Boat: A Memoir of Friendship, Faith, Death, and Life Everlasting

Boat: A Memoir of Friendship, Faith, Death, and Life Everlasting

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by Michael Baughman
     
 

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The unlikely relationship between Boat, an old Hawaiian sage, and a young boy in need of a father figure.See more details below

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The unlikely relationship between Boat, an old Hawaiian sage, and a young boy in need of a father figure.

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William Wiegand
“This book is a treasure: vivid, humble, smart. There's nothing fashionably enigmatic about "Boat," the adult Hawaiian who works on Waikiki beach and befriends the athletic young haole schoolboy, Mike, who is equally straightforward. What Boat has to offer helps Mike, even as he leaves the Islands, to seek his own "place" in any often lethally angry world, and to find the near mystical moments of pure joy.”
Harvey Meyerson
“A gem of a book. It makes you want to be there with Mike, sharing his gutsy journey to manhood; and Boat's guiding wisdom speaks to all of us. Bravo, bruddah!”
Steven Hawley
“Growing up in an age starkly defined by war, violence, greed, alienation, depression and loneliness, Baughman deftly lays out the terms of his own salvation, as he learned them from an unassuming native Hawaiian surfer, spear-fisher, and beach keeper named Boat. Listen to heart, soul and body as well as mind. Find your place, care deeply for and know intimately the land and water there. Grow deep roots amongst family and friends. Fight like hell when you have to. Have faith in love. Believe that miracles are possible. Other people write about these things. But no one writes about them like Mike Baughman. His prose reads like a rich stretch of secluded ocean beach: quiet, clean and clear, a salty sparseness on initial encounter that belies an embarrassment of riches just below the surface of things. Boat pays high tribute to the miraculous good luck of a simple good life.”
Robin B. Carey
“The memoir is as brawny, lyrical, and clean as the waves and the vision it celebrates. Baughman's journey to manhood leads through breakers and blood, friendship and love, to an ending that compels respect.”
Ron Jacobs
“Those of us who were raised there understand that Hawaii was a place like no other in the decade following World War II, a remote island territory soon to become our most unique state. Michael Baughman captures that time, the place and its people just as they were. His kinship with the native beachboy known as Boat develops in unexpected ways and also covers unique territory, ranging from street-fights to spirituality and revealing life as a gaudy anuenue (rainbow) of fellowship and high adventure.”
Lawson Fusao Inada
“This memoir provides access to what lies beyond assumption and illusion. Every setting has heart, life.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611454932
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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William Wiegand
This book is a treasure: vivid, humble, smart. There's nothing fashionably enigmatic about "Boat," the adult Hawaiian who works on Waikiki beach and befriends the athletic young haole schoolboy, Mike, who is equally straightforward. What Boat has to offer helps Mike, even as he leaves the Islands, to seek his own "place" in any often lethally angry world, and to find the near mystical moments of pure joy.

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