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Pirate Looks at Fifty, A Paperback – 1 Nov 2000
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Jimmy Buffett "has gregarious charm . . . and a bottomless well of stories to tell. . . . Reading A Pirate Looks at Fifty is like sitting with Buffett at a beachside bar, listening to him spin tales . . . discourse on life . . . and share nifty bits of geography and history."
"Fulfilling his peripatetic pirate lifestyle fantasies, rocker Jimmy Buffett took his family on a three-week trek around the Caribbean in celebration of his 50th. His colorful travelogue is interspersed with memoirs of his youth and music career--both of which revolve around his continuing search for the perfect fishing spot. But Buffett also imparts useful understandings gained from childhood through parenthood, and a valuable account of what it was like growing up in the '50s."
"The fun-loving Man from Margaritaville parses his hell-bent half-century."
"Buffett takes the occasion of his fiftieth birthday to tell us about himself, and he does so with candor and modesty. The person who emerges is not the sort of rock star who trashes hotel rooms and slugs paparazzi, but a charming, decent, wry, kind, and contemplative man . . . . Buffett's evocation of the languid, louche Key West of the 1970's draws on the same well of affection as his best songs."
--The New York Times Book Review
"America's . . . good-time guy joins Hemingway, Dr. Seuss, and Steinbeck as one of the few who have topped both the fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists."
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For the millions of fans of Jimmy Buffett's music as well as his bestselling books, Tales From Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant?, here is the ultimate Jimmy Buffett philosophy on life and how to live it. As hard as it is to believe, the irrepressible Jimmy Buffett has hit the half-century mark and, in A PIRATE LOOKS AT 50, he brings us along on the remarkable journey which he took through the Southern hemisphere to celebrate this landmark birthday.
Jimmy takes us from the legendary pirate coves of the Florida Keys to the ruins of ancient Cartegena. Along the way, we hear a tale or two of how he got his start in New Orleans, how he discovered his passion for flying planes, and how he almost died in a watery crash in Nantucket harbor. We follow Jimmy to jungle outposts in Costa Rica and on a meandering trip down the Amazon, through hair-raising negotiations with gun-toting customs officials and a 3-year-old aspiring co-pilot. And he is the inimitable Jimmy Buffett through it all.
For Parrotheads, for armchair adventurers, and for anyone who appreciates a good yarn and a hearty laugh, here is the ultimate backstage pass -- you'll read the kind of stories Jimmy usually reserves for his closest friends and you'll see a wonderful, wacky life through eyes of the man who's lived it. A PIRATE LOOKS AT 50 is a breath of fresh air and a ingenious manual for getting to 50 . . . and beyond.
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The book falls far short of all objectives, stated or implied. It fails as a travelogue in the "Following the Equator" tradition lauded by the author (I love ya, man, but M.T. did it right - less "him" and more "where").
It comes as close to the juicy and captivating autobiography Buffett has the facts and faculties to pen as the Hemisphere Dancer came to logging water landings.
Fly-fishing seemed a fascinating pastime, until this book destroyed all latent desire.
And as a professional pilot with a wet compass stuck on "S" (and a little cherished Widgeon time), I read Buffett's aviation narratives to be more bragging fodder than meaningful, seasoned experience. Beware big brother and certificate actions, my man.
All of what put Buffett in the hearts of we wanderlusts everywhere was abandoned (in this tome) in favor of a repetitive, trivial and dragging act of self-aggrandizement. It is hard to reconcile the free concerts in Florida I attended years ago with his current "rubbing elbows with the stars" attitude (talk about "Changes in the [same]").
You are better than this, Mr. Buffett. Get back to the Caribbean soul we all know to be more interested in the "people, places and Caldwoods Rum" than the lifestyles of the rich and famous B.S. this book turned into. Tap back into that humility that gave your writing (poetry and prose) such an honest and frank appeal, and which this book conveyed so little of. Losing your perspective? I know - we know - because your fans still harbor those dreams. You can live it for us, we've always asked you to, but don't patronize, don't sensationalize, don't rub it in our face. You deserve your toys, your entourage, our envy, but discretion is the better part....you know.
You once wrote, "Fiction over fact always gets my vote." Hold that thought and go from there.
My endless fascination with the lower latitudes gave the book 2 stars. Buffett's knowledge of the Caribbean never ceases to invoke envy, and this book demonstrated that almost carnal intimacy. That it encompassed airplanes, the water and the tropics held my interest, but it was soon relegated to short reads during bathroom breaks.
Look forward to reading your next book - one that does your rich heritage justice.
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