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Old 11-12-2015, 10:02   #16
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Re: Tristan Jones' Incredible Voyage: T or F

I read several of his bookss many years ago, and while reading them, imagined sitting in a quayside sailors pub, across a boat hatch table, enjoying a pint of ale, listening to his yarns while smelling the pipe smoke and hearing the gulls outside and a crackling fire in the hearth inside.

If nothing else, he stirred the imaginings of a young sailor, like all good sea stories do.
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I read several of his bookss many years ago, and while reading them, imagined sitting in a quayside sailors pub, across a boat hatch table, enjoying a pint of ale, listening to his yarns while smelling the pipe smoke and hearing the gulls outside and a crackling fire in the hearth inside.

If nothing else, he stirred the imaginings of a young sailor, like all good sea stories do.
And stirred a few other things with his pedophic alcoholic meanderings too. I refuse to romanticize his dribble. And yes I did read everything he wrote.
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That was my reasoning behind the "supposed" in my comment, bob.
Come on Salty, that's just cheating: "Location: SF Bay Area; Former Annapolis and MA Liveaboard". Your post was ironic, Muricans aren't supposed (allowed?) to do irony
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Come on Salty, that's just cheating: "Location: SF Bay Area; Former Annapolis and MA Liveaboard". Your post was ironic, Muricans aren't supposed (allowed?) to do irony
I take your comment because you are a Yorkie. I fear people from Bradford, but respect people from Haworth.
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And stirred a few other things with his pedophic alcoholic meanderings too. I refuse to romanticize his dribble. And yes I did read everything he wrote.
Is pedophic a word or slang?? What does it mean?
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Re: Tristan Jones' Incredible Voyage: T or F

Either way the guy is a phenomenal writer. That Conrad guy ended up having a pretty solid cruising career himself right?
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Either way the guy is a phenomenal writer. That Conrad guy ended up having a pretty solid cruising career himself right?
Yes, another great writer of sailing stories, but I don't believe he ever presented them as true stories.

Though I too don't really care, TJ spun some great yarns regardless of truth content.

He's in good company, Patrick Obrien fabricated much about his life too.

Maybe for good story tellers the line between imagination and reality becomes a bit blurry.
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Maybe for good story tellers the line between imagination and reality becomes a bit blurry.
No. It's rooted in tradition, going back ages where truth and exaggeration are intentionally blurred into myth. A good hunter story, or in this case fishing is forgivable and entertaining. As a story teller, he was wonderful. As a writer...*meh
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Is pedophic a word or slang?? What does it mean?

TJ liked little kids?
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TJ liked little kids?
I started to read Jones' "To Venture Further", about his days in in Thailand. He was really falling apart at that time, already one leg gone, and heading for more amputations. He had a thing for young boys, and while the book made it seem all virtuous and above-board (and it might have been), it didn't seem right to me and I was getting uncomfortable reading it. So I never finished it.
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I started to read Jones' "To Venture Further", about his days in in Thailand. He was really falling apart at that time, already one leg gone, and heading for more amputations. He had a thing for young boys, and while the book made it seem all virtuous and above-board (and it might have been), it didn't seem right to me and I was getting uncomfortable reading it. So I never finished it.
I kind of wondered if maybe there was some latent homosexuality in there. He certainly has a penchant for male crew. Not that there's anything wrong with that provided they are of age! He wouldn't be the first sailor to participate in a little buggering.
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Re: Tristan Jones' Incredible Voyage: T or F

In his one book I read ( ICE) I don't think one of his more popular, he talks about a polar bear tearing his boat apart while he is stuck in the ice. Says he shot it in the head with a flare. lol True or not I did envision a Polar Bear trying to eat him and his dog in a boat frozen in the ice. Would of liked to had a brew or two with him.
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Re: Tristan Jones' Incredible Voyage: T or F

I met him once and asked to shake his
hand. I asked where the bug had burrowed
under his skin and he pointed to a small
scar on his wrist. I thoroughly enjoyed
his stories. He had pictures of several of
his exploits, including cutting off the top
of his little boat so it would fit into an
elevator to go up to a function in a hotel
ballroom. He did things, not just talked
about it.

Name an author and I'll bet you could
dis something about their work. But
why must you go there?
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Re: Tristan Jones' Incredible Voyage: T or F

Don't get me wrong, I quite enjoyed many of his books. But he made himself the central character in them (properly so), and invited us to accept his stories as true. I think we are allowed to talk about the real person behind the self-made myth. Think of it as yet another layer to the entertaining story.
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