Sailing Alone Around the World [NOOK Book]

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A blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities—Youthful fondness for the sea—Master of the ship Northern Light—Loss of the Aquidneck—Return home from Brazil in the canoe Liberdade—The gift of a "ship"—The rebuilding of the Spray-Conundrums in regard to finance and calking—The launching of the Spray.
In the fair land of Nova Scotia, a maritime province, there is a ridge called North Mountain, overlooking the Bay of Fundy on one side and the fertile Annapolis valley on the other. ...
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A blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities—Youthful fondness for the sea—Master of the ship Northern Light—Loss of the Aquidneck—Return home from Brazil in the canoe Liberdade—The gift of a "ship"—The rebuilding of the Spray-Conundrums in regard to finance and calking—The launching of the Spray.
In the fair land of Nova Scotia, a maritime province, there is a ridge called North Mountain, overlooking the Bay of Fundy on one side and the fertile Annapolis valley on the other. On the northern slope of the range grows the hardy spruce-tree, well adapted for ship-timbers, of which many vessels of all classes have been built. The people of this coast, hardy, robust, and strong, are disposed to compete in the world's commerce, and it is nothing against the master mariner if the birthplace mentioned on his certificate be Nova Scotia. I was born in a cold spot, on coldest North Mountain, on a cold February 20, though I am a citizen of the United States—a naturalized Yankee, if it may be said that Nova Scotians are not Yankees in the truest sense of the word. On both sides my family were sailors; and if any Slocum should be found not seafaring, he will show at least an inclination to whittle models of boats and contemplate voyages. My father was the sort of man who, if wrecked on a desolate island, would find his way home, if he had a jack-knife and could find a tree. He was a good judge of a boat, but the old clay farm which some calamity made his was an anchor to him. He was not afraid of a capful of wind, and he never took a back seat at a camp-meeting or a good, old-fashioned revival.
As for myself, the wonderful sea charmed me from the first. At the age of eight I had already been afloat along with other boys on the bay, with chances greatly in favor of being drowned. When a lad I filled the important post of cook on a fishing-schooner; but I was not long in the galley, for the crew mutinied at the appearance of my first duff, and "chucked me out" before I had a chance to shine as a culinary artist. The next step toward the goal of happiness found me before the mast in a full-rigged ship bound on a foreign voyage. Thus I came "over the bows," and not in through the cabin windows, to the command of a ship.
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  • BN ID: 2940148201465
  • Publisher: Bronson Tweed Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/11/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,133,622
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Sailing along side the Spray

    I stumbled across Sailing Alone Aound the World by chance. Slocum draws you into his world as he travels from port to port and battles gales and the deadly Southern Ocean. Throughout the novel we learn what it really means to travel solo and find interpeace.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2007

    What we all what to know.

    Being a Yankee Skipper, Capt. Slocum could probably relish his book¿s ability to still sell after one hundred and nine years. But the question on the reader¿s mind is still the one that annoyed him occasionally at ports of call on his voyage: ¿Where¿s the profit¿?¿ ¿What¿s the sense of trying to sail around the world alone, Captain?¿ or ¿Why read?¿ Captain Slocum may well have answered that, in his case, sailing beyond his geographical horizon took him beyond his psychological horizon. Not once, but so many times, that he found his place among men and intuitively his place in the universe. His is an account of a man discovering and being exactly where he¿s meant to be. What about us readers? Maybe we need the encouragement to find out, or, even, ask the question? Barnes & Noble combined a background and introduction that compliments the story well, so, read closely. If the story starts to read you continuing may lead to unsettling thoughts, feelings and questions. Careful, you know what Nazis did with that sort of book?

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Beautifully Written

    I bought this on a whim while I was looking through the B&N Classics section. Joshua Slocum writes so honestly and eloquently. Thoroughly enjoyable, this work will take you around the world and show you the indomitable spirit of an honest sailor.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Tall Adventure

    It's not Treasure Island but it is an epic true story of a man who sailed the earth alone. Knowing the story is true and the recurring dangers that Slocum faced will pull you through this great book. As for the format, it's easy to read and the occasional the sketches of scenes from the book are a pleasure to behold.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    A great writer! In my humble opinion Slokum should be considered to be among the greats, If you sail you must read this book, Slokum paints an incredible tale of a sailor who rebuilr an old broken down wooden sailboat, to sail around the world

    Considered with the greats Beariful prose tells of a sailor who restores an old dilapidared sailboat and sails it around the world single handed The Spray sails herself and overtakes ships with full crews An amazing boat Imagine pressing past Cape Horn only to find pirates on the other side If you sail you must read this captain's log i've never written a review before this, but I must encourage all who love great writing, great story telling, and a great story to honor this man bv reading his tale

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Great story

    Loved the adventures and tribulations. Great true story. Very memorable. Great writing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Follow with goggle map

    Found it to be a good book
    I followed Slocum's travels on Goggle Map which made it more interesting. I really liked the fact the book was free

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Couldn't udersrand plot

    Lots of typos i diliked it.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    An excellent adventure that will captivate you

    Slocum is a fabulous writer and his story will amaze you as you imagine his journey in a handmade boat over 100 years ago. I loved reading this and will no doubt read it many times in the years to come. A true classic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    typos

    Too many scanning errors to be readable.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Bad Scan

    Bad Scan

    Like so many of the free books available for the Nook, this scan is very poor. Pagination and printing is off. It may be a good book, but the edition fails as an ebook.

    It is not worth the trouble, and I am deleting it.

    I guess you really do get what you pay for¿

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Why this edition?

    I give this a 1 star, as this is a book that is in the public domain, I don't know why an "editor" would be needed as it has been edited and published before. This is a fine book and does not need editing. Again this is a book in the public domain, so just read the free version.

    Again this book is a 5 star, but this edition is a 1 star as it adds too much cost to the free work.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Annoying Scan

    This scan made it difficult to read. Story was ok. Lacking in description, especially while at sea.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    crummy copy

    This version was a mess, almost unreadable . I have to find a better copy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2015

    Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read (read it about 6

    Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read (read it about 6 times). Slocum's style is timeless, his humor is wonderful, his story is one of a kind and in fact no one else in the world can tell a story anywhere near this one. I've never even heard of anyone with nards as big and my dad had brass ones! Joshua tells an amazing and true story in this book, I'm proud to say it's by far one of my favorites! (I don't get paid for this - HA!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Xylie

    Umm hello

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 21, 2014

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    I so your qosts and want to qost u giys qost back

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Magik

    "Love you too." ((Bye))

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 13, 2014

    Ace

    "No......"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

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