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The Sindbad Voyage Hardcover – 11 Oct 1982

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition edition (11 Oct. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091505607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091505608
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Sindbad Voyage


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Tim Severin - possibly known to younger readers more for his fiction output (the Viking 1: Odinn's Child No. 1 trilogy or the Corsair trilogy) - has been one of the geographers / historians who like to test their theories experimentally. In this case it means looking at the plausibility of Arab seafaring all the way to China, summarised under the 'Sindbad stories' motto.

The book - his second of the kind after The Brendan Voyage - follows the author's attempt to build an Arab sailing vessel of the 8th cetury AD technological level (meaning all wooden, with coconut hust ropes instead of nails for binding) and sailing it from Oman all the way to Cantonese China, with intermediate stops in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Hong Kong, i.e. along the trading routes used by Arab (primarily Omani) seafarers.

As everything from planning, over construction to the actual sailing and day to day life on the vessel is covered, one gets an excellent overview of the challenges that would be faced by these ancient seafarers and the success of the undertaking validates the feasibility of at least the seafaring aspects of Sindbad's Voyages from the 8th century AD.

Given that the journey happened in 1982 the descriptions and relationships to both the Arab world in general and Oman in particular, and China are - from the perspective of the strained tenor of the last two decades - refreshingly positive and nicely balanced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paul, Ireland on 8 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read a lot of travel books as well as novels, have travelled widely, and am familiar with some of the South East Asian locations in the latter part of this book. The book leaps off the page, and is a wonderful account of a sea voyage in a medieval ship recreated for the voyage. But perhaps the more inspirational aspect is that of the interaction between the crew of European scientists and Arab sailors and the Indian and Asian people they meet at their landfalls. In the internet age it is truly wonderful to read of the human warmth, curiosity and hospitality that can happen when technology is deliberately discarded, and it reminds us of real human qualities. A marvellous book.
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By Rory on 30 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent condition. Thank you
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 3 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
as in all his seagoing books, fiction and non-fiction, the people and boats are real, and you can taste the windblown seawater.
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Good, but not as great 20 Jan. 2013
By Global nomad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I suppose it's unfortunate that a writer's earlier works face the inevitable criticism of not measuring up to their later, more mature work. The Sinbad Voyage is no different. A fair portion of the book deals with the outset of the journey - the funding, the building, the staffing, etc. There are decent descriptions of the Malabar coast, being stuck in the Indian Ocean, and sailing the Strait of Malacca. But then the wind dies down unexpectedly, leaving less than twenty pages devoted to the journey up to China from Malaysia. What happened? Publishing deadline, the looming lure of The Odysseus Voyage, or... ?

It's a good book, but leaves alot incomplete. Very very little is written about Sinbad's voyages and the author's retreading of his tales. Maybe there was not much to retread (unlike the masterful Odysseus or Jason voyages).

A good book, Tim Severin. I won't call it bad, I'll just call it "an early work."
fascinating account of a real-life adventure 6 May 2013
By Virginia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Years ago I had checked this out of the library and read it. So I was thrilled to find it at all on Amazon. Although I would have preferred a new book, the used one sent to me was in great shape. I hope it is reprinted sometime.
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