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A Pirate Looks at Fifty Paperback – November 28, 2000
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On this tack, Buffett plans an opulent, laid-back trip for his brood and goes into so many details about his favorite possessions (three pages on knapsacks!) that the cheerful vagabond in flip-flops is nearly eclipsed by the rich, domesticated businessman/dad he's become. In addition, stinging losses and limitations--his dad's Alzheimer's disease, his own terrifying solo plane crash in 1996--creep into his cozy yarns. Yet Buffett's infectious, grinning attitude towards life eventually finds resurrection in extended riffs on fly-fishing, solo piloting over water, and surfing. In such passages, he earns his claim to a "saline psyche," a legacy inherited from his grandfather, skipper of a five-masted barkentine that ferried lumber from New Orleans to the Caribbean. Sailing and soaring over Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific seas, Buffett looks at 50 and sees a very good life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I wouldn't describe myself as a "Parrothead," but I do enjoy Jimmy Buffet's music a lot. When you enjoy something that someone else has created, you develop a curiosity about the person who created it. So it is with Jimmy Buffet - I wondered what kind of person came up with this music. This book seemed like the way to know a little more about him.
While I did learn a bit about him, this book isn't really a visit to the deep, dark corners of Jimmy Buffet's soul. To be sure, he does talk about personal situations, such as his two marriages and wives, and the problems he has had to work through. Perhaps the most touching, and telling, is when he talks about his father. Also, this book fills in some of the background to his songs, and a song is more interesting to listen to when you have the inside story on it.
But the main theme of the whole book is what a blast Jimmy Buffet is having. I must say that he appears to be living the life that suits him, and that brings him the greatest satisfaction. What more could anybody ask for? I hope that this is the truth, because it makes achieving one's dreams seem possible - an important idea for those of us stuck in a more mundane world.
The most critical thing I can say about the book is that some people will see it as no more than a long brag by a rich, successful man.Read more ›
Within the framework of a family odyssey by the Buffett clan to honor and celebrate Jimmy's 50th birthday is the story of much of Jimmy's life, from his musical beginnings in college to his brush with death in an upside-down airplane off Long Island. Buffett's stories are colorful, self-revealing, and often hilarious.
As a musician in a similar genre, I find myself occasionally returning to Buffett's tales of his early days in music - learning to play three chords on guitar in college to get women interested in him, his early days in New Orleans and Nashville, his escape to Key West. I reread these tales to keep myself inspired and motivated.
As a fan of Buffett's music, I enjoy reading about how certain songs and albums came to be. I enjoy the stories behind the songs and stories, and I enjoy learning more about the Man From Margaritaville.
And sometimes it's just nice to pick a chapter at random and read for a while as an inexpensive escape, a way to travel in my mind to faraway places without needing reservations or even a change of socks.
If you like Buffett, enjoy biographies, enjoy stories about music and musicians or about travel, the Caribbean, and tropical life, then pick this up and give it a try.
What I found was a well written, contemplative story of a man assessing his life at the half-century mark. The device he uses to do this is the three week trip he spent with his family and friends traveling around the Caribbean via seaplane and commercial air. Since he'd already been to many of these places before it is a celebration of homecoming once again and the renewal of old friendships. Mr. Buffet has certainly led an interesting life and just because he's now past the half-century mark I doubt he'll slow down.
I'd recommend this book. It's an interesting travelogue and also a journey through another man's life. Not great literature, perhaps, but easy to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We really enjoy books written by Jimmy Buffett. They are well written, humorous and easy reads. A Pirate Looks at Fifty has moments of poignancy, humor and interesting tidbits... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Time2Buy
Awesome read. Definitely recommend for a trip around land air and ocean!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Nice look at Jimmy Buffett's life and philosophy. Interesting for Jimmy Buffett fans.Published 1 month ago by Mark V
Oh, my gosh, love the music but this is worse than listening to someone talk about paint drying. Whew. Carry on fins.Published 1 month ago by Paul Frederick Flack
I thought this book would be about Jimmy's life and how he got to where he is....it is not. It is mostly about how a rich so called 1%er spent his 50th birthday flying all over... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lew Venturi
A genuine wonderful read. This book is filled with his personal anecdotes that keep you on the edge of your seat (no joke), as well as fatherly wisdom that truly makes you think... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carmen Williams
I don't listen to a lot of JB's music, but there is no doubt - the man can tell a good story!Published 9 months ago by Banda