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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Anyone interested in history or sailing the California coast might enjoy this book as an simple introduction to those interests, but not as an in-depth guide to either.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I would have tied the historical side-trips in closer to the goings-on on the boat and the journey and created some sort of bookend to hold it all together. I would have given the reader more about the other members of the crew, backgrounds, interactions etc so we cared about them more. While giving California great historical and marine background, the author almost completely ignored Oregon and didn't make a single mention of Lewis and Clarke who waited there on the coast hoping for a passing ship after their triumphant journey across the continent. I would have given a great deal more weight to the end of the voyage and some sort of explanation as to what happened at the mouth of the Columbia and to Rodney Lambert's boat. A huge storm and a ship wreck at the end of the book, better dramatized would have felt better. The book would have felt complete. As it is, I'm afraid the book felt like a rough draft that was never fleshed out.
How could the performance have been better?
I don't feel that the reader had read the book before he recorded it.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment that there wasn't more to it. It felt rushed and incomplete.