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sterling hayden, the man who wrote this book, was a man of many stripes. a quick read of his wikipedia page informs us that he stood 6 feet 5 inches tall, and that among his many pursuits he was a film actor in such films as, "The Asphalt Jungle", "Johnny Guitar" and Robert Altman's version of "The Long Goodbye" co-starring opposite elliot gould-- and then a soldier and spy in WWII and foremost, a "sailor man", the calling he felt most strongly. he wrote an autobiography entitled Wanderer which ...more
Voyage reads like Whitman and Melville in a drinking contest, recognizing the attraction and dangers of the sea, the highs and lows that come with living on your own terms. Hayden had lived most of his life on a boat. When he lived in France, he lived on a boat in various docks. His love for the sea began at Long Wharf in Boston and Sausalito is where Hayden set his last anchor. NY-born and patrician Bogart had a schooner named Santana, and Hayden had his schooner Wanderer. There is no doubt tha ...more
This historical novel begins and ends with the marathon voyage of a four-masted barque from New England to San Francisco around Cape Horn, but the story reaches deep into the evolving moral and political fabric of the United States as the end of the 19th century approaches. While the maritime details obviously draw on Hayden's own experiences at sea, the characters and dramatic tensions are intense, from the level of internal dialog to that of societal self-definition. In the early pages the den ...more
Loved every moment of this book. The story is fresh, the writing magical, but, (view spoiler)[ we don't get to see the evil Otto Lassiter buy it. Really? We loathe this man and are waiting for the entire crew to corner him and string him up in the sails during a storm. And the ending rather sucked. We know Harwar's a drunk and all, but heroes are supposed to overcome their hamartia. (hide spoiler)]
This is one of my favorite books. I had to search for it for several years. (this was before amazon.com) Sterling Hayden had an exciting life and this book shows his depth of knowledge of the sea and his imagination. It shows full well what a person puts at risk when they take the sea as a life.
Sterling Hayden was an American actor and author. For most of his career as a leading man, he specialized in westerns and film noir, such as Johnny Guitar, The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing. Later on he became noted as a character actor for such roles as Gen. Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). He also played the Irish-American policeman, ...moreMore about Sterling Hayden...