The Odyssey Of Sunraker

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Arthur Graham Howard, M.D.

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Arthur Graham Howard, M.D.

The Odyssey of Sunraker

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  • ISBN-13: 9781432724733
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/17/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

    Wow, What a Ride!

    This books reads really well. I could not put it down. Three evenings is all it took for me to finish it and I was sorry that it ended. The author has a way with words to describe the struggle he had to fit into his religious upbringing, the choices it caused him to make and to then live with those choices. This is not just one more book of a trip around the world in a relatively small boat, it is also a biography of a man who did it HIS way, in the end finding the happiness that he craved. He starts out as a professor of music but wanting to be a conductor. He changes careers to become a physician, becomes wealthy but looses all in a devastating house fire. He marries, becomes a father of four daughters, divorces, has lovers, but nothing fulfills him. So he chucks it all, buys a boat and takes that trip around the world that takes much longer than he thought, with a years-long break to work as a doctor in a South African hospital during the time of apartheid, eventually going back to work as a physician in the US. There he rediscovers his love for music to which he dedicates a lot of his time once he finally retires.
    This is much more than just a book for sailors. The technical language is left to a minimum so non-sailors can appreciate the trip also. The deplorable conditions in the South African hospital while described raw are not so graphically described to turn off the average reader. This is a book that lets you look into the thinking of one man who truly loves humanity and who has struggled with his own demons to finally find peace.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

    Virtual Reality Around the World

    Being a nurse and musician friend of the author, I was very interested in his adventures. What surprised me was that I lived his experiences with him, in his childhood, his music, his world travels and his medical experiences. It was virtual reality! This book will make a terrific movie! It is a story of a man with a brilliant mind, rising to life's challenges. Through his great organizational skills, ingenuity and creativity, the crew survives boat damage more than once in horrendous weather conditions. His compassion to humanity remains as he extends his medical skills to others around the world. An adopted cat becomes part of the adventure. The friends he describes become the reader's friends and the clever way the tale is related allows the reader to follow them after the adventure. He deftly handles some interesting and untrustworthy personalities he meets. His rigorous medical training and later incredible surgical experiences in S. Africa will make each of us more appreciative of our USA medical care. Get out your world atlas and travel along!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

    Amazing courage and determination

    amazing courage and determination, January 31, 2009 <BR/>By Wolfgang Hoppe (Ashland, OR, USA) - See all my reviews<BR/> <BR/><BR/>Being a friend of the author, I was looking forward to his book with great anticipation. Whatever expectations I had were immeasurably exceeded! <BR/>The subject matter, a successful doctor chucking it all and sailing around the world in his own, relatively small sailboat, is fascinating by itself. But, his recall of detailed events in his life, even very early times, is amazing and his openness in sharing intimate details is astounding. <BR/>This is a very readable book, letting us see the sometimes painful experiences of a child, young man and husband, his taking stock, "chucking it all" and taking us with him on a fabulous sailing adventure around the world, lasting several years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2008

    This has something for the sailor--amazing story; the medical doctor--read the chapter on obstetrics in a black hospital in Apartheid South Africa; psychologist as the author tries to answer the question posed by the subtitle.

    A fascinating read. Can't believe one guy could cram this much into one life. A music teacher at high school and college level with a Masters in Music. Then as a medical doctor practicing in the rough and tumble of general practice, he finds time to follow his passion to conduct a symphony orchestra. After the collapse of two marriages, he teaches himself how to sail and eventually heads out on a circumnavigation, which lasts eight years. During this odyssey he ends up as a landlubber in Africa and becomes chief of obstetrics in a black hospital during the Apartheid era in South Africa. Finally realizing he is pushing 60 and has no means of retirement he practices another 10 years in Southern California. But during that time he picks up his violin again and becomes active in chamber music even giving concerts. And lastly he becomes a luthier and to date has made two violins and two violas, which he plays.<BR/>You will have a hard time putting this book down!

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