“Wow!”Wayne Spivak wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Less adventure book and more tranquil meditation on sailing and world travel. Even when he was being chased by pirates Joshua imparted a tranquil air to his solo circumnavigation. It's easy to forget he spent his whole life sailing before attempting this journey. Very inspiring. ”axjms1 wrote this review Thursday, October 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"eNotated" to make it easier to understand the complex language and sailing jargon.”Natasha wrote this review Tuesday, March 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“More than one hundred years ago at the end of the century prior to the last a fifty-one year old man set sail for a trip around the world. Joshua Slocum capped his sea-going career with this trip in a sail boat, named The Spray, that he built himself and, upon his return, he memorialized his trip by writing the narrative of his trip, Sailing Alone around the World. His career had waned with the gradual demise of large sail-going ships and he put all of his years of experience on them, plus some help from friends and strangers along the way, into this voyage. The story he told about it still has power to grip the reader's imagination yet today.
Many incidents are shared as he travels from place to place and is in and out of danger on several occasions, mostly due to the vagaries of mother nature. Some of those incidents were survived mainly through his own good luck in combination with his sailing experience, for it is clear that nature is more powerful than any sailing vessel, surely one so small as his single manned craft. Early on in his voyage he is chased by pirates, but eludes them and goes on to enjoy the hospitality of the British at Gibraltar. Their would be more hospitality that he would experience during his long three year trip and there would be a deadly encounter with a native, but no more pirates. I was impressed with his devotion to reading which he kept up both with books that he took with him and books that he obtained along the way. This was undoubtedly a life-long habit and it must have been helpful as he sat down to narrate his travels upon his return. I also marveled at the ebb and flow of time as the journey seemed to go more swiftly than one would expect a span of three years to unfold. There was one theme that grew over the course of the story, Joshua was not alone after all. His sailing ship, The Spray, had become much more than a mere container bobbing on the waves. No, it had become his close companion whose heart and soul was one with Joshua - a wonderful occurrence that only seafarers and readers could appreciate. At the conclusion of the book I had admiration for this humble man who took on a challenge that would defeat most men much younger than his fifty-one years and who succeeded.
"If the Spray discovered no continents on her voyage, it may be that there were no more continents to be discovered; she did not seek new worlds, or sail to powwow about the dangers of the seas. The sea has been much maligned. To find one's way to lands already discovered is a good thing" (p 234)
“I just finished this book. My edition has "Introduction and notes by Dennis A Berthold" This is a delightful very enjoyable account of a former sailing captain's voyage arounf the world alone during the period from about 1895 to 1898. Sailing ships are an interest I've had for many years. I don't know how I missed this book. Easy to read if follow glossary of nautical terms at end of book.”Dale H wrote this review Monday, July 19, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“O primeiro solitário que fez a circumnavegação e escreveu sobre ela”Carlos L wrote this review Tuesday, June 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sailing Alone Around the World is a non-fiction book written by and about a man named Captain Joshua Slocum that is sailing around the world alone. Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail around the world alone. This book was a little too boring for me, but his story and his accomplishment were amazing. In his journey he meets pirates, nearly drowns in the ocean, and meets and lives with many strange people living on islands and other countries. In the next two paragraphs, you will see what I thought about this book.
Sailing Alone Around the World takes place in the late 1890s to the early 1900s. It is mainly about the adventure that Captain Joshua Slocum went on and the situations he encountered and the places he went to. This book was really slow and didn’t have much action. Also, he was going to and talking about places that I have never heard of. This caused me to always be a little lost on where he was and what was happening. Despite all of this, I am still amazed on his remarkable journey around the world. My favorite parts were when he was dealing with all of the pirates and savages while sailing the Spray. For example, he pretended to have two other men on his ship when he was passing the pirates so that they thought that he wasn’t alone.
I didn’t like this book because it was way to slow. I have been told before that sailing is an activity that is really boring, but occasionally has a very exciting part which is probably why I found this book so slow. Also, I didn’t know what places he was visiting which threw me off where he was and what was going on in the book. I would recommend this book to people that sail or people that know the world’s geography well. Captain Joshua Slocum’s feat and journey were amazing, but on a scale from 1 to 10 I would give this book a 5.
“Enjoyed Captain Slocum's narrative ”Doyle Clifton wrote this review Wednesday, March 31, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful first-hand account of Captain Joshua Slocum's solo navigation of the globe. Filled with everything from his at-sea observations, his parties on the land, and his thoughts about his home. Made me want to go to sea as well.”James B wrote this review Tuesday, December 15, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Of all the books of sailing adventures I have read, this book has been a reference noted with each sailor and in their libraries upon their sailboats. A true reference of one of the most noted and respected sailors of our time. A true must read for each and every sailor that has the love and passion for sailing and the open water. ”CAH wrote this review Monday, October 12, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No