"The Last Grain Race"
by Eric Newby
is truly invigorating , told in the first person it is the tale of E.N.'s
introduction to commercial shipping as an apprentice seaman aboard the
Finnish square rigger S.V. Moloshu in 1938. Previous to this journey he
had been working in a London advertising agency. At the age of eighteen
he suddenly finds himself with no previous experience "op the rigging"
100 feet above the deck in a pair of slippery leather soled shoes. Take
it from there, and it is a real joy to read this first-hand account in
modern English of a way of life that sadly no-longer exists.
"The Perfect Storm"
by Sebastian Junger
that you didn't see the movie; if you did, try to forget it. This book
is altogether a more serious and potent piece of work. Told in the quiet
mood of retrospect, Junger puts the 1991 Halloween gale and those who
were caught up in a desperate fight for survival in the terrifying face
of nature into personal, historical and fascinating meteorological perspective.
by Peter Benchley
all that's not enough for you. Try this 70's thriller - it'll keep you
up through the night.
by Herman Melville
I finished my A level Eng.Lit. I have avoided reading the classics, they
always seemed like homework. However have been meaning to read Melville's
great work for some time now. I apologise in advance for the mixed metaphor,
but this book certainly is a mouthful - Crikey!
I found certain chapters almost impossible to stay focused on and I will
admit to skipping, at times entire passages such as digressions on the
merits of certain biblical figures and their classical counterparts. I
honestly couldn't have made it through otherwise. Nevertheless, on the
whole this is a glorious and inspired composition, Humanity's strength
and frailty, the smallness of man in the big world, all told in impressive
and sonorous prose.
OF THE MONTH:
"In The Heart of the Sea"
by Nathaniel Philbrick
the true story of the Nantucket whaling ship Essex and her crew, which
in 1820 was struck and sunk by a rogue sperm whale nearly 2000 miles out
into the pacific ocean. The story which inspired Melville to write 'Moby
Dick" It is also an epic tale of the 93 days of hardship bravery
and sacrifice, as the crew in three 20 foot boats, attempted to reach
the safety of land with inadequate food and water. Ultimately it is the
story of the handful who actually survived - eating the flesh of their
dead shipmates, that Philbrick tells - with dignity and compassion.