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Spindrift: A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea (edition 2014)

by Peter Reason

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Title:Spindrift: A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea
Authors:Peter Reason
Info:Vala Publishing Cooperative Ltd (2014), Hardcover, 192 pages
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Spindrift: A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea by Peter Reason

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Part travelogue, part inner journey, part deep thought on our place in the world. Peter Reason's book is a delight to read, redolent of the sea which infuses each page. He has thought long and hard and deep on the relationship between human and environment and it is this that shines through in the writing. As well as a brief description of the art of sailing, including the nautical naming conventions, which can be confusing to the landlubber (like me) Reason goes on to describe the outer journey he is taking in an effort to reconnect with the wild. This takes the form of sailing round the Irish coast, partly with a companion, partly alone. Drawing in many influential thinkers into his narrative he explores how we have become out of tune with the wider "more than human" world and discusses his meditations upon why this is so and what it is possible to do about it, at a personal level. Pilgrimages are usually religious experiences but this goes far beyond any "spiritual journey" in the normal sense of the word, being as it is a reconnection with the wider world, rather than any one god or spirit.

Overall - intense, thoughtful, meditative this is a book that you'll want to read and reflect upon, and probably read again ( )
  psutto | Apr 10, 2014 |
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Spindrift is the story of a sailing odyssey, but also of an inward journey into deep truths about who we are and how we belong in the universal scheme. A meditation on sailing and life, it is a hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking book for landlubbers, sailors, philosophers and naturalists alike. It is a story of pilgrimage, of reflection through solitude and through connection with nature. Mostly sailing alone, Peter Reason invites us to share in the minute-by-minute challenges of seamanship and navigation, on his enthralling journey in his 31ft yacht from Plymouth across the Celtic Sea and back. Exploring far more than the seaways, the author successfully manages to tell the story of a journey with another dimension - that of investigating and reflecting on our human place in the ecology of the planet. He reaches towards his stated aim of re-opening the 'great conversation' with the Earth, in contrast to our modern ways of living, which leave us speaking only to ourselves. Above all, this book shows us that Nature is not just a place to visit, but our home. As we finish the book, we may feel we, not it, are the ones being returned, to a rather dusty shelf. Along the way we have been given glimpses of 'the gorgeous arc of the universe' and shown how we ourselves are part of this immense, continuing process of evolution. We may be back at our mooring, but we find ourselves listening to the weather report with a new sense of engagement.

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