- Narrated by: John Pollack
- Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-14-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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In recounting these adventures, Pollack skillfully meanders through fascinating arcana, from the cork wars to the history of rubber bands (some 15,000 of which help hold his boat together). He also offers an insider's look at the White House, where he was a Presidential speechwriter and enlisted navy stewards to save corks for the boat.
Written with unusual grace and disarming humor, Cork Boat is a buoyant tale of whimsy, adventure, and the power of imagination.
"Pollack's absurd quest seems not merely charming but heroic." (The New Yorker)
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By James on 02-13-04
Premise has promise..
..but the tale is maudlin, self-congratulatory, and in many places annoying. I was hoping for an uplifting triumph-over-adversity tale, but the only adversity were a few inconveniences brought on by the author's lack of common sense. (Really, would it have been so hard to check the prevailing wind direction on the Douro river, or to anticipate the possibility of sunburn in the Portugese summer, or realize that tides might play a role where the river meets the sea?)
I'm giving it two stars because portions of the book work as a travelog. But give this book a pass if you're looking for adventure.
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