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Posted October 7, 2007
Cork Boat is the enchanting story of a boy who had a dream as a child to build a boat out of corks. The book accounts for all of his struggles from gathering 165,321 corks to actually sailing it down the Douro River. It also describes the hassle of actually building the boat, and of the 100+ volunteers who helped him. John Pollack always had an interest in boating, and after many failed attempts to launch a boat, he decided to make one out of corks because they never sink. As an adolescent, John lost his younger sister while the family was on a trip. They were very close, and after her death, nothing seemed worthwhile to him. His sister and him were always playing games and pretending to b explorers. They both had a fascination with boats. Years after her passing away, he took a job as a speechwriter for President Clinton, but quit during his impeachment. After he quit he decided to make his dream come true and actually made the cork boat with the help of many people. It was held together entirely by rubber bands and strong netting to hold cork hexagons in place. The boat weighed over one thousand pounds and had six long hexagonal logs that helped to keep it afloat. He had to convince bar owners to help him, and had to win the support of the nation to make his dream come true. The first journey was just giving rides to people in the lake near their house, but Cork Supply U.S.A sponsored them so they could go to Portugal and sail down the Douro River. The trip was over 100 miles, and sailed through all of the major dams and locks on the river. If you like a story about adventure, friendship and especially corks, this is the book for you. This book makes the reader stop and think about what childhood dreams were abandoned and whether or not they should think about pursuing those again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2005
This is a fun story to read. However, a major fault is the lack of ANY photos of the boat! There are some small drawings and a map, that's the extent of the illustrations. Too bad!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2004
Taken on its own, the cork boat voyage is a joyful escapade, full of color and emotion. What struck me was the fact that the author undertook this crazy project as a means of cleansing himself and restoring his sense of innocence and and idealism after a time working as a speechwriter on Capitol Hill. In other words, what burns at the core of the magical whimsy of his boat is a broken heart. And that's what makes the book beautiful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.