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To Venture Further Hardcover – Oct 1991


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Accompanied by a German mate and three disabled Thais, Tristan Jones took a small sea-going boat across the peninsula of Kra, which divides the Andaman Sea from the Gulf of Thailand. It is primitive country, and no reliable maps exist. Many previous attempts had been made to cross it, but none had succeeded. The author's account of his journey describes the adventures, colourful local characters and trials and tribulations encountered en route. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An Amazing True-to-Life Adventure 19 Jan. 2000
By Steve O. - Published on Amazon.com
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Those who seek adventure that exists outside fiction will revel in the exploits in this book! Out of print for a number of years, the book resurfaces from obscurity in all its glory! Tristan Jones was not just an amazing adventurer, he was also a born philosopher. The book bulges with example after example of Jones' dedication to the concept that launched this remarkable real-life voyage. Sadly, Tristan Jones has left us, but this book (and all his others) survive him as a testament to the amazing life of this larger-that-life man. Jones did not sugar-coat the trials and tribulations of his and his companions' unbelievable achievement. He was not afraid to reveal the ebb and flow of his emotions during this journey; he openly reveals the doldrums of despair during dark moments when he feared his mission would fail, as well as the heights of his pure joy as the obstacles were overcome. In a world where many of our adventures are built in the realm of fiction, this one stands out as a shining example of the adventures that can happen in the world around us, if we are dedicated to the goals we seek! Whether you are a fan of nautical adventure or not, this book is one you may find will reawaken your belief in the potential of the human race! Buy a copy to wear out, and then buy a dozen to give away!
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Maybe not all of it is true, but maybe enough 4 Feb. 2013
By Steve Rosse - Published on Amazon.com
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What Tristan Jones actually did in his life, as opposed to what he said he did, may never be completely known. But we know that in his last adventure he took a native long-tail boat, crewed by three Thai teenagers (each disabled in some way) across the Kra Penninsula from Ph*ket to the Gulf of Thailand, ostensibly to prove to disabled youth around the world that they were not helpless.

His account of that trip is called "To Venture Further" and of the twenty-or-more books that Captain Jones published, it may be the most interesting to students of Thailand because of the picture it paints of Ph*ket. (Please note that Amazon.com's software recognizes this place name as a profanity and will not allow it in a review without the asterix.)

Tristan's grasp of the Thai language and culture was slight. He says early on in the book that if you say the Thai word for "mother" in the wrong tone it means "dog" or "horse," which is untrue. (The vowel in "dog" and "horse" is a soft "a" as in "father." In "mother" it is a hard "a" as in "hat.") Tristan says the commonly heard phrase "kee neow" is a vulgarity, which it is not. And consider this description of what happens when Tristan witnessed a tourist bringing a prostitute into a restaurant:

"...unnoticed by the dazed farang, the staff glared swiftly at the `service girl' and under their breaths they cursed her and called her a whore and told her to get as much money as she could out of the farang, while the going was good."

While bar girls are not normally welcomed into polite people's homes on Ph*ket, they are almost without exception welcomed into restaurants, movie theaters, golf courses, shopping centers, etc. etc. etc. If you travel on the arm of the goose that lays the golden eggs, you can go anywhere you like.

I ate many meals with Tristan on Ph*ket, and witnessed the struggle that was his every effort to communicate even the simplest idea in Thai. It is impossible that he would have been able to understand any sotto voce mutterings by staff about customers. In his excellently researched biography Anthony Dalton reveals evidence that Jones' own mother was likely a prostitute. It is much more likely that Captain Jones was indulging in a bit of transference here, putting his own thoughts into the unintelligible speech around him.

But those feelings of his, when expressed in his own voice, can be extremely perceptive: "It was all so crude, dumb and dreary, once my insight penetrated past the loud noise, the tinsel, the silk, and the colored lights. And for all this pretence these men had paid to be flown ten thousand miles or more!"

However, while "To Venture Further," like all of Tristan's books, is primarily about Tristan himself, and if even only parts of it are true, it delivers a poignant picture of how obstacles are placed in the path of anybody who tries to do anything altruistic in a culture that does not recognize altruism. In the process of teaching Thailand's handicapped community the basics of enablement, Tristan encountered graft, theft, assault and a deep distrust in almost everybody he met, including the three young boys in his crew.

But ultimately this book is one of hope, and for those of us who knew and maybe even liked Tristan, an endearing memorial to the nine years the writer spent in Thailand, the last nine years of his life. Tristan died on Ph*ket on June 21, 1995.
A modern-day Christopher Columbus 5 May 2014
By Jim Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An extremely gripping account that is hard to put down. Once I started reading I skipped meals and stayed up late into the night wanting to read just one more chapter before going to bed.
What is most enthralling is that this journey was accomplished, against unsurmountable odds: so-called unnavigable waters, drought, physical obstacles of fish traps, physical handicaps of the crew, lack of money, a boat in poor condition, you name it.
That these men were able to accomplish such a feat is extremely inspiring.
not as rollicking as his other stuff, but still good 21 July 2013
By irondude - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Tristan's books, except for Dutch Treat. This is one of the last ones he wrote. His others are more entertaining, in this one there is a lot of focus on handicapped people and how they are (mis)treated, he seemed grumpier than usual. For fans it is still a must-read.
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