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Classic Sailing Stories: Fifteen Incredible Tales of the Sea

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Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat with Ernest Shackleton, sail the Straits of Magellan with Joshua Slocum, or watch with Owen Chase as an angry whale sends his ship to the bottom, thousands of miles from the nearest land. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair. Shackleton and Chase persevered in the face of travails that would have given even Job pause. Their stoic accounts are stronger and more dramatic for their total lack of affection, their frankness, and their lack of ego. Their gripping stories are custom made for the imaginative reader who seeks adventure in a more controlled environment, safe and warm, and well fed. Civilized readers with their armchairs anchored firmly to the living room floor.

Rich in drama and history, here are fifteen stories that will entertain, inform, and inspire--enduring stories that have attracted generations of readers.

With contributions from:

William Shakespeare

Aaron Smith

Joseph Conrad

Erskine Childers

Joshua Slocum

James Fenimore Cooper

Herman Melville

Richard Henry Dana

Jerome K. Jerome

Edgar Allan Poe

Richard Hakluyt

Robert Louis Stevenson

Owen Chase

Ernest Shackleton

Synopsis:

Breathtaking adventures, unsurpassed dramas, and poignant tales that have stood the test of time.

Synopsis:

Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat with Ernest Shackleton, sail the Straits of Magellan with Joshua Slocum, or watch with Owen Chase as an angry whale sends his ship to the bottom, thousands of miles from the nearest land. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair. Shackleton and Chase persevered in the face of travails that would have given even Job pause. Their stoic accounts are stronger and more dramatic for their total lack of affection, their frankness, and their lack of ego. Their gripping stories are custom made for the imaginative reader who seeks adventure in a more controlled environment, safe and warm, and well fed. Civilized readers with their armchairs anchored firmly to the living room floor.

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The sea--and man's relationship with it--have inspired many of the world's most preeminent writers. And why not? Dramatic, powerful, benign, soothing, foreboding, exhilarating, unforgiving--the oceans of the world have provided both setting and inspiration for some memorable tales. It would be difficult to compile a list of truly classic writing about the sea without including the likes of Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Daniel Defoe, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, William Bligh, Joshua Slocum, Ernest Shackleton, Jerome K. Jerome, and a host of others. The trials of life at sea--an unexpected storm, a hull-crushing ice floe, capture by pirates, or a grounding on a forbidden reef--have long drawn readers of all ages and tastes to the best in vicarious travel and just plain good, entertaining reading. Whether it's the understated Shackleton's account of perhaps the most arduous and potentially lethal small-boat journey ever undertaken; or first mate Owen Chase's frightening description of watching helplessly as his ship, the New England whaler Essex, is rammed and sunk by an angry whale thousands of miles from land; or Slocum's depiction of a perfect day alone at sea, these stories will entertain and inform. Man and the sea--a classic combination.

About the Author

Tom McCarthy grew up on the Great Lakes. His love of sailing and the ocean is the driving force behind this collection of stories. The editor of Pirates!, Incredible Pirate Tales, and Incredible Tales of the Sea, he lives in Guilford, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585747641
Subtitle:
Classic Sailing Stories
Editor:
McCarthy, Tom
Editor:
McCarthy, Tom
Author:
McCarthy, Tom
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Location:
Guilford, Conn.
Subject:
Sailing
Subject:
Seafaring life
Subject:
Sea stories, American
Subject:
Sea stories, English
Subject:
Sailing - General
Subject:
Water Sports
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
First
Series:
Classic
Series Volume:
108-40
Publication Date:
20140401
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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Breathtaking adventures, unsurpassed dramas, and poignant tales that have stood the test of time.

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Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat with Ernest Shackleton, sail the Straits of Magellan with Joshua Slocum, or watch with Owen Chase as an angry whale sends his ship to the bottom, thousands of miles from the nearest land. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair. Shackleton and Chase persevered in the face of travails that would have given even Job pause. Their stoic accounts are stronger and more dramatic for their total lack of affection, their frankness, and their lack of ego. Their gripping stories are custom made for the imaginative reader who seeks adventure in a more controlled environment, safe and warm, and well fed. Civilized readers with their armchairs anchored firmly to the living room floor.

"Synopsis" by , The sea--and man's relationship with it--have inspired many of the world's most preeminent writers. And why not? Dramatic, powerful, benign, soothing, foreboding, exhilarating, unforgiving--the oceans of the world have provided both setting and inspiration for some memorable tales. It would be difficult to compile a list of truly classic writing about the sea without including the likes of Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Daniel Defoe, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, William Bligh, Joshua Slocum, Ernest Shackleton, Jerome K. Jerome, and a host of others. The trials of life at sea--an unexpected storm, a hull-crushing ice floe, capture by pirates, or a grounding on a forbidden reef--have long drawn readers of all ages and tastes to the best in vicarious travel and just plain good, entertaining reading. Whether it's the understated Shackleton's account of perhaps the most arduous and potentially lethal small-boat journey ever undertaken; or first mate Owen Chase's frightening description of watching helplessly as his ship, the New England whaler Essex, is rammed and sunk by an angry whale thousands of miles from land; or Slocum's depiction of a perfect day alone at sea, these stories will entertain and inform. Man and the sea--a classic combination.
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