Song of the Sirens
Song of the Sirens is a classic. Newsweek
Few men have lived a life of such challenge and adventure as Ernest K. Gann. Most of all, this is the story of Gann's most beloved vessels, his seventeen sirens, from the beautiful 117-ton brigantine Albatros to the incredible Butterfly - hardly more than a raft with patchwork sails - and the diminutive and flawless Thetis, who coul
Gann places the reader squarely in the left seat, 50 feet above the roiling white-caps, and makes them feel everything that he did.
One turnoff for me was Gann's occasional references to women that were unflattering and old school. He grew up in pre WW2 times and his attitudes reflect it.
Sad to hear of the end of his boat - Albatross. The sea can be cruel!
It gets a little boring in the middle but the excitment of the story will carry tour through.
The Story is well named since the sea does call men to it. Men can also love the ships they sail on. They are called she.
After earning his pilot license, Gann spent his much of his free time aloft, flying for pleasure. The continuing Great Depression soon cost him his job and he was unable to find another position in the movie business. In search of work, he decided to move his family to California. Gann was able to find odd jobs ...more