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Coasting: A Private Voyage

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Awards

A New York Times Notable Book

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Put Jonathan Raban on a boat and the results will be fascinating, and never more so than when he's sailing around the serpentine, 2,000-mile coast of his native England.

In this acutely perceived and beautifully written book, the bestselling author of Bad Land turns that voyage — which coincided with the Falklands war of 1982 — into an occasion for meditations on his country, his childhood, and the elusive notion of home. Whether he's chatting with bored tax exiles on the Isle of Man, wrestling down a mainsail during a titanic gale, or crashing a Scottish house party where the kilted guests turn out to be Americans, Raban is alert to the slightest nuance of meaning. One can read Coasting for his precise naturalistic descriptions or his mordant comments on the new England, where the principal industry seems to be the marketing of Englishness. But one always reads it with pleasure.

Review:

"A lively, intensely personal recounting of a voyage into a gifted writer's country and self." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Coasting is a glorious book, written with energy, wit and a melancholy lyricism....There's something wonderful on every page of this book." The Seattle Times Post-Intelligencer

Review:

"Marvelously written and superbly constructed....The sort of book you put among those favorite books you keep on your desk or table...the sort you wish you had written yourself." Beryl Bainbridge, The Spectator

Review:

"Raban is...one of our most gifted observers." Newsday

Synopsis:

Award-winning and bestselling author Jonathan Raban applies his brilliant narrative talent to a classic account of his voyage around the serpentine 2,000-mile coast of his native England.

In this acutely perceived and beautifully written book, he turns that voyage into an occasion for meditations on his country, his childhood, and the elusive notion of home. Whether he's wrestling with a mainsail during a titanic gale or crashing a Scottish house party where the kilted guests turn out to be Americans, Raban is alert to the slightest nuance of meaning. One can read Coasting for its precise naturalistic descriptions or its mordant commentary on "the Merrying of England," but one always reads it with pleasure in the freshness and aptness of its observations.

Synopsis:

In this beautifully written book, the bestselling author of Bad Land turns a voyage along the serpentine coast of his native England into an occasion for meditations on his country, his childhood, and the elusive notion of home.

About the Author

Jonathan Raban is the author of Soft City, Arabia, Foreign Land, Old Glory, For Love and Money, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, and Passage to Juneau; he has also edited The Oxford Book of the Sea. Raban has received the National Book Critics Circle Award (for Bad Land), the Heinemann Award for Literature, the Thomas Cook Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Governor's Award of the State of Washington, and the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, among others. Raban lives in Seattle, Washington, with his daughter.

Table of Contents

1. Coasting 15
2. In the Archipelago 53
3. An Insular War 96
4. Hunting for Fossils 146
5. The Merrying of England 191
6. Voyage to the Far North 247
7. Envoi: A Peculiar People 292

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375725937
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Location:
New York
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Coasts
Subject:
National characteristics, british
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Great Britain Description and travel.
Subject:
Coasts -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Subject:
Travel-Great Britain
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Series Volume:
no. 11
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.10x5.40x.70 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375725937 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A lively, intensely personal recounting of a voyage into a gifted writer's country and self."
"Review" by , "Coasting is a glorious book, written with energy, wit and a melancholy lyricism....There's something wonderful on every page of this book."
"Review" by , "Marvelously written and superbly constructed....The sort of book you put among those favorite books you keep on your desk or table...the sort you wish you had written yourself."
"Review" by , "Raban is...one of our most gifted observers."
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning and bestselling author Jonathan Raban applies his brilliant narrative talent to a classic account of his voyage around the serpentine 2,000-mile coast of his native England.

In this acutely perceived and beautifully written book, he turns that voyage into an occasion for meditations on his country, his childhood, and the elusive notion of home. Whether he's wrestling with a mainsail during a titanic gale or crashing a Scottish house party where the kilted guests turn out to be Americans, Raban is alert to the slightest nuance of meaning. One can read Coasting for its precise naturalistic descriptions or its mordant commentary on "the Merrying of England," but one always reads it with pleasure in the freshness and aptness of its observations.

"Synopsis" by , In this beautifully written book, the bestselling author of Bad Land turns a voyage along the serpentine coast of his native England into an occasion for meditations on his country, his childhood, and the elusive notion of home.
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