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The Ship Dwellers A Story of a Happy Cruise [Kindle Edition]

Albert Bigelow Paine
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,212 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise...!!! 5 Jun. 2011
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Well, I finally purchased a Kindle, read a couple of books that I remembered from my childhood, then started to look what else was available in the 'free' category.

Going on a Mediterranean cruise late this summer I stumbled upon "The Ship Dwellers A Story of a Happy Cruise" and decided to download it and give it a try. I had never even heard of Albert Bigelow Paine..!

I found it to be a fascinating book for many different reasons. First of all from the historical context of the voyage, both in terms of the transport and people involved. Secondly the detailed descriptions of the places visited, both in terms of the buildings, people and observed way of life.

I realise the 'old' books can be difficult to read, but this one is really worth spending some time on. I'm sure that it is the sort of book I will return to again, particularly if I visit the same places.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going 18 Sept. 2013
By Liz
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I found this book not what I thought it was going to be. The title is misleading as it is based on early cruising
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Great, But For One Thing 12 Oct. 2012
By Meks Librarian - Published on
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The full title of this non-fiction book by Albert Bigelow Paine is "The Ship-Dwellers - A Story of a Happy Cruise" and was first published in 1910.
I didn't know anything about the author, and wikipedia does not offer much information apart from the basics such as that he lived from 1861 to 1937, was a member of the Pulitzer Prize committee, became a full time writer after an initial career as a photographer and had a wife, Dora, and three daughters. He was a great admirer and friend of Mark Twain, and dedicated this book to him; in fact, one reason for him to undertake this ship cruise and write about it was that he wanted to walk in Twain's footsteps, who had been on such a cruise several decades before.

We may not learn a lot about Albert Paine from wikipedia, but the book gives insight into his way of thinking, how he looks at the world and the people around him, how he connects current events with history. His humour is undoubtedly there; his writing does sometimes feel more modern than what you would expect to find in a book from 1910, and he conjures up some beautiful pictures for the mental eye of the places he's seen and of the ship he lives on for months and its occupants.

I would have greatly enjoyed the whole book, had it not been for some very racist remarks which, in those days, were probably perfectly normal with nobody thinking any less of the author for it. In fact, he may have been considered a tolerant and open-minded man by many of his contemporaries, but in our day and age, he'd have caused a scandal by writing what he did (mainly about the Turkish people he came in contact with during his voyage).
Don't get me wrong; I am not someone who strives for political correctness all the time, and in fact find it quite refreshing when people really speak their mind. But such deeply ingrained intolerance does bother me.

Nonetheless, there are some really beautiful and poetic descriptions and thoughts in this book. It does not aim to be a travel guide but allows an interesting look at what travelling for tourists was like in those days (for the well-off, of course) and what the countries and sights dotted around the Mediterranean were like back then.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 25 Sept. 2013
By JTRiker9 - Published on
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I DL the story to read on the flight to my next cruise. it was fun to read. I I
4.0 out of 5 stars Quaintly entertaining 30 July 2013
By JenMarshal - Published on
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This book gave an entertaining insight into past travel methods, and was also quite historically informative about the places visited.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 24 Jan. 2013
By Marie Koval - Published on
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This book is a good read, I love reading the adventure of a Cruise of past years. It takes you back in time to another time. I love cruising, and wish I could put into words the kind of story ABP has put together.
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