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Riassunto: Below the Cape of Good Hope and south of Australia lie the feared latitudes of the "Roaring Forties," where non-stop westerly gales push huge seas, unimpeded, around and around the bottom of the world. It was into this watery hell that, in 1942, Vito Dumas set sail in a 31-foot ketch, outfitted with makeshift gear and provisions and a stoic indifference to the privations he would endure. His 20,000-mile voyage through the vast Southern Ocean set many records, including first solo sailor to round Cape Horn and first to sail around the world with only three landfalls.
From the Publisher: What Are “The Sailor’s Classics?” No one meets the ocean on quite such intimate terms as the sailor in a small boat. No one experiences a solitude more absolute than that encountered by long-distance single-handed sailors like Joshua Slocum or Bernard Moitessier. Since the early nineteenth century, when Byron and Shelley put to sea in their own boats in order to set themselves adrift in nature at its most turbulent and unruly, writing and sailing have gone hand in hand.
There have been writers who sailed—Wilkie Collins, Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hilaire Belloc, Jack London, E.B. White, William Golding, John Barth, Thomas McGuane, Geoffrey Wolff—along with a multitude of sailors who wrote, from Slocum and John Voss to Tristan Jones and the father-son team of Daniel and David Hays. After nearly two hundred years, the literature of small-boat voyaging under sail is enormous, and every publishing season sees more additions to the list.
It is the function of The Sailor’s Classics to recognize and celebrate the relatively small number of truly important books in this library. Some have been chosen because the voyages they describe are themselves of unignorable merit; some because the sheer brilliance of their writing demands their inclusion. Most combine in equal parts serious nautical interest with literary excellence.
As general editor of the series, I am always trying to keep in mind the bookshelves on my own 35-foot ketch. A proper ship’s library isn’t restricted to books with boats in them, of course; I wouldn’t happily set sail for more than a day or two without novels by Dickens, Trollope, Evelyn Waugh, and Saul Bellow, and poetry by Pope, Keats, Tennyson, Hardy, Philip Larkin, and Robert Lowell. The big question is which small-boat voyages can stand up in such exalted literary company? Not very many is the honest answer, and half the function of an editor is to know what he must reject. The books that won’t figure in the series are as important as those that will.
We won’t be publishing quaint curiosities. Period charm does not make a classic, and though I have a soft spot for, say, Nathaniel Bishop’s Four Months in a Sneak Box (1879), and an even softer one for Maurice Griffiths’ The Magic of the Swatchways (1932), they won’t be found in The Sailor’s Classics. Nor will the many salty “yarns” full of the faded yo-ho-ho of generations past. Whimsical accounts of family vacations afloat (the obligatory adventure with the dog and the dinghy...) will be left to gather dust in peace. So will all those melancholy solo voyages in which the writers go to sea in order to discover themselves.
There remain the books whose vigor has not dimmed with the passage of time, whose voice is as alive and meaningful now as it was on their first publication—the books that should be essential reading for every literate sailor. No. 2 in the series is Richard Maury’s The Saga of Cimba, first published in 1939; No. 4 is The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall, first published in 1971. They are perfect examples of what I mean: one a loving close-up portrait of the sea in all its moods, written by a master mariner with an astonishing literary gift; the other a study, by two journalists, of a man who lost touch with reality during the course of the first singlehanded round-the-world yacht race. Each—in its very different way—is an indispensable book. Each contributes an important thread to the larger pattern in the carpet, which is the great, various, and intricate design of the literature of small-boat sailing.
The Sailor’s Classics will surprise our readers with its richness and complexity. Since Homer’s Odyssey, the voyage has supplied one of the classic forms in literature—both as a grand metaphor for life itself in the long passage from birth to death, and as a sequence of tests and adventures. Equally, the boat (and especially the small boat) has long stood as a symbol of selfhood—a fragile ark bearing the journeying soul to its destination. Hilaire Belloc put the matter beautifully in The Cruise of the Nona:
"The cruising of a boat here and there is very much what happens to the soul of a man in a larger way... We are granted great visions, we suffer intolerable tediums, we come to no end of the business, we are lonely out of sight of England, we make astonishing landfalls—and the whole rigmarole leads us along no whither, and yet is alive with discovery, emotion, adventure, peril and repose." Those five nouns should be emblazoned above The Sailor’s Classics: it is from the interweaving of discovery, emotion, adventure, peril, and repose that the pattern of sailing literature is made, and we shall do our best to honor each and every one in our selection of the best books ever written about life aboard small boats at sea. Jonathan Raban
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Descrizione libro International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Good, some minor foxing to edges, book has slight bend. Shelf wear to dust jacket. ABE estimates international rates, actual rate charged may decrease or increase based on size of item. Buyers will receive an approval request if shipping is greater than the default amount. Codice libro della libreria 1705030028
Descrizione libro International Marine/McGraw Hill, New York, NY, 2001. Soft Bound. Condizione libro: Very Good. No Jacket. Pictorial soft covers with minimal shelf wear. Spine is square. No creases. Content is crisp, clean, no markings or creases. Inscription on verso of FEP. Map of the Cruise of Lehg II. Frontispiece is a portrait of Vito Dumas in oil skin. An excellent copy. 171 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 029355
Descrizione libro TAB Books Inc, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Codice libro della libreria CHL2309891
Descrizione libro TAB Books Inc 01/07/2001, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Book is in very good used condition. The cover does have small signs of shelfwear. Codice libro della libreria 125196-4
Descrizione libro International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0071376119
Descrizione libro International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press 2001-07-19, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: good. 1. 0071376119. Codice libro della libreria 600219
Descrizione libro International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0071376119
Descrizione libro International Marine/Ragged Mo, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Almost new condition. Codice libro della libreria P010071376119
Descrizione libro International Marine/Ragged Mo, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria P020071376119
Descrizione libro International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, Camden, Maine, U.S.A., 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. 0071376119 Book and dust jacket are like new. A nice copy. ***PROMPT, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE!***. Codice libro della libreria A38269