Sailing Alone Around the World

Sailing Alone Around the World Captain Joshua Slocum s solo voyage around the world in the foot sloop the Spray in undoubtedly stands as one of the greatest sea adventures of all time His classic narrative of this mi

  • Title: Sailing Alone Around the World
  • Author: Joshua Slocum
  • ISBN: 9780911378207
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Captain Joshua Slocum s solo voyage around the world in the 37 foot sloop the Spray in 1895 undoubtedly stands as one of the greatest sea adventures of all time His classic narrative of this 46,000 mile circumnavigation of the globe continues to enjoy immense popularity throughout the world.

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    1. Check out how awesome this Joshua Slocum dude is. He's old, he's on a boat, he's got a badass straw hat. He doesn't care that he looks like a doofus with it on, which makes him that much cooler. He was the first person to circumnavigate the world alone (and that means to sail all the way around it, for you greenhorn scallawags out there).When he was nearly a few scores old, he shoved off from Newport, Rhode Island (without his wife/cousin Henrietta or his many children) in his trusty Spray to re [...]

    2. HIS LUCKY NUMBER WAS THE 13"My voyages were all foreign. I sailed as freighter and trader principally to China, Australia, and Japan, and among the Spice Islands. Mine was not the sort of life to make one long to coil up one's ropes on land, the customs and ways of which I had finally almost forgotten.""Perhaps he had heard of my success in taking a most extraordinary ship successfully to Brazil with that number of crew""To be alone forty-three days would seem a long time, but in reality, even h [...]

    3. This is the type of book that reaches out to you. I am not a sailor and much as I love and respect the sea, I usually get sea-sick. But it was an adventure to read this book, which is written with a precision and candidness that draws one to the tale.Slocum didn't just accomplish an incredible feat, he left a written record of an age long gone. He writes of cultures that have now disappeared amidst the wave of consumerism. When he is at sea, I swear you can smell the salt air and hear the ocean. [...]

    4. This was one of the most influential books that I have ever read. I read it while still in my teens. Growing up in a seafaring (Naval) family I was able to sail from age eight. At eighteen, when other teens were looking for their first car, I bought (from an eighty-two year old widow) my first yacht, a 1928, wooden hulled A Class gaff rigged sloop that had sunk at its moorings during a storm. With a lot of help, I raised it, refurbished it, and lived on it for the next eighteen months. I then jo [...]

    5. ☆1/5☆DNF @ pg 47. I had too high expectations for this one, I guess. •writing style (cut short sentences) is not for my liking;•very slow paced book;•adventures are not so exciting, I caught myself thinking about others things while reading it. And it's not a good sign. -.-

    6. In a word, this book is delightful. The author, Joshua Slocum, did something truly remarkable. He was the first human being to ever sail alone around the world. Yet, perhaps the best part of this story is his style of presentation. Slocum is laid back, self-effacing, and actually quite funny. Some of the great lines were, "My singing has never inspired envy in others." and "He was a bearish man, and I've met a bear before." Upon coming across an uncharted island, Slocum promptly named it after a [...]

    7. This used to be required reading for Massachusetts high school students. Joshua Slocum was the first to sail solo around the world. Still crazy to this day. The story was great in detail and local interest for the places it dealt with. I love Slocum's writing at points, but like Moby Dick, at other times I feel I'm just pushing through to get to the good parts again. His historical detail and places he visits is not only a good story worth reading, but if you think about it for a moment, the tim [...]

    8. One person's adventure is not necessarily another person's adventure.Sailing Alone Around the World is Joshua Slocum's self-narrated account of his solo voyage around the world in the 1890's. Everything about his voyage is worthy of being told. His voyage was made without radio, radar, GPS systems, or aircraft at the tail end of 19th Century. When Slocum sailed out over the horizon he was alone, known to no one, and to perish meant that he would simply disappear. But his narrative comes across a [...]

    9. Joshua Slocum, a New England sea captain, in his retirement built a sloop that he named the Spray. In it he set out in 1895 on a solo journey around the world. Three years later he again landed in New England having traveled some 46,000 miles circumnavigating the globe. This little book is his account of the journey. The style of the man and his writing is direct, humble, educated and thoughtful, the account of a man with oceans of schooling but little of the carefully prescribed learning prized [...]

