Keep Australia On Your Left: A True Story of an Attempt to Circumnavigate Australia by Kayak
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Keep Australia On Your Left: A True Story of an Attempt to Circumnavigate Australia by Kayak

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Two men as different as night and day. One kayak. And 10,000 miles of the most beautiful but treacherous coastline in the world. You'd have to be crazy to think you could kayak around an entire continent, right?

But Eric Stiller admits: "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 15th 2002 by Forge Books (first published July 16th 2000)
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mark monday
it's hard to ignore the author's accomplishment (see: title), but it's even harder not to be annoyed by the continually shallow navel-gazing and wafer-thin assessments of the world around him. stronger ability at describing australia's fascinating landscapes may have made the overlong narrative a bit more bearable. as is, the strongest point of interest may be the re-casting of A Separate Peace with two guys on a kayaking adventure. but a whiny, lovelorn fratboy and a high-handed dilettante mode...more
Jun 09, 2009 James rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kayakers
You will either love this book or hate it. Or maybe both. Or neither. This is a book that can be experienced on many levels, and you'll just have to choose your own. Reduced to its essence, a name-dropping kayak supplier to the stars meets boy model from down under and together they fail to circumnavigate Australia (counterclockwise, of course, hence the title).
I do not mean to denigrate their accomplishment -- they truly experienced an adventure of epic proportions. But the whiny tone of the au...more
These guys had to be crazy - they attempted to sea kayak around Australia. Good adventure/travel read, but gets a little long toward the end.
May 19, 2008 Tracey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kayakers & those freespirited adventurers
Great combination for kayaking around Oz. The laid back aussie & his more organised technical partner. This book offered a great insight into a hither to unknown kayaking world; great attention to detail. But just a little bit to lengthy. However, good on ya!
Fascinating in theory, but the writer's way too self-absorbed, and there's over-the-top prose on occasion (also he uses words without knowing their meaning from time to time). Good for kayak lovers, though.
a great adventure...of course i need to fininsh that trip :-)
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