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Wayward Sailor: In Search of the Real Tristan Jones
He died in 1995, but his nautical adventure books continue to bring entertainment and escape to legions of fans worldwide. He was larger than life, perhaps the most successful sailing writer of the twentieth century. But, as Anthony Dalton's meticulously researched biography reveals, Tristan Jones was not who he said he was. "Wayward Sailor" began as an uncomplicated tribu ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by International Marine Publishing
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Although this was easy to read and didn't take me long to get through, by the end I was beginning to dislike the author more than I disliked Tristan Jones, in spite of the latter's compulsive avoidance of the truth. This was because Dalton seemed to focus more intently on what Jones did not do, rather than on what he did do. This gave the text the complexion of a character assassination, rather than a biography. Moreover, at times I felt almost sympathetic towards Tristan Jones, given that Dalto ...more
I read this book, about a Welsh sailor, because I had just finished studying abroad in Swansea, Wales for a semester. I love Wales and I love sailing so I figured this would be the book for me. The amount of research behind this book is to be marveled at, but the book itself is a bit tedious because of it. I felt as though for every line of truth about Tristan Jones, there were few of those, had to be backed up by thirty pages of evidence - no exaggeration. It is a good and fascinating read, but ...more