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Eight Men And A Duck: An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island Paperback – 1 May 2003
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Thorpe's imagery is exquisite (and) the account of Viracocha's voyage is so funny... If you enjoy chuckling during your armchair travels, my advice is: Rush and Reed (Tim Severin)
Thorpe is an accomplished storyteller. He chronicles the voyage of the Viracocha with an easy, unforced humour... Thoroughly entertaining (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Thorpe may be a poor sailor but he is an accomplished storyteller... he chronicles the voyage of Viracocha with an easy, unforced humour. It's hardly surprising that it's an inspiring story. (TELEGRAPH)
An exciting, involving read. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
A beautifully written, funny and touching account of an unlikely journey from the coast of Chile to Easter IslandSee all Product description
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So the journalist’s mind kicked in – let’s investigate. Soon, without planning it, Thorpe found himself becoming more than just an observer, as a place on this incredible journey fell into his lap. Some discussion with his wife (you know, ‘I love you, I might never see you again, is that ok?’) later, and the – let’s say ‘unswarthy’ Englishman (look at the photos in the book) was off to sea with a rogue’s gallery of shipmates straight out of Captain Pugwash. The book takes us on the journey with them, in the race against time they created for themselves by building a boat out of reeds that will eventually sink. It’s a journey that involves the Chilean Navy, good and bad weather, esoteric Frenchmen, weird food, and the very nature of friendship itself.
This is not just a book about the technicalities of ancient sea-travel (though there’s enough of that to interest even the most hardy of land-locked readers), or the existential joys and angst of a dangerous and beautiful journey, but a tremendously rich sketch of what men are like when they get together. If you’ve ever wanted to take a risk, but feel seasick at the thought, then you may just love this book.Read more ›
The absurdity of the situation becomes apparent when the author discovers that a week's casual dinghying off the coast of Scotland and the fact that he at one stage 'spent two terms rowing in a reserve college squad so inept that the boat was known as eeyore' makes him the most experienced sailor on this hazardous voyage. Thorpe, a journalist from the UK, joins the Viracocha ten days before its projected launch date and is immediately rewarded with the task of conjuring up the sails (difficult, as he barely knew how to darn a sock).
At first glance, it is hard to conceive exactly how this disparate bunch of amateur sailors expected to pull off a feat that even the great Heyerdahl didn't manage himself, without succumbing to such dangers as sharks, oil tankers and the worry of simply being left stranded in the ocean if one of the crew fell off the boat (turning circle: about 10 miles, apparently), not to mention the ill-will of a rival expeditioner. But the quality of the crew as human beings and their sheer single-mindedness to climb apparently insurmountable hurdles is what drives them on towards success.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At the start, I wondered why anyone might risk their life committing to such a rash journey. However, the interaction between crew members and the final success of the journey made... Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by Jude
I loved this book so much when I read it ages ago (which I gave away to a friend a few years back) I have now downloaded the kindle copy to my Desire HD. Great book. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2011 by G. KEENAN
Sailing across the Pacific in a reed boat -- a great premise but sadly (for the reader, if not the crew) the voyage itself just isn't exciting enough to make this book more than... Read morePublished on 14 July 2003