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Sailing Alone Around the World | [Joshua Slocum]

Sailing Alone Around the World

Joshua Slocum was believed to be the first man to sail single-handed around the world. After a distinguished career, where he worked his way up from cabin boy to captain, Joshua Slocum wrecked his ship off the coast of Brazil. Turning this catastrophe to his advantage, he built a sailing canoe from the wreckage and sailed back to New York. Moreover, he wrote Voyage of the Liberdad, a chronicle of his trip, and earned some literary success.
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Joshua Slocum was believed to be the first man to sail single-handed around the world. After a distinguished career, where he worked his way up from cabin boy to captain, Joshua Slocum wrecked his ship off the coast of Brazil. Turning this catastrophe to his advantage, he built a sailing canoe from the wreckage and sailed back to New York. Moreover, he wrote Voyage of the Liberdad, a chronicle of his trip, and earned some literary success. This was the spur to attempt his perilous voyage alone around the world.

Having lost his fortune in the shipwreck, Slocum began his adventure nearly penniless. He was given the Spray, a century old oyster boat that "wants some repairs". Two years and $500 later he had rebuilt the wreck into an oceangoing wonder.

On his 40,000 mile, three year voyage, Slocum visited six of the seven continents where he met cannibals, presidents, outlaws, and ambassadors. Amazingly, throughout he lived 'off the land' as it were, fishing, trading, and giving lectures to keep his pantry full. He also met some remarkable people including Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson and Paul Kruger, who, believing the world was flat, warned Slocum not to fall off! This adventure will captivate sailors and landlubbers alike.

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    "A REMARKABLE MAN"

    A wonderful use of the English language of a true adventurer and navigator. We use satalite navigation Joshua Slocum only had a wind up alarm clock with a broken hand but could calculate his exact position.

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    "Ho Hum Narrator"

    The narrator makes or breaks an audio book. Unfortunately Mr. Sklar's style is very tiresome and would undoubtedly raise the ire of Joshua Slocum himself. This is not a ho-hum story or sentimental homily to be read in funereal tones. Read the book instead... it's much more exciting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 04-26-12
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    "A wonderful adventure!"

    As a sailor, I really loved this book. It was a departure from the sci-fi that I normally read or listen to, but I loved every minute of it. The narration is great and the story is epic. I got so intrigued with the story, I went to Google Earth to try to follow the route and was thrilled to discover an app that shows the entire course around the world, along with quotes from the book. If you want to get the most from the book, I'd suggest you do this as well.

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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 09-08-11
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A lesser known early solo"

    A unique view of a period, long ago, when a solo effort had NONE of any modern aids or communications.

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    The book is very interesting.
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 06-22-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "An interesting tale."

    This is an interesting adventure story--while not very memorable, I did enjoy listening to it.

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