- File Size: 415 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; 1 edition (January 6, 2004)
- Publication Date: January 6, 2004
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FC0ZJE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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in view of my upcoming river cruise on the Douro. I timed reading it such that I finished while
on the river....which turned out to be meaningful , as I had hoped.
The book is really interesting and spends a lot of time on the planning and execution of
building the boat, more than the actual cruise itself....nevertheless I found it delightfully
helpful in appreciating the goal that had been reached by Mr. Pollack. The river is
wider than I'd expected such that I gained a new appreciation for the difficulties he
found in beginning the journey and navigating those challenging waters. I recommend it
especially for travelers to this country or those who like to cruise. It also contains thoughtful
human interest discoveries about relationships. Interestingly, despite the proximity of the event (as well
as Wikipedia's claim that the cork boat is now situated in Portugal), the cruise and on-site tour directors
knew absolutely nothing about it, but later affirmed it having googled it online.
I noted in my trip evaluation that mention of it on future cruises might be an item of interest
John Pollack, your typical guy with atypical dreams, sets out to build a boat made entirely of wine corks. Blows your mind, doesn't it? We all have dreams, but this one is so far out there, you doubt it can be achieved by any mortal man (or woman). Well, the author proves otherwise. It won't spoil the book to tell you that he eventually succeeds, but you'll definitely want to read it for yourself, to see how he does it. And not only does he build the boat, he lets us ride along on his journey through Portugal, as he sails it down the Douro River.
Along the way, he includes humorous stories of his childhood, his adventures as a writer in Washington D.C., and the challenges of even *finding* 165, 321 corks in the first place. I'm sure that every time I open a bottle of wine, I'll be reminded of this book, and all that was accomplished. Even though this book chronicled something that I will never, ever do, I felt like I was part of the experience - and when I finished reading, I was truly inspired to pursue some of my own neglected dreams.
In summary: just a tremendous book, overall - for the captivating and charming story, the excellent writing, and the inspirational tone. Do yourself a favor and read it - and afterwards, you'll feel great!