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Sailing Alone Around the World [Paperback]

Joshua Slocum
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17 Aug 2006
Joshua Slocum's epic solo voyage around the world in 1895 in the 37 foot sloop Spray stands as one of the greatest sea adventures of all time. It remains one of the major feats of singlehanded voyaging, and has since been the inspiration for the many who have gone to sea in small boats. Starting from Boston in 1895, by the time he dropped anchor in Newport, Rhode Island over three years after his journey began, he had cruised some 46,000 miles entirely by sail and entirely alone. Slocum's account of his epic voyage is a classic of sailing literature, acclaimed as an unequalled masterpiece of vital yet disciplined prose. It will be welcomed by admirers of his legendary achievement. 'It is a timeless work that can be read again and again, and a story that totally absorbs the reader with it's enormity and honest endeavour' RNSA Journal 'Slocum's prose is a model of its kind: honest, vivid, salty, and at times, lyrical' Traditional Boats and Tall Ships 'One of the all-time classic sailing narratives' Classic Boat

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; Revised edition (17 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713679352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713679359
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book has literary merit, thoughtful and beautifully written and packed with incident.'
-- The Nautical Magazine, March 2007

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Joshua Slocum's classic account of the first solo voyage around the world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have read any number of books by small boat sailors, but never have I enjoyed one more than this. Why? I love success stories, and Capt. Slocum was the sort who assured his success before he set out. He anticipated, and prepared for every contingency, and he succeeded in spite of doubters. But, what really sets the book apart is its language and the scope of knowledge of this third-grader. I gave most my other 'sea' books away, but will keep this one forever.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An understated epic of seamanship and adventure 25 May 2004
Format:Paperback
I share other reviewers' enthusiasm for this book, but for me astonishment and admiration are the dominant emotions it evokes. At an age when most of us are ready to start taking it easy, and long before the days of modern aids to navigation and survival, Captain Slocum cobbles together his tiny boat and sets off around the world single-handed, braving wild seas and fending off wilder but barefoot natives with tin tacks scattered on the deck. Don't look for any modern angst or self-revelation as to why he decided to do it, or what drove him to persist when, for instance, it took him exhausting weeks of battling to get round the Horn. The whole saga is so quietly told that the man's huge competence, sagacity and sheer fortitude emerge only slowly. I'm no sailor, but this is one sailing book that I will always keep to hand for inspiration.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top shelf true adventure reading! 3 Oct 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Slocum eases the reader on an adventure around the world, baiting us along with peaceful respect for the sea, and a love of sloitude. No hollywood storms or disasters. He is as good at story telling as he is at sailing. I would recommend his work to non-sailors and non-adventurers alike. This is a slice of history as he visits the South Pacific and South America in the 1800's, quietly cruising past a world just comming to grips with expansion into unknown cultures and countries. A wise "old Salt" and a teriffic story teller!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top shelf true adventure reading! 3 Oct 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Slocum eases the reader on an adventure around the world, baiting us along with peaceful respect for the sea, and a love of sloitude. No hollywood storms or disasters. He is as good at story telling as he is at sailing. I would recommend his work to non-sailors and non-adventurers alike. This is a slice of history as he visits the South Pacific and South America in the 1800's, quietly cruising past a world just comming to grips with expansion into unknown cultures and countries. A wise "old Salt" and a teriffic story teller!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real life adventure 24 Feb 2011
By gossak
Format:Kindle Edition
This book takes you on a facinating jouney to many wonderful ports & across vast oceans.In a boat that he constucted single handed over 13 months.
the authour is obviously a very human & humuorous man, which makes a very enjoyable read.The trip was made in a in a more innocent time in many ways,which adds to it's appeal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this edition 29 Dec 2011
By GeoffG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book itself is excellent, but this edition is a very poor buy indeed, and I recommend against buying it. In fact I returned it for a refund.
If you want a fully illustrated edition, this is not the edition that will provide it. Many illustrations are missing, but this is not made clear in the product description, and the "Look inside" facility is misleading, as, for the first few chapters, all the illustrations are present, but from later chapters, many many are missing, and a few are modern substitutes that add nothing.
A fully illustrated version is well worth having, and if you want an illustrated edition, with ALL of the original illustrations, this can be found elsewhere on the web (Project Gutenberg) free of charge. Otherwise the text-only version is available free of charge here in the Amazon Kindle Store.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 27 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a classic sailing tale, by a man who did it. A good read and a must for any sailors library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic which has endured for over 100 years 23 Nov 2007
By RobF
Format:Paperback
After spending years commanding large merchant vessels, Capt Joshua Slocum completely rebuilds a 37 foot yacht and sets sail around the world in it. Slocum's grasp of the English language is exemplary as he describes his single-handed voyage around the world. The book is a fascinating insight into life 100 years ago when sailors were unable to use electronics for navigation, meteorology or helming and vessesls had to sail around the Capes as the "shortcut canals" (Panama and Suez) had not yet been constructed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Mr Slocums enterprise and marine architectural skills are only matched by his intrepid navigational and boat handling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerry Firth
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Best ever would recommend this book to anyone who likes true adventure stories. I could almost feel as though I was there.
Published 2 months ago by trevor miskimmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star rating !!
I have read this book three times and will doubly read it again ! I like to dip into it every so often , I have my favourite passages ! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tony Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Savage
I have read this book about three times or more and every time it is fresh and new and always inspires me to challenge myself and never to abandon my dreams
Published 3 months ago by david moffat
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Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fascinating book
I first read this book 44 years ago. I loved it then, and I loved re-reading it now.

A fascinating and laconic account of three years spent largely alone in the middle... Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing alone around the world. Joshua Slocum
This book although a story from earlier times, is a classic in the sailing field. The trials and tribulations of the author are riveting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good hat & a rusty clock.
This is a wonderful account of self-reliance & courage and common-sense. A book which shows what can be done with determination.
Published 5 months ago by Addlib
5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing Alone Around the World
This is a splendid read for yachtsmen and women in particular and this edition in Kindle is first-class. Great value.
Published 5 months ago by MP
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and thoroughly enjoyable book
I really enjoyed the way this book is written and the spirit of adventure it portrayed - highly rcommended to those who enjoy the tales of the sea
Published 5 months ago by Henry Owen
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