“ Eight years under the mast ” is the story of a dream fulfilled. A journey around the world on a thirty-three foot sailboat. The author takes the reader from an idea and proceeds in steps facing the reality of pursuing a vision many have. It will not be easy removing oneself from society and walking away from friends and family. Can a man write his own destiny? Is the risk of adventure worth the hardships sure to follow. Is paradise to be found? Maybe some of these questions will be answered in the readers mind as he is transported to new and strange worlds. Explore new thoughts and introspection as the author asks many critical questions of his own life. Sail with Bonnie and Gary on “ The Road Not Taken ” and take a road less traveled and wanting wear.
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I struggled to finish the entire book just to ensure that I would review it fairly... it was difficult. Gary is to be congratulated for managing to sail around the world despite his crippling fear, all-consuming narcissism and rage towards his (now) ex-wife. There are absolutely no sailing lessons to be drawn from this book. In fact, Gary doesn't appear to even like sailing (its dangerous and nerve racking at every turn). It is a memoir of his travels and the people he met along the way. In reading those you will quickly learn that for Gary there are four kinds of people in the world: 3rd world natives that he can befriend (feel superior to) and who could teach all of us the path to a better life, fellow travelers who share his skewed view of life (very small group), people who have big problems that Gary can diagnose in 25 seconds or less (the rest of us) and women... That last category is further broken down into unpleasant ones (read: B-word) and those with desirable physical attributes (which are explicitly detailed in the book). Even better are the latter ones who were also trying to "signal Gary that they found him irresistible" (a fact he did not notice at the time due to his commitment to his then marriage). Two quick examples: Gary goes skinny-dipping alone and is joined by two women from another boat. Life is good and he has no choice but to enjoy the show! Later he is with his wife and another man and they all end up skinny dipping. Gary is suddenly consumed with angst about his wide being naked in front of another man. The second is even better. Informing us halfway through the book that his marriage ends badly, Gary shares the advice that when a man is treated this way the only proper response is to find another wife with bigger/better ta-ta's... and then tells us that he did exactly that! Wow, I hope she doesn't read his book... I hope you are getting the message. This book was written by an over-grown hormone with delusions of enlightenment. His wife taught him to sail, shoulders half the burden of maintaining the boat all while suffering his constant googling of other women, his double-standards of conduct, him declaring himself Captain and reserving all final decision-making, and on and on. Frankly I can't figure out why she put up him for as long as she did... From a writing perspective, Gary tosses in the requisite number of unrelated famous quotes, a smattering of simplistic and ignorant commentary on economics and the sins of the wealthy to justify his bashing of America and prove his love of the 3rd world (mostly based on a book written in the 1950's that he picked up in a book swap), and the lack of editing that leaves you with frequently repeated thoughts (sometimes whole passages of text). There is simply no way this book would ever appear in print... Finally, I am male and not generally thought of as "gender sensitive" (as my wife and daughters would readily attest). This book is so blatantly hostile to women that even I was offended.