    10. Joshua Slocum is exactly the sort of person you want to sit down and have a drink with. He is humble, hilarious, and full of great stories. Considering this is a book about navigation, it is remarkably understandable and intriguing. I would highly recommend this one to teenage boys who like adventure and any adult who loves a good, true, seafaring story. Well worth the time. (Though I enjoyed this as an audio book, I think it might have been easier to physically read it, as I could have used a m [...]

    11. One of the great maritime autobiographies, beginning in New Bedford--well, across the harbor in Fairhaven where Slocum reworked an unpromising vessel for a year or slightly more. An old oyster sloop, it had been out of commission since 1885 when seven years later Slocum was offered it for free, moving it from Poverty Point up to his house on the Acushnet River. I taught Sailing Alone a couple times to my Freshman Comp class at a local community college, the last in a five book course that would [...]

    12. I picked this book off the shelf a few years back, because I realized it was the story behind a song that loved. This book really didn't do anything for me. There was enough technical jargon to be confusing to a newbie like me to the sailing world, but not enough to give any real information on how he sailed. In fact, I'm not fully sure how he filled so many pages, because it felt like he hadn't said anything by the time I reached the end. It seemed to mostly be a story of hopping from port to p [...]

    13. In 1895 Joshua Slocum, forced from the sea when square riggers finally lost their place permanently to steamships, rebuilt a small oyster smack and began to sail it around the world. Radio was in its infancy and the world was not quite completely at war yet. He left Boston and tried to sail around Cape Horn three times. Failing this, he went the other way, completely around the world.Along the way he was greeted as a hero, feted by yacht clubs and navies, chased by pirates, buffeted by typhoons [...]

    14. I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, and I still think about it daily. That is the mark of a great book to me. Josh Slocum was not afraid of the ocean, he understood it's every breath. When you read this tale you feel like you can do it too, and I rank this with one of the most impressive feats that a person could accomplish even today. This is basically the old man's diary. He tells the state of the world from a worldly perspective, in other words he's seen both sides of the globe and he [...]

    15. I'm not going to say much about this book because I don't have enough superlatives. Simply said, if you want to read (or listen, in my case) to an adventure memoir that takes you around the world, is narrated by a grandfather-like character and has dry wit, this is your book. I loved it! I would not be surprised if I picked it up again.

    16. I thought I would like the 189o's style of writing. Hey, heading off on a globe-girdling trip in your home rehabbed 36 footer is gutsy. I had heard of this saga.But it did not fill my sails. I surmise that 38 months at sea would get to be tedious. That is what I started feeling.

    17. I loved reading about his route and tracking it on Google Maps as I went through the book. And also his experiences with the locals on all the islands and capes. His tendency to "humble-brag" every other chapter became annoying really fast and by the end of the book I was glad to put it down because of it.

    18. Note: The edition I read was the free Gutenberg Project electronic text, an edition not listed here. The text was adequate, but like many free ebooks it had been made by optical character recognition from an old library book and had many typographic errors.Sailing anywhere alone is dangerous enough to be exciting, even if you don't leave sight of land. Sailing alone around the world is a tremendous accomplishment even today. Imagine, then, what it would have been like to do it in the late 19th C [...]

    19. Despite the recommendation from a fellow member of the Adventure Reading Group I was a little leery going in as I thought that due to 1899 copyright date the writing style might be a little too old school and bland. But reminding myself how much I’ve enjoyed Melville and Thoreau encouraged me to go for it. The writing style is surprisingly smooth and light (although I wouldn’t quite call it a page-turner, it requires focus). Captain Slocum had a lot of machismo but he also didn’t seem to t [...]

    20. After hearing about this book many times (in the NYT Book Review, various online publications), I finally decided to sit down and read it. A man, all alone, sailing around the world with his tiller lashed and reading belowdecks, what's not to love? Quite a lot, actually. Slocum glosses over the parts that would interest modern readers (storms at sea, exotic islands) and belabors his meetings with now insignificant historical figures, e.g. ships' captains, colonial governors, and Mrs. Robert Loui [...]

