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The Cruise of the Snark


Jack London writes about his own voyage across the Pacific in the Snark. Knowing little of navigation, he set out from San Francisco to Polynesia and Melanesia with his wife and two crew, in a schooner whose defects included a tendency to leak and a refusal to face up to wind when hove to. Hide synopsis

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Rediscovering Jack London

by bookclubmember on Apr 2, 2010

Jack London was my first favorite adult author when I was growing up, so when my Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Book Club suggested his cruising adventure I gladly agreed. I'd forotten how good his descriptions were, and enjoyed his dry wit as he faced trying, dangerous situations. What began as a round the world adventure ended up as an unhealthy ordeal in the South Pacific. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read, and discuss this sailing adventure. It is a classic on par with Slocum's "Sailing Alone Around the World".

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