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Baker begins his tale with a short picture of his childhood in working-class, post WWII England. On page 9, on his way home from his last day of school--glad to be done with school, sick of education, but unsure what to do with his life--he 'drowns' his math folder. I could totally relate and he had me from that point on.
This book was an interesting look at the life of a Merchant Marine in the 1960s. Baker has a comfortable way of writing that makes you feel like you're right there with him. He nails the awkwardness of becoming a man--those intense feelings and confusing emotions--against the backdrop of ship life and frequent stops in foreign and exotic ports. Told very much 'in the moment,' the prose is engaging and real. You experience his adventures--some humorous, some sad, some poignant, some outright crazy, through his eyes. His descriptions brought the book to life--the Suez Canal with its desert on both sides of the water was particularly well-done.
Constant Traveller R801168 is an adventure story and a coming of age tale told with skill and honesty. If you enjoy memoirs, I don't think you'll be disappointed in this book!
How to meet local girls and where to find alcohol are the main preoccupations of the crew in each exotic port, which lead to some hilarious, scary, embarrassing and heart-warming adventures. The author writes openly about the drunken escapades and their consequences. He makes fascinating observations about the cultures he encounters, and is also wonderfully alive to the beauty around him. The book really shines when he's describing his first sighting of an albatross, sleeping on the deck under the starlit sky, or watching dolphins racing with the ship, so when I wasn't laughing I was moved to tears.
An extraordinary take of youthful adventures with an uplifting happy end. A truly wonderful read, I can only recommend this.
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