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The Incredible Voyage by Tristan Jones
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The Incredible Voyage (1977)

by Tristan Jones

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What an incredible read! Either Tristan Jones is an incredible liar, or this was truly an incredible voyage. I suspect that there is a little of both. What he set out to do - sail the lowest point on earth (the Dead Sea) and then sail to and on the highest point on earth (Lake Titicaca) a journey that took six years. The adventures he tells were remarkable in and of themselves, and he writes in a down-to-earth style you would expect of an old salt, but he also interviews well-researched history of the places he visits, and shares a great deal about the people and the geography. A fascinating read. ( )
  bjtimm | Nov 8, 2016 |
The fearless Welsh sailor is also a first-rate spinner of words. Anything by Jones is more than worth the effort. Too bad he's not more well known. ( )
  Porius | Dec 2, 2008 |
Jones provides his account of sailing from the lowest point of navigable water below sea level to the highest navigable water on the planet - lake Titicaca. Adventure buffs will find his story compelling, fascinating and peppered with just the right amount of jargon to make you feel as though you are sitting on the Barbara with him as he sails past middle eastern military men or slogging along beside him as his helper pulls the boat upstream through the Amazon river's headwaters.

A great read that will keep you turning pages long after you should be in bed... ( )
3 vote stonesoupstation | Jun 19, 2008 |
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"I am a part of all that I have met." - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses
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My sixteenth transatlantic crossing under full sail was fairly uneventful, with the exception of glancing off a basking whale about six hundred miles to the east of Bermuda.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0924486902, Paperback)

Tristan Jones sailed a small craft on the lowest body of water in the world, the Dead Sea in Israel-and the highest, Lake Titicaca in the Andes. During this intrepid six-year voyage, he traveled a distance equal to twice the circumference of the world and found himself "a thousand times beyond the limits of endurance." This gripping sea yarn is at once a riveting adventure story and a testament to human tenacity.

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Follow the supreme adventurer, Tristan Jones, as he takes a solitary and intrepid six-year voyage on his small craft, The Sea Dart. Covering a distance twice the circumference of the globe, from the lowest body of water in the world--The Dead Sea--to the highest--Lake Titicaca in the Andes--Jones finds himself "a thousand times beyond the limit of endurance." With tenacity stronger than any obstacle, Jones refuses to give up his adventure, even after falling prey to several disasters that could have killed him. Struggling against the mighty current of the Amazon, hauling his boat over the Andes Mountains and capsizing off the Cape of Good Hope do not discourage him. This gripping story is a testament to his indomitable spirit and thirst for danger.… (more)

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