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Old 18-07-2010, 10:37   #31
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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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Hi Guys,

If his experiences were different, or same, from/with yours (or mine, or anybody else's) this does not qualify/disqualify his writing nor his impressions.

And it does not matter if the reader has, or has not, visited the places. The author did, and gave us the account.

You think the Pacific is a paradise, he said it was mostly hell, the reader will go and find her/his own answers.

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Old 18-07-2010, 10:58   #32
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Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day

by: Thor Heyerdahl (Random House, 1996)

The aftword by the author is one of the best pieces of sailing-related non-fiction I have ever read.

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I just ordered Gentlemen Never Sail to Weather yesterday (Abebooks.com for a dollar). Anyway, I ordered it because while sailing in the Chesapeake this summer I met the man who wrote the forward to the book. What a wonderful visit we had with him and several other live aboard cruisers. Actually he should write a book of his own as he's sailed all over the world and was even captured in the Red Sea by the Saudi's who accused him of being a middle eastern spy! He laughed and said his reply to them was, "Jes** Chri**! I'm an Irish Catholic! Do I look like a spy?" A friend of his also ventured into the Red Sea (even after he warned him it wasn't really that safe) and ended up getting caught in the middle of a coup where his boat was shelled and then sank! I only wish we'd had time to hear more of his stories!
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I read it too. Good read.
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any of Bernard Motessier books , good read, intersting character, though the books are rather sanitised versions of what happened. ( I never did get a good report of what happened when he sailed away with two air hostesses !

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Just started "A Voyage for Madmen" by Peter Nichols...so far so good.
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... and ended up getting caught in the middle of a coup where his boat was shelled and then sank! I only wish we'd had time to hear more of his stories!
That goes under fiction though. This thread is non-fiction ...

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Webb Chiles has put his books on his web site for free download. He also has many pictures and articles of his journeys, things he has written for magazines. Also a blog that I find interesting. Click on the link and then "books" at the top of the page.

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That goes under fiction though. This thread is non-fiction ...

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That was a true story.
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That was a true story.
No doubt. Sounds likely.

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Just started "A Voyage for Madmen" by Peter Nichols...so far so good.
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G'day mates. Not quite a circumnavigation, but one of the greatest sailing adventures of all time, and all non-fiction, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. Shackleton overcame all odds and recused everyone of his crew alive, despite being in the most remote place on the planet at the time. A true hero in my book. Cheers.
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Kon-Tiki read it for the first time when I was 9....,,,
"South" Sir Ernest Shackleton
Thanks,

I have always been inspired by stories of adventure and endurance. As a kid I was also a huge admirer of Thor Heyerdahl and his numerous exploits. I am sure when I am packing house I will find at least one of his titles hidden away somewhere.

Since, I discovered Shackleton. Along with people like Sir Ranulph Fiennes (Non sailor, nevertheless I highly recommend “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know”) polar explorer’s later became my heroes. While I have seen most of the Shackleton documentaries and skimmed a few accounts written later by other authors, to date I did not realise that Shackleton himself had written an account of his adventure. Looks like it is straight onto my Amazon wish list!
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Just three that I can remember
Frances Chichester and his circumnavigation in Gypsy Moth IV
Bernard Moitessier The long Way
Pete Goss and the story of his rescue of a fellow competitior in the Southern Ocean, a very moving story of a real hero in my view

There are so many the first book mentioned in this thread is Joshua Slocum which of course is a classic.
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I have just finished reading True Spirit by Jessica Watson. I liked it.
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