Following the end of an exceedingly brief romance, Kevin Patterson found himself experiencing a bout of self-pity "histrionically out of proportion to anything that could have been justified by events". On an impulse, he bought a sailboat called the Sea Mouse and made plans to sail her from the north-west of Canada to Tahiti. The only boat he'd ...Read MoreFollowing the end of an exceedingly brief romance, Kevin Patterson found himself experiencing a bout of self-pity "histrionically out of proportion to anything that could have been justified by events". On an impulse, he bought a sailboat called the Sea Mouse and made plans to sail her from the north-west of Canada to Tahiti. The only boat he'd ever been on until then was a ferry. This work is the in turns hilarious and harrowing account of that journey. Having recruited an equally broken-hearted companion (who at least knows how to sail), Patterson sets off, seasick and slapstick, to burn away his sorrows on the open water. But as they beat their way across the Pacific, the voyage soon takes on a sharper edge. Both the literature and the reality of masculine adventure begin to pall as Patterson realizes that travel alone is not an antidote. Through anecdotes and asides, he throws his own adventure into sharp relief, and on his way home, when he finds himself sailing single-handedly across the North Pacific through a four-day gale, conscious that no one on earth has a clue where he is, the illusion that men are best tested by loneliness and adversity cracks in the forces of the wind.Read Less
Very Good in Very Good, Not Price Clipped jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) First edition, first printing as evidenced by a complete number line from 1 to 10; signed by Kevin Patterson on the title page with no inscription; some edge wear to boards and dust jacket; otherwise a solid, clean copy with no marking or underlining; collectable condition.
If you get seasick just reading about about storms on the ocean, don't read this book. If you are a sailor who takes his/her task seriously, don't read this book. If irresponsible, selfish people drive you crazy, don't read this book. But if you want to learn about the majesty of the Pacific Ocean or delve into the inner recesses of a man's mind, then do read this book. The narrator irritated me no end because he was such a shallow , thoughtless person, but I was still fascinated by him. I kept reading to try to figure out what motivated him. I wanted to know if his epic journey would change him. Who could go through what he did and not be changed, I wondered. You'll have to read the book yourself to see if he does.
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