It s interesting reading this book as a teenage girl when it was first published and then again as a middle aged woman The romantic notion of sailing around the world alone, with only cats for company, stuck with me over the years I often refer to this book even now Even though I was not a boater, for many years after that first read I had a dream of sailing around the world I read the book this time as a wiser woman and a discerning reader what I saw was all the hard work that went into this trip, the almost crippling loneliness, the quality of the writing storytelling, the courage of the young woman who became his wife who was also traveling the word alone This book may be the impetus for my strong desire to travel and to travel while I was young rather than wait until I was retired and to know that it s possible as a woman to do so I have traveled extensively for work and pleasure, by myself and with groups I married someone who loves to travel and who also loves boats So while I ve not sailed around the world I much prefer the comfort of a hotel , I have lived a modified version of that dream Any book that influences inspires you is worth reading. An amazing feat sailing single hand around the world but this guy rubbed me all wrong Most galling was a long passage where he rails against the destruction of the ocean environment by modern society and then tosses an empty Coke bottle over the side of the boat. In , Year Old Robin Lee Graham Began A Solo Around The World Voyage From San Pedro, California, In A Foot Sloop Five Years And , Miles Later, He Returned To Home Port With A Wife And Daughter And Enough Extraordinary Experiences To Fill This Bestselling Book, Dove I read it when I was a teen I d rather read it again, but at that time I felt like it was a fantastic book, a great and awesome history. boy drops out of school boy buys boat boy sails around the world for a long time why wasn t I this boy Of the many bad books I was forced to read during high school, this was the worst Absolutely hated it. At the tender age of 16, Robin Lee Graham set out on a 33,000 mile, five year circumnavigation as the youngest solo sailor in the smallest boat a 24 foot sloop named Dove His voyage was famously covered by National Geographic Magazine, spawned two best selling books Dove and Home Is The Sailor as well as a children s book, The Boy Who Sailed Around The World Alone, and a 1974 major Hollywood movie, The Dove, which won a Golden Globe Award The story is than one of adventure, it is also an amazing love story Young Graham was not looking to find the love of his life when he set out on his voyage, but that s exactly what he found On a beautiful tropical South Sea island he met the woman of his dreams and it changed everything Admittedly, Dove may not be the greatest piece of literature ever penned, but this book chronicling young Graham s voyage is an exciting adventure coming of age love story and greatly influenced an awful lot of readers, including me It introduced me to a whole new world of exploration and inspired my own voyages in sailing boats across the Pacific to tropical islands I first read this book way back around 1977 and have re read it so many times over the years since that the pages are frayed For anyone wanting an update on whatever became of Robin Lee Graham all these years later, I wrote an article about him in 2010 for SAIL Magazine You can read it online at One of my favorite books An example of what you can do with your life once you stop all that God Damn THINKING and believe in yourself It proves your dreams are only limited by your will. I got interested in this book because Zac Sunderland mentions it in his blog See Zac s blog at Zac is currently about 10 days from finishing a 13 month solo cruise around the world in a sail boat called Intrepid , which will make him the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo The story of Robin Lee Graham inspired him to think about doing the same thing himself.More to come as I start the book I have finished this book, and as of July 16, 2009 Zac Sunderland completed his circumnavigation of the world, and now has the record as the youngest person to ever do so He began When he was 16, and finished when he was 17 Yea Zac Now on to the book I have to admit that I did not like Robin Lee very much his parents call him Lee, his wife calls him Robin in the book I appreciate that school is not a one size fits all system, and I am thankful that he found a way to learn outside of that limiting box I also appreciate that young men often need challenge and to be pushed to find their manhood This is a hard thing to do with the system of one size fits all for school and for work So I appreciate and am thankful for Robin rising to the challenge to do hard things as Zac Sunderland puts it and actually work towards the solo sailing goal he finds to take on.What is missing in this book is thankfulness and gratefulness Robin would never have thought of the solo sailing goal he had, if his father had not taken his family on a multi month cruise on The Golden Hind His father supported Robin in this daring adventure, yet his father gets very little positive press Robin never would have finished his solo cruise without his wife Patti, whom he met in Fiji He and Patti later married in South Africa, mid way through his trip around the globe And while Robin does thank Patti for helping urge him on to finish, the overall feel you get from reading even that thank you from him is a rather selfish and resentful attitude.Angry at being told he was too young to marry, he resolves to earn his own money the rest of the way on his trip You are not ever told whether he stuck to that promise or not Being angry at the world, being angry that other people don t see things to be as important as what he does, striking back against commercialism, and embracing the mythical simpler native way of life all seems very shallow to me Angry at over hunting of turtles, Robin and his wife and friends hunt goats on the Gallapagos Islands What is different between what sea captains did years before with the turtles, and what Robin is doing now He seems to love the simpler native way of life that he sees in the Pacific Islands, yet he never stays there long enough to figure out why the people are poor, or if their life really is as simple as he thinks it is Angry at commercial production and capitalism, he seems to take for granted that his boat was made by someone in business to build boats and that the canned food he stocks up on was also made by a commercial business Wow and he doesn t even seem to see the contradiction in his own life and words I hope this young man grew up to be a grateful grown man I hope that at some point he was thankful for his father and the sacrifice it took for him to let him sail around the world alone I hope that he developed a kinder attitude towards others who stayed home and did the hard work of going to work and building boats that were safe and of canning food that remains safe for months I hope that he learned that arrogance is rarely attractive, and that what really is hard in life may not be sailing around the world solo but living with people and building relationships that grow and blossom over time.I hear that he s written another book about the years after his solo voyage I m trying to figure out if it would be worth it to read or perhaps to pass There are many books by angry people and by arrogant people Perhaps I ll try his next book, hoping to read words that come from a thankful heart instead of an angry one. This is the true story of the author s solo sailing trip around the world Robin Lee Graham, featured several times in National Geographic, set out to sail the world when he was 16 and finally returned home when he was 21 This book is his personal narrative of his travels from being bored and lonely at sea to exploring gorgeous tropical islands to meeting his love Patty It s a great book if you like to travel through literature.
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