Wayward Sailor: In Search of the Real Tristan Jones

Wayward Sailor: In Search of the Real Tristan Jones

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by Anthony Dalton
     
 

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The Life of Sailing's Best-Known Storyteller is the Most Incredible Tristan Jones Story of All

No one really knew Tristan Jones. He was larger than life, perhaps the most successful sailing writer of the twentieth century, and by his own account the greatest sailor. But he was not who he said he was. He told us what he wanted us to believe, and he told the

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The Life of Sailing's Best-Known Storyteller is the Most Incredible Tristan Jones Story of All

No one really knew Tristan Jones. He was larger than life, perhaps the most successful sailing writer of the twentieth century, and by his own account the greatest sailor. But he was not who he said he was. He told us what he wanted us to believe, and he told the tales so well that we either believed or suspended disbelief. As Anthony Dalton reveals in this uncompromising yet admiring biography, the real Tristan Jones was both a lesser and a greater man than his invention. Self-educated, self-taught, enormously creative, he was himself his most creative act.

"A thoroughly researched and absorbing account of Tristan Jones's lives—the one he created for himself, and the one he actually lived. This is a necessary book for anyone who has read Tristan Jones's stories with enjoyment or suspicion, or both."—Derek Lundy, author, Godforsaken Sea and The Way of a Ship

"I was enchanted from start to finish by Anthony Dalton's biography, in which he proves that Tristan Jones's most brilliant creation was his own fascinating life story."—John Rousmaniere, author, After the Storm; Fastnet, Force 10; and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

"[An] arresting study. . . . Dalton achieves stark poignancy. . . . Jones's story as related here should appeal to all those who love adventure, as well as to those who enjoy analyzing the wreckage of damaged, enigmatic and fascinating personalities."—Publishers Weekly

Anthony Dalton has been a professional expedition leader and adventure guide. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Fellow of the Explorers Club, his articles have been published in Classic Boat, MotorBoats Monthly, Ocean Navigator, SAIL, Sailing, Sea, and Yachting.

Anthony Dalton (Canada) is a writer, photographer, and adventurer. Dalton is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and his articles have appeared in Classic Boat, SAIL, Yachting, and other publications.

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Publishers Weekly
Photojournalist and expedition organizer Dalton writes of author/explorer Tristan Jones (1929-1995): "I uncovered the elements of a story woven from the exotic fabrics of deceit, ego, skill, immense courage, tenacity, sexual differences, and, eventually-murder." These qualities all appear prominently in Dalton's arresting study of a sailor who invented himself as a modern hero and kept embellishing the legend until truth and fiction were impossible to pinpoint. Dalton believes Tristan's supposedly seafaring mother was in fact from landlocked Lancashire. Following several voyages, which he later fictionalized, Jones decided to pursue writing seriously. His editor at Sail pronounced his first submissions "dreadful," then suggested he write his experiences in the form of a long letter, which enabled Jones to find his style. This talented mythomaniac, who claimed "[a]ll my stories are true. I just remember them differently each time," also took a stab at theater, invented a marriage no one could verify and, according to Dalton, was secretly gay. Alcoholism led him to brawls; health tragedies-amputation of both legs, emphysema-discouraged but didn't destroy his pugnacious spirit. Occasionally, in the author's zeal for accuracy, he makes Jones such a dark, unpalatable figure that he loses his mythic status and even human dimension. But Dalton achieves stark poignancy when he claims Jones was endowed with "extraordinary talents as a sailor. Given time he could have accomplished all that he claimed." Jones's story as related here should appeal to all those who love adventure, as well as to those who enjoy analyzing the wreckage of damaged, enigmatic and fascinating personalities. Maps. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780071440288
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
06/11/2004
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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