Two Years Before the Mast [NOOK Book]

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Two Years Before the Mast is a book by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834 and published in 1840.

While at Harvard College, Dana had an attack of the measles which affected his vision. Thinking it might help his sight, Dana, rather than going on a Grand Tour as most of his fellow classmates traditionally did (and unable to afford it anyway) and being something of a non-conformist, ...
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Overview

Two Years Before the Mast is a book by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834 and published in 1840.

While at Harvard College, Dana had an attack of the measles which affected his vision. Thinking it might help his sight, Dana, rather than going on a Grand Tour as most of his fellow classmates traditionally did (and unable to afford it anyway) and being something of a non-conformist, left Harvard to enlist as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn on the brig Pilgrim. He returned to Massachusetts two years later aboard the Alert (which left California sooner than the Pilgrim).

He kept a diary throughout the voyage, and, after returning, he wrote a recognized American classic, Two Years Before the Mast, published in 1840, the same year of his admission to the bar.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013625181
  • Publisher: Seven Treasures Publications
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 324,432
  • File size: 957 KB

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Only fills half of nook's screen

    This copy only fills top third to top half of the screen. This makes it annoying to read given that you have to turn the page so much more often.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Love this book

    Couldnt put it down. The writing is descriptive and colorful. I thought I'd just skim through this book but in the end I didn't want to miss a word . Written in layman's terms for the most part you do not have to understand nautical terms to read this book. I had no trouble reading this on my Nook as someone earlier stated. They must be doing something wrong!

    If you enjoy history and want a true acvount of what life was like on a merchant ship or in California in the mid1800's you will love this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    A must read for anyone who has felt the call of the sea.

    Appearing on many top 100 must read lists, this book deserves the acclaim. You smell the salt air and feel the cramped quarters of the narrator, a Harvard educated young man who takes on the adventure of a lifetime as a common sailor in the 1830's. A poignant portrayal of nautical life and California's early days as a part of Mexico. A unique personal history that stands the test of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Fatty

    Yup!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Good book

    I went on the pilgrim for the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

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    'All hands on deck!' shouted the captain's booming voiceas it echoed throughout the ship. The captain told us we had a hard day's work packed ahead of us. We were sailing around the bottom tip of South America, Cape Horn. We were in for a trecherous sail and boy we were so tired from the last four months at sea that we did not know how we'd get through this. The captain ordered all the sails to be put down and none of us wanted to do it. We knew we'd have to do what the captain said. This book is about a boy who is wealthy and he attends Harvard University. His eyes had been hurting him so he went to the doctor and the doctor said he needed a while at sea. He signed on the pilgrim. He did not know in 1835 how a sailor was treated. The captain is nice at first, but soon he sees how much power he has and whips some men. He does not regret signing on the Pilgrim, but it is not his favorite 'vacation' either. Read this book to find out what happens. The message is that to have money you need to work. Work is not always easy. If you live in a nice home and are wealthy maybe you should try living in the hard life. It is not always easy to not have a lot of money. This book was interesting because if I had not read it I would not have known how sailors work and make a living. I think readers who are up for adventure should read this book. Just get ready for scary things! This book is very good and I think you should sign aboard the Pilgrim and dive into this adventurous true book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    Detailed, but exciting

    Dana's account of his travels around the Cape and along the coast of California paints an excellent portrait of the life of a 19th century seaman. Although the nautical terminology is at times difficult to follow, the story and characters are riveting. This is a classic among nautical tales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    A Classic Hit

    I thoroughly loved this book, and have passed it on to friends. My husband, who is a boat captain read it several times. One does not have to be involved with ship sailing to fall in love with this book.

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