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A fellow sailor, John O'Sullivan heard the three screams of the fabled Banshee. He told his friends, then they learned that John's father had died at the exact time of his disturbed dream. Disturbing. Unnerving. This book is filled with sights, sounds, and smells of the salty landscape and ocean. Majestic harbors, suns like fiery orbs hanging over frozen soil, brightly lit streets, stores and cafes of Irish provincial towns fill these pages with haunting memories.
A shipmate died from the dreaded black jack disease transmitted by rats in the hold. Shrieking winds howled, tarpaulins ballooned and timber wedges groaned as their ship encountered a huge, sucking, monster storm. Afterwards, the sea was calm and the serene voyage continued pushing them toward Galveston. This is exciting adventure, told by the voice of experience, even down to searches of hands, and Willies, by doctors who sought signs of scabies, or worse.
There are 36 chapters of well rounded adventure to savor slowly and enjoy. World adventures from Ireland to America to Malta, to Japan, to Australia and beyond. The grizzly gory sight of a lethal weapon exploding deeply in a whale's bowels unnerved even hardened salts. Rounding the tip of Australia, the bay of tears was the jumping off place for men shipped off to war.
Excellent! Nothing surpasses first hand knowledge, except possibly, the ability to share those memories, thoughts and images with others. Thank you, John Molloy for a good read.
There are definitely some editing shortcomings but I did not feel this detracted (much) from the story. I only wish the book included photos. A memoir like this is made much better with some photos of the locations, people, etc. It would have been great to see the actual boats the author was on. I found myself wanting to better visualize what the ships were like. This is particularly frustrating because the author writes about taking photos so he could have used some from his own collection. It would have had 5 stars if it included photos. Update: I got a hardcopy of the book which does include photos. Apparently the publisher did not include photos only for the digital edition. Raised review to 5 stars.
In the end, the story was a good read and I recommend it. The author has a great way of bringing out the small events and making them important -- the events that ultimately comprise any life. The final lines of the book illustrate the importance of appreciating the moments that comprise each of our lives.
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John Molloy has managed to write a fascinating book, full of descriptive detail about life in the Irish merchant marine and the world of the late 1950’s. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Richard on Dauntless
Interesting life of a merchant seaman which I had never considered as such.Add to this the tragic love story,as it turned out,and the book was absorbing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by suzanne kallil
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