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Dove Paperback – March 27, 1991
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I have no doubt that global blue water cruising had increased in popularity as a result of Graham's voyage and his subsequent book that reads like a classic coming of age novel. After all these years, and having read nearly all the other books written by globe trotting sailors, a spark of nostalgia for those days in the early '70s inspired me to read it again. I'm really glad I did, because this one stands out among all the others. Not because it was one of the first of its kind, but because Graham made it personal. His account was of a boy coming of age during an extraordinary adventure in both idyllic and life threatening situations - all before the age of GPS and real time communications.
If you're a fan of coming of age literature or have an itch for armchair travel, this story will do more for you than satisfy the itch. It will inspire you to get out there and test yourself and perhaps discover true happiness.
Give this book to any boy ( or girl) on your gift list and let them begin to dream of a journey around the world - who knows where it will take them?
This book fanned the flame.
I enjoyed it from the perspective of a young person who, initially discarded God, but found Him in the people, the islands, the wildlife and even in a lonely sea. Yes, the haters say it's sappy, but they are likely jealous of the love and attachment he found in Patti and Robins deeper connection to God.
They just didn't talk the talk, but walked it and came back to embrace a lifestyle that embodies all they learned. That life is bigger than the things we collect, that the land and the sea are to be cared for and appreciated as the gifts they are. Good on them!
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This book kept me sane. It reminded me of the things I did when I was 16/17, travelling, meeting people of different cultures and customs. It reminded me that although most of us get caught up in “doing the right thing” there are some who never give up and continue use to live the dream.
To say this is inspirational would be to belittle the reasons why Robin sailed around the world. Even he couldn’t express the real reasons, but it is a compulsion. Something you have to do. Safety, responsible behaviour, should do, shouldn’t do, all becomes irrelevant. Yes there’s a price to pay, but it comes down to what you are willing to pay, because the piper will always need to be paid in the end.
This book definitely made me yearn back to my late teens and early 20s in a way that no other book has and brought back some fond memories. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me.
Absolutely heart-felt and heart-warming. Amazing!
Sailing around the world did nothing to open his mind, in the end we get a mini sermon on the virtues of being a Christian and living the way we were meant to, according to the bible.
Las descripciones del mar y de los paisajes, alimentos y animales marinos, fantásticas.
Schließlich geht es aber um den Inhalt des BUches und den kann man ja trotzdem lesen.