Confessions of a Long-Distance Sailor Paperback – February 13, 2008
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- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1435710276
- ISBN-10 : 1435710274
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.52 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Lulu.com; First Edition (February 13, 2008)
- Language: : English
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The author's life story is a little interesting (worth 2/5?), and his achievement (solo circumnavigation over a 2-year period it worth ~3/5?, but lots of people have done it). But, taken as a whole, I was very disappointed. The illustrative photos are horrible 'quality' and there are at least 4 places where space is left for a photo, and there's a caption provided ... but, no photo! Just a big gap. Women readers will be irritated by numerous sexist comments.I don't think I need to go on.
Only slightly less tedious is the author's interminable reminders of how smart he is. I lost track of how many times he does that. Speaking of "smart," maybe this is not so much: "Each new American born will kill 100 African kids, period." (page 193) I see that mathematics is NOT one of his strengths. Let's see, 4,000,000 Americans born a year, that means 400,000,000 African "kids" die a year. Africa depopulated in about 2 1/2 years. Hummm.
Speaking of tedious, you have to puzzle out the dates he did his trip. This is one reason I so appreciate the Hiscocks; they include an appendix with dates and passage lengths for those who are interested. Anyone who has even the least interest in ocean cruising needs to know when the author did his trip. Also, there are gaps in the "narrative." I don't know, he got bored, maybe his computer crashed? He never says even what kind of boat he has, let alone includes any information on sail inventory, tankage, etc.
I think one of the keys to a entertaining cruising account is that the author loves his boat. The Hiscocks' loved Wanderer III, and it shows. John Guzwell loved Trekka, and that goes a long way to explaining why Trekka Round the World is an all time classic. The author of Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor started out hating his boat, and I don't think ever really grew to love her. He did have an important insight: "... she [his boat] is as alive as any person I have known..." (page 150) A well designed sailboat is the closest thing to life humans have created, so far.
This book isn't a complete waste of time, but it is far short of REAL 5 Star books, such as Around the World in Wanderer III, Trekka Round the World, and The Saga of Simba. Read those books, and then tell me if this book should get the same number of stars they merit.
Unlike other circumnavigation stories the author, a self-proclaimed geek, manages to recount all the little and not-so-little technical challenges he encountered with his boat and sailing, giving us the opportunity to learn from his mistakes.
The story is honest, humorous at times, inspiring and heartwarming - a darn good read. I too was sad when the story telling was over.
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When his book was published, I chose to buy a copy because, well, he deserves the few bucks I paid. I know he doesn't need it, but hey, he can direct the proceeds from his book to any cause he wants.
Anyway, it's an interesting and informative read, supported nicely by that humor I've found entertaining in so many in his essays, particularly when they involve psychology!
Thanks for the story, Paul!
Nur 4 von 5 Sternen, weil die abgedruckten Photos leider nur schwarz-weiß sind, was diese bei der (für heutige Verhältnisse) eher niedrigen Auflösung und Qualität mehr zum Ärgernis als zum Genuß macht.
Ich fand das Buch interessant und spannend. Dazu sei angemerkt, daß mir der Autor aufgrund seiner website recht sympathisch ist. Auf der website (-> google "arachnoid lutus") gibt es das Buch übrigens auch kostenlos online zu lesen oder als e-book herunterzuladen; und die Photos sind bunt ;-)