- Also check our best rated Travel Book reviews
My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail around Cape Horn Hardcover – 1 Jan 1995
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Traces a father and son journey around South America in a tiny boat they built together.
From the Author
...from the author...
...for anyone curious,its one helluva ride,15 minutes of "fame" and a heap of money.For a while there I even believed my own press..very very tempting that, like I was more important than other people..Imagine being flown around the country,having all paid for,being escorted around by people who the week before did Colin Powell or Hilery Clinton..and money!!Talk about seductive.. writing a $100,000 check to the IRS, 3 times what I had ever earned , much less donated to my government of choice in a year.I was a kid in big big toystore and am broke now, but content.My point is, all the "sucess" is fun , an adventure into a realm,but no more.It is in no way worth dreaming about.You will still wake up with yourself in the morning,get pimples,have to fart when it is not appropriate....(and by the way,I met lots of way famous people these last two years,and they are just as unshre as you or I ,and I think generally VERY dissalussioned with a world that thinks THEM so special.) So now I feel a bit like Ishmael on page 1 of MOBY DICK.I own a 50 acre island off wilderness atlantic coast.Gonna sell all(not sparrow!) and live there a year,at least , with my new wife and 11 year old boy(..home school..) and write.I have had adventures. Maybe I will call it "fiction"? I will see what unfololds.. I hope to be"frozen in"for months..., I got no computer(this is the third thing I have ever typed) but do write letters..
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
a graveyard of ships whose rocks and capricious weather
should be feared by even the most seasoned old salt. Yet,
the temptation to be one of the few who have met this
challenge (Cape Horners are even allowed to put their feet
up on the tablein the officers' wardroom in an English
warship) is as great as the danger, and the father and son
team of David and Daniel Hays are not immune to this
On one level, this is the day by day account of two men
who became the first Americans to sail around Cape Horn in
a sailboat under 30 ft long. The details of living and
surviving in such a small efficient space are fascinating,
not only to sailors, but to casual readers, who will marvel
at spending that much time closely confined with a family
member and no form of entertainment other than books or
On a deeper, and perhaps even more interesting level, this
is an account of the mental and emotional journey taken by
a father and son. Alternating between the voices of the
romantic, dramatic David, and his cynical, directionless son
Daniel, it is a vivid picture of a troubled but enduring
relationship. The two play off of eachother in the narrative
much as they must have played off of each other during that
year-long solitary voyage. As you read, you feel sometimes
the cramped environment of two such different men forced to
live in such a small space, and sometimes admiration, for the
almost wordless emotional partnership of two men who share
love for each other and for the sea; a partnership whose
strength is attested by their accomplishment.
Finally, it is subtly mythical tale of a father who learns
to acknowledge his son's adulthood, and a son who learns to
accept a leadership role in the family. Generations of
seafaring fathers weave in and out of the narrative and become
part of the heroic quest.
Sometimes jokey, sometimes over-sentimental, the narrative
tone varies wildly (and sometimes annoyingly) but the book
itself is easy to read and interesting, as the simple details
of the voyage open up the interior lives of the voyagers.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?