Sail Away

Sail Away

Stories of Escaping to Sea

Book - 2001
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Something happens when men and women put a plank between themselves and the water and set out on a voyage, whether for a day or a lifetime. Now Sail Away brings together the very finest writing about travel on water by a stellar crew of writers. Among those to be included are Joseph Conrad, Jacques Cousteau, Roald Dahl, Lawrence Durrell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E.M. Forster, Ernest Hemingway, Thor Heyerdahl, Jonathan Raban, Paul Theroux, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, David Foster Wallace, and Evelyn Waugh. Packaged as the perfect companion to Beach, with atmospheric photos by Beach photographer Mittie Hellmich, Sail Away will be an important addition to the tradition of best-selling books about ships and the sea.
Publisher: New York : Marlowe & Co., c2001
ISBN: 9781569245842
Characteristics: xv, 332 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Len├ęcek, Lena
Bosker, Gideon


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"'Oh, it's dreadful!' he muttered, dropping his strong bald head, without trying to understand, without thinking what it was he found so dreadful. Then, from habit, he keenly inspected his short fingers with their gout-hardened joints, his large almond-shaped, almond-colored fingernails, and repeated with conviction, 'It's dreadful...' But just then the dinner gong boomed for the second time, sonorously as in a heathen temple. And, getting up hurriedly, the gentleman from San Francisco tightened his collar still more with a tie, drew in his stomach with a waistcoat, put on his coat, straightened his cuffs, and looked himself over in the glass once more. 'That Cannella girl, olive-skinned with artifice in her eyes, like a mulatto, in her flowery orange dress, must be an exceptionally good dancer,' he mused. And briskly walking out of the room, he followed the carpeted corridor to his wife's room next door and asked in a loud voice if they would be ready soon. 'In five minutes!' his daughter's voice, lilting and already gay, called back. 'Fine, said the gentleman from San Francisco." "All the way down to the beach they had lagged behind together, though he bade them 'Walk up, walk up,' without speaking. Their heads were bent down, their heads were pressed down by some remorseless gale. Speak to him they could not. They must come; they must follow. They must walk behind him carrying brown paper parcels. But they vowed, as they walked, to stand by each other and carry out the great compact---to resist tyranny to the death." "The sea was beautiful, the sky pure. Scarcely could the long vehicle feel the broad undulations of the ocean. A light breeze from the east rippled the surface of the waters. The horizon, free from fog, made observation easy. Nothing was in sight. Not a quicksand, not an island. A vast desert."

PimaLib_DanielS Oct 28, 2015

I have always loved the ocean, which is weird for someone who has spent most of his adult life in landlocked locations (like Tucson). Of course, I was drawn to this collection. For the most part I wasn't disappointed. Without exception, the short stories were outstanding - even though they were all very different from each other. Unfortunately, the excerpts from longer works felt like they were added to boost the page count of the book to make it look more substantial. They tended to be too short to really draw me in as a reader and generally seemed poor choices. This would have been a much better anthology if it had just stuck to short stories.


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