Thursday, April 04, 2013

Timeless Books Recommended

New Bern, NC

If you love books about the sea and about sailors, I have three (free) recommendations.

The symbolic father and mentor of all us cruisers is Joshua Slocum.  He is the first man to sail alone around the world.  His book, Sailing Alone Around the World, is so popular that it is still in print and has been continuously in print since 1899.  You can download it free here.

Less well known is Slocum's book The Voyage of The Liberdade, published in 1890.  I promise, it is a spellbinding tale.  Albeit true, it reads like a Clive Cussler novel.  You can download it free here.

Much better known is Two Years Before the Mast by Henry Dana.  Although published in 1869, the language is such that it reads like a modern novel.  This book is even honored in The Worlds Greatest Books. It is Mr Dana's account of what life was like for ordinary commercial seamen in the 19th century.  You can download it free here.

Not only do I like these three books, I like them enough that I re-read them every few years.  There is only one other book I like enough to reread it every few years, but it is not about sailing.  You can download it free here.

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