This is the true story of a Harvard graduate who forsook his studies for two years of the grueling life of an ordinary seaman. This exciting tale was the first to realistically describe the lives of the roughly treated, poorly paid sailors of the merchant marine.
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Yes, unless the reader is a sailor and knows the pronunciation of the technical terms. The reader was excellent in mastering these unknown terms.
I know of no other.
His pronunciation appeared accurate, and he dramatized the various characters.
No. It needs time to digest and to research the geography of various locations mentioned, especially in the area near the Anartic.
Should be required reading in all California high schools.
- Carole B. Regan
Interesting, informative, and real
This book ranks among my classics near the top of the list. It is not my favorite but I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that this is an actual account of what it was like to be a deck hand so long ago. It truly is a slice of history preserved in time.
The navigation among the "ice islands" was very memorable. One could almost feel the cold and see the icebergs.
I thought he did a fine job. He really brought the book to life.
No, because of the length but otherwise my attention was caught the entire time.
I am glad this book is available to us and am saddened by all the accounts of other professions that must have been lost to us over the years.
- aaron gilbert