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Sailing Alone Around the World (1900)

by Joshua Slocum

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    Voyage of the Liberdade by Joshua Slocum (lorax)
    lorax: Before he sailed around the world, Slocum built a small boat after being shipwrecked in Brazil, and sailed safely home with his family. Voyage of the Liberdade is very short but interesting for Slocum fans.
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    The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier (thorold)
    thorold: Moitessier named his boat after Slocum: a 60s French environmentalist and a crusty old New England skipper might sound rather different types, but they do share a low-tech, soap-free approach to long-distance sailing, and regard land as a necessary inconvenience.… (more)
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    Gypsy Moth Circles the World by Sir Francis Chichester (John_Vaughan)
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    Around the World Single-Handed by Harry Pidgeon (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: The second person to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly, 23 years after Joshua Slocum and via the Panama Canal.
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    An Island to Oneself by Tom Neale (ari.joki)
    ari.joki: A conversational style in a diary- or journal-like setting makes for an intimate atmosphere. The immersion of the reader in the solitude of the writer is captivating.
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I let this languish a bit but it is really worth a full day to just reread through and savour. It comes under the late lamented A Common Reader's Thumping Good Read and also the Arthur Ransome quote I saw "Any small boy who does not enjoy this should be drowned."
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Joshua Slocum did it, he wrote it up.
Originally published in 1900, and the prey of reprinters ever since. It's not consciously literary, but has the charm of the immediate. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 1, 2014 |
Boys who do not like this book ought to be drowned at once.

[Arthur Ransome, reproduced in Christina Hardyment, Arthur Ransome & Captain Flint's trunk (1984), p. 220].
  ArthurRansome | Jan 6, 2014 |
As a person who doesn't read much nonfiction, I was pleasantly surprised by how readable these memoirs were. Slocum doesn't overdo the technical aspects of the voyage, focusing more on the people he encounters along the way - from hostile natives near Tierra del Fuego to friendly natives on various islands to British colonial governors & settlers. ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 5, 2013 |
This book is written in a breezy manner and with some narrative skill, but readers looking for an adventure tale about the rigours of the voyage will only get small tastes of that. As first suggested when he makes his oh-so-casual decision to undertake the voyage - there must have been more to this? - I think Mr. Slocum skims over the risks and dangers of his undertaking more than most writers would. Threats encountered are usually acknowledged and dismissed within a paragraph or two. This journey might have yielded a more gripping tale if its author had exposure to today's dramatizing.

The fact that he didn't, however, lends the story a charming humility. The bulk of the narrative is taken up with describing the people and places he encounters on his voyage around the world. Some romanticized descriptions of islands he visits - he was especially fond of Samoa - seem unlikely for being so idyllic. I read these as the pleasant memories of his stay, the way I might talk about a Carribbean vacation after I'm back at work. The rest is mostly descriptions of the course he sets. It's a fun book to follow along with a map. Beginning with his voyage up the New England coast, a good atlas will show you the harbours and islands he names along the way and you can follow his progress. Around Cape Horn especially, I found this imperative for fully understanding the route he was describing, which is otherwise a bit confusing. I appreciated it again as he set his course around Australia and across the Indian Ocean.

By the time he visits Australia he is being heralded for the bravery of his journey thus far, and roped into making presentations to a long sequence of small communities that probably leaped at the chance for any sort of event to enliven their days. His tone here is only amused rather than proud. Pride only shines through when he is speaking of the Spray's performance, a vessel he built practically from scratch. Its reliability and his lifetime of nautical know-how prove more than a match for every challenge he encounters. The fact that this is primarily the story of whom he met may be the final proof of that. It's not the story I expected, but there's still no way to beat a solo-voyage-around-the-world tale as told by the man who lived it, any way he wants to tell it. ( )
  Cecrow | Aug 27, 2012 |
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Forfatter: Joshua Slocum

Da han i 1895 hev opp ankeret og forlot Boston, hadde han brukt et drøyt år på å restaurere et nedslitt skrog. Ut fra beskrivelsen må han ha nærmest ha bygget en ny båt, men navnet - Spray - beholdt han.

Slocum seilte avgårde med lite penger og lite utstyr. Han hadde ikke råd til å sette i stand kronometeret sitt (en klokke som går helt helt nøyaktig og derfor avgjørende for riktig navigasjon) og kjøper en blikk-klokke med knust glass. Han navigerer seg allikevel dit han vil - hele tiden. På sin ferd møter Slocum ville Ildlandindianere som vil røve hans skip og hans last, han treffer oppdagelsesreisende Stanley i Afrika og blir kjent med enken etter forfatteren Robert Louis Stevensen på Samoa.

Slocum skriver med humor og begeistring og har mange filsofiske betraktninger. Og tenk; vi er ikke bare i forrige århundre, vi er i det før der igjen. Selv om boken er godt over hundre år er den skrevet i et språk som vil glede lesere like mye i dag.

Odd Børretzen har skrevet forord til denne utgaven.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140437363, Paperback)

First published in 1900, Joshua Slocum's autobiographical account of his solo trip around the world is one of the most remarkable and entertaining travel narratives of all time. Slocum set off alone from Boston in April 1895 and went on to join the ranks of the world's great circumnavigators. But by circling the globe without crew or consorts, Slocum outdid them all. His three-year solo voyage of more than 46,000 miles remains unmatched in maritime history of courage, skill, and determination.

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Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
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  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. In April 1895, at the age of fifty-one, Joshua Slocum departed Boston in his thirty-six-foot sloop Spray, a derelict boat he had rebuilt himself. Three years and 46,000 miles later he returned, having accomplished one of the greatest feats in maritime history—to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly. To crown the achievement, Slocum wrote this remarkable account of his voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, an instant best-seller and one of literature's greatest voyage narratives. Despite having only a third-grade education, Slocum was as gifted a writer as he was a shipwright and navigator. In clear and vigorous prose, he paints a vivid, even poetic picture of his voyage with its many breathtaking sights and harrowing adventures—including skirting the paradisiacal South Sea islands, braving terrifying storms and treacherous coral reefs, and being chased by pirates. A portrait also emerges of the sailor himself, made up from Slocum's heartfelt simplicity, wry sense of humor, meditative reflections on solitude, and ability to find companions in his animate and inanimate surroundings. In the fall of 1909, Slocum set sail from Martha's Vineyard and was never seen again. But his book survives as a testament to the skill, courage, and determination of the man known around the world as the patron saint of small-boat voyagers and navigators, and adventurers of every stripe. With 68 drawings and 3 original maps. Dennis Berthold, Professor of English, has taught at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, since 1972. He specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and has published scholarly articles and books on Charles Brockden Brown, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Constance Fenimore Woolson.… (more)

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