Small Boat To Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America

Small Boat To Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America

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by John Vigor
     
 

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South African writer John Vigor, a columnist for an anti-apartheid newspaper in Durban appalled at restrictions on freedom of expression, gives up the life he loves, his home, and nearly all his savings to sail a 31-foot sloop with his wife and son across the dangerous South Atlantic for a new life in America.
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South African writer John Vigor, a columnist for an anti-apartheid newspaper in Durban appalled at restrictions on freedom of expression, gives up the life he loves, his home, and nearly all his savings to sail a 31-foot sloop with his wife and son across the dangerous South Atlantic for a new life in America.

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Sail Magazine
A well-written and thoroughly enjoyable book, Small Boat to Freedom is no mere sailing story. The interweaving of South African politics, the history of the places visited, and the emotions of their departure add much depth to this tale.
Ocean Navigator
Small Boat to Freedom is a heartfelt chronicle of escape and rebirth and will appeal to anyone who has ever been inspired to chuck it all and slip away on a high-seas adventure. An absorbing chronicle of how the Vigor family tests its resolve and skills in (a) serious ocean cruise to escape from their homeland, all the while remaining painfully aware of the not-insignificant fact that they have no jobs waiting (for) them when they reach their destination in America.
Publishers Weekly
Talk about dramatic exits. British writer Vigor and his family didn't leave South Africa for America just by buying plane tickets, but by boarding a 31-foot sloop and sailing across the Atlantic. This is the account of that improbable journey, and it's a compelling read, if rather belated. It was 1987, the old regime was crumbling, violence was rampant, and Vigor figured his family had lived through enough. It's that background of a dysfunctional nation, and the people trapped within it, that gives the book its unique texture. Separate currents racial politics, personal reminiscences and mano-a-mano combat with the sea come together to feed Vigor's narrative. As a longtime newspaper columnist, the author possesses an easy feel for language that hasn't deserted him. But the timing is somewhat odd, a fresh tale of a trip made 17 years ago. In the epilogue, Vigor attributes this to 9/11 and its aftermath; he had fled a regime which took away so many people's rights, and now he sees those same rights threatened again in his new country. An admirable statement perhaps, but it feels tacked on, after the rolling consistency of previous chapters. Still, the work's simple honesty is beguiling. Vigor seems to have absorbed the rhythms of the sea in his pacing: mostly gentle, occasionally bracing and leaving readers exhilarated for the experience. Agent, Julie Fallowfield. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574093032
Publisher:
Sheridan House, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,351,072
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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