“DON QUIXOTE-OF-THE-SEAS”

I just learned of this book while reading The Reader’s Book of Days. Had to add it to my reading list. Well, it’s that time of year, isn’t it? Funnily enough, I don’t enjoy sailing, but after reading (and loving) Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander, I’ve got an itch for more sea adventures .

I never saw the film version, but from the first pages I envisioned Alec Baldwin as Captain Jack Aubrey and Colin Farrell or John D’Arcy as ship’s surgeon, Stephen Maturin. Never Russell Crowe or Paul Bellamy (he’s blonde, for goodness sake). Sorry, dudes.

“The classic travel narrative of a Don Quixote-of-the-seas – the first man to circumnavigate the world singlehandedly.

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. Setting off alone from Boston aboard the thirty-six-foot wooden sloop Spray in April 1895, Captain Slocum went on to join the ranks of the world’s great circumnavigators – Magellan, Drake, and Cook. But by circling the globe without crew or consorts, Slocum would outdo them all: his three-year solo voyage of more than 46,000 miles remains unmatched in maritime history for its courage, skill, and determination.

Sailing Alone around the World recounts Slocum’s wonderful adventures: hair-raising encounters with pirates off Gibraltar and savage Indians in Tierra del Fuego; raging tempests and treacherous coral reefs; flying fish for breakfast in the Pacific; and a hilarious visit with fellow explorer Henry Stanley in South Africa. A century later, Slocum’s incomparable book endures as one of the greatest narratives of adventure ever written.” (Goodreads)

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