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Sailing Alone Around the World

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
By: (1844-1909)

A sailing memoir written by seaman and adventurer Joshua Slocum, who was the first person to sail around the world alone, documents his epic solo circumnavigation. An international best-seller, the book became a great influence and inspiration to travelers from each corner of the globe. Additionally, Slocum is an example that through determination, courage and hard work any dream can easily become a reality.

Written in a modern and conversational tone, the autobiographical account begins with Slocum’s description of his hometown of Nova Scotia and its maritime history. He illustrates the town as a maritime province of Canada, where many vessels have been carved and built from widespread spruce commonly found in the area. The author then goes on to tell of his dedication and hard work invested in rebuilding an old sloop which he subsequently named Spray. It was this tiny boat that accompanied Slocum on his monumental single-man voyage. The journey began in April 1895, when the adventurer set sail from Boston and traveled to various locations around the world, exploring the local nature, culture and meeting many interesting people along the way. The author recounts his experience through a sequence of adventures, most eminent being his encounter with pirates, an attack by indigenous locals and perilous occurrences at sea. Holding most appeal in the book is the fact that the voyage took place in a time without the comfort and security of modern technology, which only intensifies the excitement and emphasizes the true danger faced by Slocum in the many unpredictable situations he finds himself in.

Apart from being an exceptional mariner, Slocum is an equally talented narrator, as he depicts events which are not only entertaining to read, but also hold great historical and cultural significance considering the time of his journey. Well written and engaging to the very last page, Sailing Alone Around the World is one of the finest examples of travel literature ever written.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 7 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 14, 2015
Subject: Marvelous Work
Many thanks to Alan Chant for his masterful reading of this life-changing book. His English delivery is charming, and beautifully complements the writing. The book itself is a first-hand account of an epic adventure undertaken by a man at the end of his rope. If you love sailing, and yearn to go beyond the horizon, you MUST read/listen to this book.
Reviewer: - August 25, 2014
Subject: Sailing alone around the world
Wow! Very well done!
Reviewer: - March 27, 2014
Alan Chant did a wonderful job of reading this book. Probably the most enjoyable audio book I have listened to.
Reviewer: - November 13, 2013
Subject: Awesome sailing story!
I am a sailor, and this book is inspiring. Slocum mixes the daily log with an entertaining and historic account of his journey. Wonderfully read.
Reviewer: - September 7, 2013
Subject: Beautiful and Nostalgic
Awesome. Such a beautiful story. I hope everyone reads this book.
Reviewer: - September 2, 2013
Subject: An impressive adventure!
It's wonderful how life beats fiction. Very well read too, highly recommended!
Reviewer: - March 4, 2013
Subject: nice story
Well read, very enjoyable read. I'm a sailor who sails on a small lake in Mississippi.... it was fun hearing some nautical terms.

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