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Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat Hardcover – 28 May 2009

4.2 out of 5 stars 202 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sort of Books (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956003834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956003836
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.2 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Often amusing, occasionally laugh-out-loud and generally good fun. (The Courier Mail, Australia 2009-08-08)

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A top ten bestseller --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
A very well written book, in which the author at no time tries to impress us as to his own qualities, never hiding his potential inadequacies. He gives a graphic, gripping account of the hardships and dangers involved in sailing a small boat on a wild ocean.
An excellent read.
(Review by Steve Foley, South Wales)
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I've just read this book and have to say I think it's Chris Stewart's funniest yet. It is a bit of a departure, as he heads out to sea, instead of describing life at home on his farm in Andalucia. But it has all the laugh-out-loud description and self-deprecating charm of "Driving Over Lemons" and his earlier books. And you don't need to be remotely interested in sailing to enjoy it. After all, the book starts with Chris taking a job to skipper a yacht in Greece for the summer, having never set foot on a sailing boat. So it's not all boom-and-tiller talk. More a tale of misadventures. The chapters on how he learns to sail are hilarious: like when he is trying to make his way back up the Solent river against the current, engine full on, with the boat completely stationary while drinkers at the pub on the river bank look on. The descriptions of Greece are equally funny, as his boat catches fire in the midst of the island fiesta. And then there is a complete shift of scale as he embarks on a trip across the north Atlantic, from Brighton to Newfoundland. This gives a real sense of what an ocean journey on a small boat is like and, this being a Chris Stewart book, its absurdities - not least the perils of peeing over the side of a boat in a freezing, force ten gale. All in all, hugely recommended - fun and life-enhancing. More please!
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Intrigued by the title and as someone relatively new to sailing I picked up a copy from Amazon to take on holiday. Flew through it. A really easy read, written in a style that means that there's enough descriptive language to convey the moment but not so much that it gets in the way of the story bounding along. Had me laughing out loud in a number of places also felt the seriousness of the more edgy moments.
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The book is very small, more like a readers digest story than something you would expect from Chris Stewart. If you are expecting (as I was) a book that tells you about life in Spain and the trails and tribulations that are meet along the way, then this is not one of them. I throughly enjoyed the Lemons trilogy but this comes no where near the quality or quantity of those three books. Yes there are some humourous parts in there, but in the main I got the feeling that the author wrote the book in haste and it seems it was just about financial gain for him which he does elude to in the book. All in all had I read reviews like this before I purchased the book, I would not have bought it. Disappointing
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Well written is high praise from me. I love Chris's style and subtle humour. No belly laughs but you find yourself smiling constantly as you read this book. After "Driving Over Lemons", this is my favourite of all his books. Really well worth a read, it is undemanding in a good way.
He takes you through several types of the sailing experience and makes all of them fun, although one of them would not be fun to me if I had to live through it. Chris is made of sterner stuff than I am and he always succeeds in finding the joy in everything he writes about.
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My friends own and live on a boat off the coast of Spain. Their lives are nothing like this, the Jean de Florette of sailing. If you're not familiar with the author (like myself) do not go into this expecting/hoping for Chris Stewart to be some kind of 'Everyman'. He is not. Chris Stewart is the kind of man who, come a nuclear apocalypse, would be the guy who kept a level head and told everyone else how best to survive and organise themselves. He's the type of guy who every other guy would like themselves to be but knows they are not. Most men in these same circumstances would probably have died horrible, pointless, misguided deaths. In the film adaptation of his life he will be played by Hugh Grant who will revitalise his career by winning a golden globe award for his nuanced portrayal.
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Having read and enjoyed Chris Stewart's 'Driving Over Lemons' memoir, I grabbed this book when it came on offer. This is really two stories, one retelling how he came to learn to sail by the simple expedient of having volunteered to skipper an elderly American couple around the Greek Isles despite having no relevant experience. The second recounts a hazardous journey following the steps of the Vikings when they discovered North America. I'm no sailor, so I probably didn't get the full benefit of the stories but I did think that the second tale seemed like an exercise in masochism in which a number of people (including a child) were put at great risk for no apparent reason. But, as I said, I'm no sailor.
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I always enjoy Chris Stewart's books and was surprised at how much I enjoyed this tale of his sailing activities. He made it all sound so interesting when it could have been a very boring read. I was puzzled by the couple who took their four year-old daughter on the voyage and could not imagine why anyone would want to expose such a young child to the dreadful dangers of the North Atlantic. Very enjoyable book.
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