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China Voyage: A Pacific Quest by Bamboo Raft Paperback – 5 Oct 1995


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349106509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349106502
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 899,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Severin, explorer, film-maker and lecturer, has made many expedition from his crossing of the Atlantic in a medieval leather boat in The Brendan Voyage to, most recently, In Search of Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Book of the Sea Award, a Christopher Prize, and the literary medal of the Academie de la Marine.

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An extraordinary explorer. (INDEPENDENT)

Tim Severin is one of the last of the old-style explorers... His deeds speak to us of the purity of achievement in an age where experience has become blunted by comfort and complacency. We watch then, awed.. A vivid picture of the aching space of the ocean (THE TIMES)

riveting account...he can certainly plan, take risks: and... he can excite. (IRISH TIMES)

much of the pleasure of this fascinating book is due to his understanding of the politics of confinement in sometimes desperate situations. (SCOTSMAN)

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Tim Severin has is the author of a series of books about his own explorations, and the holder of the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in County Cork, Ireland.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 24 April 2000
Format: Paperback
Cross the Pacific in a raft made from bamboo - You must be joking!
I first read about this trip in a one-page National Geographic article, which didn't do the trip nor Tim Severin and his crew justice. A long-time fan of Mr.Severin, I know what to expect from his books; very intense, often repetitious eulogies on the strengths and weaknesses of the craft; the pros & cons of his theories and the methods used to explore the possibilities opened up by these theories. This book is no exception, refusing to take any modern assistance (except mandatory safety equipment), insisting on traditional materials and building techniques, he constructs a raft which has never been seen outside Vietnam for a century, in order to test his theory that Asian culture could have migrated via the Pacific (either by accident or design) to the Americas. The trip is punctuated by storms, any one of which would destroy your average 60foot yacht, but Hsu Fu calmly lets the mightiest waves run right through her, barely disturbing the crew at their supper. A bonus is that the raft needs no helmsman, once set on a tack she steers herself, her attendant shoals of fish ensure continuous supplies of fresh food, the only problem is after 5 months at sea, she's falling apart at the seams. Having seen the original Sindbad dhow (parked on a roundabout in Muscat, Oman), I can attest to the workmanship and attention to detail that goes into each one of Mr.Severin's boats, so it must have been heart-breaking for him to see his journey cut short by the break-up of the raft, due to no fault of his own, and so near to the final goal.
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Disappointed by this work. Compared with Severin's earlier books which I've read, , it just didn't hold my attention. And of course, neither did it help that the expedition turned into a magnificent failure.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TJ MCGINN on 17 Aug. 2014
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