favourite sea novels

Discussion in 'All Things Boats & Boating' started by lazeyjack, May 10, 2007.

  1. bowfin
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    bowfin New Member

    timgoz,
    Thanks for the welcome and for asking. I'm in Pittsboro, just south of Chapel Hill, pretty much in the middle of the state.
     
  2. lazeyjack

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    maybe he meant that it was not born of knowledge, like Shute sailed, built planes, flew em, as did Conrad, well Conrad di not actually build planes< however Twain is my fave American, that man, would have, um, sorry no politics, carry on down the Tweed
     
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  3. Bergalia
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    Fair play Lazey, Tristran Jones does wear a funny yachting cap and has an earring...Isn't that qualification enough....
    :confused:
     
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    In addition to many of the classic books already mentioned, i offer one good and one bad (but both worth reading).
    Good = Sea Change by Peter Nichols. It's the true story of him sailing his boat alone across the Atlantic, because he needs to sell it to fund his divorce. It really captures the romance of the sea and is full of poignant tales.
    Bad = Wildtrack by Bernard Cornwell (author of the Sharpe novels). The most cliched load of tosh I've ever read, but a pleasant enough yarn. Like a poor man's Dick Francis, set on boats. A holiday book, at best.
     
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    ok mate, played his cards all wrong, the divorce, should have funded the boat? n'est pas?
     
  6. PI Design
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    You should have been his lawyer LJ!
     
  7. timgoz
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    Berg,

    I'm not trying to disrespect the man's (T. Jones) writing, found it very good reading. But I think he represents it as true life. Just recently read were much may have been embellishment or possibly fiction. Guess it does not matter if it was a good read.What would writing be w/o creative freedom. He Does have the scarred eye he attributes to a falling boom (gaff?).

    Tristan Jones passed away several years back if my memory serves me correct.


    PI,

    Tinkerbelle, by Robert Manry is a good read about a solo Atlantic crossing. He did it in an 13.5ft. modified Old Town lapstrake sailboat.

    My mom (in th 60's) was behind his wife in the license plate line, while he was making his crossing. Years later I found his book in our local library.

    TGoz
     
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    Personnally I find any Statutory Instrument (posh for laws in this country) damn good reading as most of it is pure fiction, not a moment of truth anywhere in most of em. Especially by the bloke wots just retired - one Toney B.Liar poodle to Mr Shrub (an other excellant fiction writer) of Iraq war fame!
     
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    Why havent you had a boat lazeyjack?
     
  10. Bergalia
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    Boat? He hasn't even got a lawnmower....:)

    And Tim, perhaps Jones did represent his adventures as 'real life'..but be honest such voyages (even if imagined) deserved to be real life. And of course the title of this 'post' is 'Novels'.

    Walrus, having raised the forbidden subject of politics (which I'd never do) - a 'joke' doing to rounds down here: (US readers should now avert their eyes) Q: "What's the difference between the Vietnam War and Iraq War ?"
    A:"George Bush had a plan to pull out of the Vietnam War..."
     
  11. timgoz
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    Thats a good one Berg :) (Bush Joke)

    Your right "Novels". But non-fiction was also being mentioned, such as Slocum.

    I think you have mentioned recently & awhile ago that you are a writer. Is that how you make your living?

    For several years I've been considering starting a book. It will be part adventure tales (mine & others known to me), part how to, and part, lets say, my philosiphy on life, in particular water related areas.

    My grammar is weak, but then again so was Slocum's. I do not want to write it for the $$$ but because I just feel I need to. Of course I would not turn it away.

    The first book I ever had was "The Sailor Dog" (Scuppers was his name) by Margaret Wise Brown. It sparked my imagination, and helped inspire a lifelong wanderlust in me. Maybe thats why I want to right.

    TGoz
     
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  12. Bergalia
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    More or less Tim. Few except the most brilliant can make a living entirely by writing (I of course am the exception..my briliiance yet to be discovered by a wider audience...********...) But I eke out an existence via 'the pen' (computer actually), my old age pension, and a small stipend for lecturing at local Uni here in NSW. And of course my wife is still a working community nurse (obscene money...) Finally I'm thinking of adding to the fund by selling my two teenage daughters....(The goat I'll keep in case the Freemasons offer me membership).
    I'll bung off an email to you Tim with some tips on getting published. And don't fret about grammar, punctuation etc...You should write 'as you talk' - it's easier to read, and more personal for your audience.:)
     
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  13. timgoz
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    Thanks alot Bergalia.

    TGoz
     
  14. lazeyjack

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    don't worry Tmbo, I'll correct your spellin' lesson one(write-- instead of right, rite?)
    Hey tim, you meet BillyDoc yet?
     

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    I started writing a novel about my life's experiences.

    I only wrote one sentence and I'd finished.

    Poida
     
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