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Interesting glimpse into a time gone by
on 1 June 2011
I enjoyed Mr Dana's account of his somewhat 'gap year' (well, two years actually) along the present-day west coast of the USA. His tales of hardship, danger and a lot of hard toil are vividly told with passion, humour and good knowledge from the author's perspective. It is interesting to read how many of the basic things we take for granted now and couldn't live, didn't exist in the 1800s or were an extreme luxury.
Mr Dana's accounts of the people he met, their lives and his interactions with them were of particular interest and memory to me. He came across a wide range of people on his journey, from the all-empowered captains, to the easy going sandwich-islanders and Dana's obvious ability to relate to, and empathise with each, is interesting.
The only area which didn't work for me in this book is that my version lacked a glossary meaning that a lot of the technical jargon went over my head. For a modern reader, I thought there was perhaps too much sailing terms going on and I found it quite repetitive in the book, so found myself skip-reading large sections of the book in order to get to the areas that interest me. However for those how love living history, or adventures on the high-seas, don't let this put you off.