Captain Joshua Slocum by “Kindlelight”

Twas two nights after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…except the dog, who was pacing around in the dark while I read Joshua Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around The World on my new Kindle. For free I might add, and by candlelight (though not of my own choosing).

I’d hear later that a station caught fire in Aurora, and while Xcel was quick to re-route power they forgot one section of the neighborhood, my block. It always happens that way, but no matter. I keep a stock of hand-rolled beeswax candles around for just such occasions (they burn slow, really slow), so I read the first person account of a man circumnavigating the globe on a sailboat he built with his own two hands. I couldn’t have been more absorbed by the story if I’d read it from paperback, and my impression of the Kindle is such that I probably never will.

Bother with another paperback that is.

MG signing off (to flick the power switch)


Smithhammer says:

Nice. Slocum’s book is one of the classic tales of adventure. Up there with “Wind, Sand and Stars” and “One Man Caravan.”

I’ve been seeking recommendations in this genre, so thanks.

Smithhammer says:

Unfortunately, I don’t believe either of those are available as an ebook, but they are worth having on the shelf.

Thomas Bates says:

Take a look on and you will find thousands of titles as well as Slocum’s account of his singlehanded voyage around the world.
Thomas Bates

Jim jenkins says:

I would also suggest Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s “Worst Journy in the World.” An extraordinary account of the hardness and resiliance of man and the limits there-of.

D. Brittain says:

Glad you liked Slocums’ book….one of the best ‘true’ books out there. Check into Patrick O’Brians books on the Royal Navy. Perhaps the best nautical storyteller ever.

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