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Voyage of the Liberdade

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Great mariner's thrilling, first-hand account of the wreck of his ship off the coast of South America, the 35-foot "brave little craft" he built from the wreckage, and its remarkable, danger-fraught voyage home. A 19th-century maritime classic brimming with courage, ingenuity, and daring.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 27th 1998 by Dover Publications (first published 1994)
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Glad this was a short book (non-fiction "novella" as it were), as I never got used to the author's rather verbose, corny style. I suppose it may well be the way Victorian sea captains spoke, and I assumed that the narrator faithfully reproduced that effect, but the result just wasn't for me; had this been a full-length work, I doubt I'd have finished it. The final hour (25%) consists of a second-hand tale from the South Seas written by Slocum, based on reports he says he "translated" with the ai ...more
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Sep 25, 2013 純一郎 長谷川 rated it really liked it
His first book describing his adventures at sea, Voyage of the Liberdade follows the early adventures on the high seas of American sailor JOSHUA SLOCUM (1844-1909), who would later become the first man to sail alone around the world. First aboard the Aquidneck and then later the Liberdade and journeying from New York to Uruguay to Rio, Slocum and his crew battle harsh weather, sickness, and murder as they ply their trade. This is a real-life adventure written by one of America's premier seamen w ...more
Aug 01, 2013 Calbraith rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how easy this was to read. Written in 1888 by a man that made his living as a seaman. His writing flows really well; A good story teller that grabs and keeps your interest.
A fun and often exciting read. Surprising for a 'travel journal' from 125 years ago.

I would have loved to have read candid foreword written by his wife or kids who traveled in his 'canoe' with him. Would have been interesting to hear her opinion of the voyage.
May 28, 2016 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Not quite as well-constructed a book as 'Sailing Alone Around the World', but with the added joy of wondering what on earth his wife was really thinking as this maniac sailed his way up the Americas. I can't believe I've lived this long without knowing about Joshua Slocum.
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I can't help but wonder how this book would have turned out if Slocum's wife wrote it, or either of his sons. I'm sure it would have been written very differently.
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A remarkable story. Not as thrilling as his circumnavigation story, but every bit as engaging.
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Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey 'Sailing Alone Around the World', which became an international best-seller. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.
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