy, I am thrilled to see Loreto books are reissuing Belloc and hope their efforts will be given the reward and support they deserve.
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If you are a true sailor and look for a good sailing story,do not buy this book. I read abouit 150 pages out of 344 and found very little sailing story. At times I had to stop and think "what was this book realy about".
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