Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the age sixty, he decided to leave that all behind to sail around the world. In spite of his romanticized vision of rugged individualism and salty tales to share with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realizes that sailing around the world isn’t going to be as easy as he’d imagined. From a psychotic crewmate, sleep deprivation, and mental breakdowns, to stormy weather and hallucinations, Cosgrove rides the waves, holding on as best he can to his dream of “doing something grand.” Alone, and thousands of miles away from everyone and everything he loves, he is forced to ask himself one question: What in God’s name am I doing here?
In his attempt to avoid the inevitable (growing old, weak, frail), Cosgrove runs amok. He breaks his budget to outfit the boat and then refuses to read the manuals. He enters unfamiliar harbors in the dead of night, hires a violent first mate, and sails headlong into ferocious storms. In the midst of his adventures, he longs for the simpler days when his four daughters were still children, when his first marriage was still intact, and when his future still seemed bright and expansive. Though driven by scenes of sheer terror, absurd folly, and deep inner searching, Cosgrove keeps his sense of humor throughout his harrowing journey.
Imperfect Passage is the story of one man’s perseverance against Father Time and Mother Nature, proving that with enough will, one can, in his or her own way, conquer the unconquerable.
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Many facets of the story were disappointing, but the fact that he gave up his quest to circumnavigate and thus NOT achieve the lofty goal he set for himself was the most disappointing part of the book.
Absolutely not! My partner and I are about to embark on our own sailing adventure and we are hungry for knowledge from others who have lived this dream. It also gets us excited and keeps us motivated listening to great sailing stories. This story did cause my partner to comment how lucky he is....several times :) So something good came of it!
He did a great job of sounding like an arrogant, wealthy, Californian: so he was the perfect narrator for this book.
This book is about a 60 year old man missing his very high maintenance girlfriend so he gives up on his adventure and has his boat shipped back to the states from New Zealand thus ending his journey on a bad note (mentioned in other reviews). His incessant whining is tiresome. This is not a sailing around the world adventure story as I thought it would be. As a woman who dreams of sailing to far away places, I cringe every time he mentions "his Sally". She is the antagonist in this story and not at all likeable. She wont even stay on the boat with him when she comes to visit him in Tahiti. Yuk! If your looking for a real sailing adventure story I suggest "Islands Oceans and Dreams", by Michael Salvaneschi. He too misses his family and thus ends his adventure AFTER an almost decade long circumnavigation. The story is ripe with adventure, friendship, & far away places. I am in no way related to or know the author, I just appreciate when other reviewers give me options when searching in this genre.
The worst story about "sailing" I've ever heard.
I can't imagine who would like this.
This book was advertised as a story about a sailing adventure. There was very little sailing in it. Most of the time, the author spends complaining about why he doesn't want to be at sea. And when he's not at sea, he complains about not being at sea. His decisions are poorly made, then he complains about his situation. What a whiner.
The way he read the book was fine. It was the content that was intolerable.
The entire time he spent in the south pacific. He complains about everything. He doesn't seem to engage with the people around him. The scene where he hits another boat, then attempts to blame the other captain for his mistakes. Several hundred musings on how much he loves and misses his family. Ugh.
If you think you're picking up a story about sailing, think again. This story will not inspire you.
- Anonymouse "Robert/Laurie"