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A Mile Down by David Vann
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Mar 12, 2009

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As someone who has limited nautical knowledge, I was able to gain a general understanding of the events depicted -- although I struggled at times to visualize them.

David Vann is an excellent writer; he has a keen storytelling ability. I enjoyed the writing more than I did the story, simply because I had a hard time sympathizing with his motives for building and rebuilding his yacht. There are some readers who will be more interested in the business side of the story, but I'm just not one of them.

All in all, it's a truly disastrous, and at times, triumphant story. His will power and determination are what make it worth the read.

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