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The Breath of Angels Hardcover – 13 Apr 1995


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (13 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851586970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851586974
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Beattie is like a lot of people who are bitten by the bug to go cruising. He doesn't have much experience at the outset, but he has a dream: to sail around the world. Sparked by a book he read as a child, the dream nurtured over 20 years, he finally decides to take the plunge, get some sailing experience, buy a boat, and go." -- Coastal Cruising "Coastal Cruising, October/Novemeber 1998" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Duke on 16 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is not your typical high seas big adventure with a big dramatic rescue or capsize. This book follows the skipper of his own boat as he tries to sail around the world for the very first time. He has a good knowledge of boats and a fair amount of experience but he only intends to sail with a volunteer crew and not single handedly, although that plan does change with great excitement.
This is a great read. It allows the mere mortal to experience through this skippers eyes what it rreally is like to sail the high seas and feel extremely vunerable. We are so used to reading about hardnosed skippers such as McCarthur who have nerves of steel and take these worries in their stride, so it was very refreshing to be as scared as the skipper while reading this book.
You also get to share the highs and lows of the things that can break on a boat, and become frustrated with the issues that get in the way of fixing these problems due to lack of money or facilities.
Well worth a read. If you have any doubts about whether you will enjoy it, DON'T, if you like to read about people sailing the seas then you will love this book. I wasn't disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonneur on 26 Oct 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting travelogue. The narrative is very honest but the prose is a bit clumsy and the characterisation is sufficiently candid that I felt occasionally like abandoning the book rather than living in close proximity to such a bunch of low-life scoundrels! A decent sub-editor would have undoubtedly improved this. However, once JB leaves the northern waters and can focus more on the adventure and less on the tap room then fresh air fills the cabin. His confidence and competence grows with the nautical mileage and after bluffing his way to the Caribbean he does some genuinely innovative cruising around the deltas of Venezuela etc. His rescue mission on the homeward leg is genuinely moving and points to a possible screenplay, although, once again the raw emotion makes a deeper impression than the elegance of John's writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne on 24 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this for my sailing-fanatic husband because he had it before in paperback and loved it but made the mistake of lending it and never got it back. This one was hardback, second-hand (I think it's out of print now) but as good as new. Must never have been read.
He re-read it immediately and keeps going on about what a wonderful book it is. So, from one sailor to another, highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct 1998
Format: Hardcover
It's very rare to come across a contemporary seafaring narrative as well written and as honestly told as this one. The author lays bare his faults but never sings his own praises - that's left to the reader to pick up between the lines of self-deprecating wit. But, chapter by chapter, the picture that emerges is of a man of great compassion and courage who goes on to sail the Atlantic single-handed and save the life of a shipwrecked sailor. I, for one was moved to tears in the final pages.
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