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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; First American Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812982436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812982435
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will speak to fans of books like Into the Wild; Moynihan has a good story to tell, one that's flecked with  briny bits of Melville and Conrad and Raban. His unshowy prose has genuine immediacy. He's good company on the page."--The New York Times

The Voyage of the Rose City is an amazing story, amazingly told. John Moynihan left us his heartfelt, moving, perfectly crafted story about the watery part of the world. Long after you finish reading, the story will echo through your head. Not to be missed.”—Darin Strauss
“John Moynihan’s high-spirited description of his four months as an ordinary seaman on a supertanker is a mesmerizing tale of courage, nerve, and heart. This riveting account of how the senator’s son was eventually accepted by the clannish crew is wittily illustrated by the drawings that filled the margins of his journal.”—James Ivory
“John Moynihan died young, but not before leaving, on the pages of a loose-leaf notebook, an imperishable legacy. This literary gem, the story of a young man and the sea, will be read as long as people care about life’s essentially lonely voyage to maturity. The delight that Moynihan’s prose occasions is tinged with melancholy because this is the only glimpse we shall have of a remarkable talent.”—George F. Will

About the Author

John Moynihan was born in Syracuse, New York, and lived with his family in India for two years during middle school. That experience, and the travels that went with it, set him on a lifelong quest to see the wider world. He worked as a writer and animator and loved teaching as he traveled, always returning to New York City, his home base.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JamesMN on December 4, 2011
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Given the critical fuss made over this, especially by the NYT's Dwight Garner who rated it as one of the 10 notable books of 2011, I found this book to be a major disappointment on a number of levels.

First, Moynihan, through his dad's connections as a U.S. senator, finagles a position on a U.S. merchant ship. He knows he got on board by pulling strings and, essentially, running his own scam, and he's hopeful he can keep how he got the job a secret; that doesn't work for very long. It's no time at all before his shipmates figure out that he pulled strings to get the job. But in Moynihan's telling, in the greater scheme of things that's OK because everyone on the Rose City is pulling their own little scam in one way or another, his just had more horse power behind it.

The cover jacket would lead you to believe that this " ... is a gripping (where anyone would have been provided reason to be found themselves subject to a feeling of "gripping" due anything in this tale I have little idea), beautifully told story", and that was not the case for me at all. From reading this story I have the definite sense that Moynihan was an immature whiner at this point in his life, accustomed to getting his way in general, and very willing to use daddy's connections for a little seagoing adventure and slumming as a "working man" for a semester or so, at the expense of merchant mariners that at this point in time (and more so to this day) were hard pressed to find a seagoing job of any kind.

I suppose this is disproportionate to what maybe I'd otherwise feel, but given the foundation of phoniness that came with this book I was very ticked off at his use of the word "whores".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Frauenglas VINE VOICE on October 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading "The Voyage of the Rose City: An Adventure at Sea", by John Moynihan. John was the son of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan & Elizabeth Moynihan. In 1980, he decided to ship out as an Ordinary Seaman on an oil tanker in the summer after his Junior year at Wesleyan University. John kept a detailed journal & illustrated it with his own sketches. During his Sr. year he used his journal to put together a 270-typewritten page manuscript to fulfill a requirement for an honors class he was taking. The book was never published. Sadly, John died in 2004, when he was in his early 40's. He father had died the previous year, just two years after retiring from the Senate. In 2006, his mother privately published a limited edition of 100 copies of The Voyage of the Rose City as a tribute to her son. She took his manuscript pages & journal notes & sketches & turned them into an actual book. This was read by an editor/publisher at a Random House imprint & she was impressed enough to ask to publish this book.
John was only 20 when he wrote his journal & only 21 when he wrote this book. His actions & his insights are both juvenile & wise beyond his years. His honesty in his writing is to be commended. He had to face down the jealously of many of the crew, when they found out he was the son of a U. S. Senator. He felt his life to be actually threatened by a number of the crew, especially when they got drunk & their resentment of him rose to extreme levels. Eventually, he was able to turn all that around & by the end of the trip, he was considered one of the boys. However, he faced many other dangers. The ship sailed through pirate infested waters, not once, but three times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Hagan on November 8, 2011
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I just finished "The Voyage of the Rose City" and would like to praise this work by John Moynihan and recommend it to landlubbers and mariners alike. I was in training at the Seafarers International Union seamanship school the summer of 1980 and caught my first ship about the time John was finishing up his four month tour. It is 31 years later and I have been sailing professionally ever since. I have written some unpublished stories and have some journals from many years of seatime, and I am always on the lookout for any authentic accounts of the lifestyle of the contemporary merchant marine. Sadly, there is not enough written to portray even a fraction of the strange lifestyle and the myriad eccentric characters who go to sea. As we sailors swap crazy stories with each other and sometimes try to regal our friends and families on the beach, it becomes apparent that only those who have lived the life, even for a short while, can truly understand the nuances of the mundane and cloistered day-to-day life on a ship at sea, or the boiling pot of personalities that must work together. A mundane life , punctuated with occasions that are so insanely crazy that the average person cannot believe them. John's account is so accurate that I know and recognize two of the characters as I sailed with them myself, and one of them, the Mexican Chief Cook, named Miguel in the book, was a well-known psychotic sailing out of New York who pulled so many stunts that he was quite famous in the early eighties amongst us seafarers. I featured him in a few stories of my own.Read more ›
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