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Old 14-07-2010, 10:58   #16
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my favorite book, this guy has brass balls.

the incredible voyage , by tristan jones
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Old 14-07-2010, 11:35   #17
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There are just hundreds of absorbing accounts of voyages. Here are some authors,;
H.W.Tillman,. Kenichi Horie,. M. Smeeton,.F.Wightman,. K.Holmes,. Dwight Long,. E.Hiscock,. P. Woolass,. P.Pye,. P. Tandveld. But Start with Tillman - - - basic, and so amusing, a true sailor.
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my favorite book, this guy has brass balls.

the incredible voyage , by tristan jones
You simply can not include anything by Tristan in the non-fiction category!!

To a much lesser degree the same applies to Joshua Slocum... read his bigraphy written by his daughter (name forgotten, sorry). Gives a very different picture of the old man. His book remains one of my favorites despite some deviations from fact along the way

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"The Happy Isles of Oceania"

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Paul Theroux

ISBN 0-140-15976-2

The guy paddled about many S Pacific destinations. There is actually a place in his book where he depicts the cruising crowd in Tonga. It is a good read and especially so to anybody who knows the places from his or her own experience.

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Of course for pure Tall Ships era FICTION there is "Two Years Before The Mast".

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I do not think that this book is fiction. It's more like a diary, or a journal.
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Tunsta

One that hasn't been mentioned which really stood out for me was 'The Tunsta'. They had an alcoholic navigator on board who at one point got so desperate he tried to drink the compass. Great story - they didn't go around the world though.
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My family's all-time favorite is The Voyage of the Northern Magic: A Family Odyssey. It's out of print, but you can still get it used at places like Amazon. We own two copies so we can keep one and loan the other. I don't want to risk reprinting what's on the back cover here, but you should go read it at Amazon (link).
This is one of my favorites as well. I ordered mine directly from their webisite, and it looks like you still can ...Northern Magic site
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Probably the MOST

tedious read there ever was......blechhh

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"The Happy Isles of Oceania"

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Paul Theroux

ISBN 0-140-15976-2

The guy paddled about many S Pacific destinations. There is actually a place in his book where he depicts the cruising crowd in Tonga. It is a good read and especially so to anybody who knows the places from his or her own experience.

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Kon-Tiki read it for the first time when I was 9

Last Read....2009

"Tracks in the Sea" about the Father Of Oceanography, Matthew Fontaine Maury

I have a collection of Slocums' works......

"South" Sir Ernest Shackleton

and I don't care what people say.....truth or not...Tristan Jones can spin a yarn....

They rae called sea stories y'know.
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"Happy Isles of Oceania" has always been my favourite.

Another good book is "Around the World Cruising Guide" by Allan Phillips You can download it on Amazon.com.
Start from the back, where he explains his lifestyle of cruising over 25 years.
I loved it and we eventually met the author, who is a bit eccentric.

Absolutely, spot on, with true life adventures along the way.
He was the guy who Quoted "there is no rough weather if you don't have a schedule" this convinced me, cruising was right for me.
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I second "Maiden Voyage".

I kind of liked "Sailing Promise" by Alayne Main, just because it showed what the reality of circumnavigating with someone who is more emotional than rational can really be like.

"In the Heart of the Sea" about the whale ship Essex is not a circumnavigation, but my all time favorite long voyaging story. Truly a great Read.
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"Happy Isles of Oceania" has always been my favourite.

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I wonder if you have been to many of the islands mentioned in this book? As cruisers, we found his experiences to be totally at odds with ours in those places. In fact, that book pissed me off so much I've avoided his works ever since I read it.

I think that he was going through a bad patch of his life at the time, and that negativism influenced his experiences and thus his writing. Pity...

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I think that he was going through a bad patch of his life at the time, and that negativism influenced his experiences and thus his writing. Pity...
I do agree with you, in that the book didn't really have much to do with cruising.
Like all Paul Theroux books it is more about "him" and his f--ked up mind.
However, how come so many cruisers like this book.
What does that say about us.
Or is Paul exploring something that is in all of us that we only come to recognise after reading his books.

Personally I love all his Non fiction titles.
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I do not think that this book is fiction. It's more like a diary, or a journal.
You're right, it is a true story, not fiction. I just downloaded a copy from Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana - Project Gutenberg this is a site that provides text copies of books that are out of copyright and in the public domain. I found Slocum and others here.
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