    21. How I envied Captain Slocum when he described days spent in peaceful reading, his bark gliding over sunlit seas, always bang on course - even after hundreds of miles. I did not envy him at all when wild seas broke over him, and he spent exhausting nights reefing sails and untangling rigging. I have done a lot of sailing - thanks to being the son of a fanatical yachtsman - but I have never been more than a semi-competent deckhand. Slocum's unerring navigational instinct filled me with awe, especi [...]

    22. More than a century lies between Slocum's voyage and my reading of it, but I finished the book wanting more details. The sea is an endless fountain of tales of human folly and wit, but Slocum's rendering of his voyage sticks to just the facts. Here and there a rare window opens onto the soul of this remarkable tale from the sea, but more often than not I wanted to hear more about the sailing, about the storms, about the island paradises, and about the dolphins ! Slocum's brevity did make the boo [...]

    23. What an undertaking this was! While reading this book I was continually amazed at the understated courage of Capt. Slocum and his thorough knowledge of the sea. He has this way of making it sound almost every-day, or, at least not nearly the astounding endeavor that it really was. I remember reading “Dove” by Robin Lee Graham when I was a teen, and loving it to bits – but this journey by Slocum has a whole different flavour. (I picked it up because Jack London referred to it several times [...]

    24. The title says it all. This is the true story of the American who decided to sail around the world by himself in a boat that he built. It takes place during the late 1800's, when steam was taking over commercial freight. The journey is full of adventure and altruism. He runs from and shoots pirates, battles storms, avoids warships in hostile waters, dines with noblemen and women stationed or vacationing around the globe, and mixes with the locals in the south pacific. And he is usually welcomed [...]

    25. If I was the first person to sail round the globe solo - in a wooden boat I designed and built - I'd think I was awesome.If Joshua Slocum felt that way he doesn't show it, and that's what I really like about this book. There's lots of description of amazing stuff, but mostly it's about things he saw, rather than the stuff he did. For example:"On the tenth day from Cape Pillar a shark came along, the first of its kind on this part of the voyage to get into trouble. I harpooned him and took out hi [...]

    26. I loved this book. Slocum's circumnavigation of the world was an incredible feat, but the greatness of the story is the way he went about it. He came across an old clam boat sitting in the middle of a field in New England and fixed it up - the boat was about a hundred years old already! He fixed the boat up and set off. He wasn't motivated to set the record of the first solo circumnavigator, but just loved the adventure. He was self deprecating throughout the book - he always gave credit to the [...]

    27. first person to solo sail around earth. good writer, funny, salty, not too misanthropic, and incredible navigator. this edition has very nice intro by thomas philbrick, and is illustrated, maps, nice bibliographynce then, a biography has shaken the slocum-lovers world and turns out he was yes, a circumnavigator, but also sailed the last sail powered commercial ship, and almost sunk it and fought off mutiny (a black black mark on any captain, no matter how justified), got busted for playing a lit [...]

    28. Why? Because this is the ultimate travel book. This is the relation of a one-man journey literally around the world on the surface of the ocean before the existence of radios and other nice, self-preserving gadgets. In the very late 1800's, this man, a professional sailor, took his final voyages by himself in a tiny though well constructed sloop. Without big bucks. Facing the travails of the sea alone. I don't think any of us today can really appreciate what he faced. And no one hereafter ever w [...]

    29. This is as fine a sea yarn as has ever been crafted. Slocum got the notion, built his own boat by hand, set sail around the world by himself and returned to his home port of Brier Island Nova Scotia to tell the tale - and what a tale it is!You can taste the salt air in the pages and by about page 10 you can only put it down long enough to pour a beer, after all you can't leave the tiller unoccupied on a solo voyage in a mid-atlantic gale!

    30. I gave this book 4 stars because I LOVE real-life adventure of any kind. To a fellow lover of this kind of book, I would actually say it is a 5 star book, but to those not equally inclined, it may be a 2 or 3 star. Hope that makes sense. All about Cape Horn and its extremely difficult currents that have sunk multitudes of ships. The Straits of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, the fascinating and gruelling life of the indigenous Indians.

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