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by Peter Nichols

Download A Voyage for Madmen: Nine Men Set Out to Race Each Other Around the World, Only One Made it Back. epub
ISBN: 0732271134
ISBN13: 978-0732271138
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Travelers & Explorers
Author: Peter Nichols
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Collins (2001)
ePUB size: 1986 kb
FB2 size: 1535 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 372
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This was an interesting story about an event that I was completely unaware of until I stumbled on this book while looking for books about sailing. Imagine spending a year or more at sea, alone, in a sail boat, sailing around the world in some pretty unfriendly conditions. Imagine having to plan for the voyage. You aren't allowed to have any help from anyone for the entire time. You aren't allowed to put in to port at any time or you lose the contest. It isn't completely "action packed," so if that is what you are looking for it probably isn't for you. The author does a good job of developing the characters for the reader before jumping into the event of sailing around the world. It is a classic story of man against nature and in each case it is one man against nature. There is a significant amount of drama as each man struggles against mechanical failures, the weather and being alone. If you are interested in sailing or adventure and you don't mind some detail build up you will probably enjoy this book. I would recommend you don't do much research on the race the book is about so that you don't ruin the ending as the author manages to keep the story of the competition pretty exciting throughout the book.
Unbelievable true story. Have to wonder what most of the participants were thinking about. Don't know if this is a reflection of human nature in general, or a reflection of only this specific group. At a time when navigational technology was minimally advanced and accurate, particularly for the novice, only adequate, intense, and proper training could increase the odds of long distant sailing success. This group seemed to operate more on the "wing and a prayer philosophy" with an outcome that was almost guaranteed. Could have been better written, but the story itself is so amazing, that any literal shortcomings are minor.

If you have any experience as a sailor, captain or crew, this book is well worth the read.
Mr. Nichols did an excellent job of writing about this incredible race and the driven men who challenged it. I was twelve years old when this race took place, yet short-handed racing yachts were in their infancy and the their navigation technology was little better than that of Columbus and Magellan. Only the most daring would attempt racing them around the world, much less non-stop. Mr. Nichols reports the immense challenges of a solo nonstop sailboat race around the word. The author's description of the sailors was a psychological study of how this feat challenged each the nine men who entered this race, and how they responded to that challenge. He did this without judgement, but with the attempt to understand why each man responded as they did to the situation in which they found themselves. A talent often lacking in the reportage of today. I highly recommend this book. Once begun, it is hard to put down.
I read this book on the recommendation that it was one of the best books they had ever read. I'm sure if I was into sailing, it may have been.

It was a well written story about a race I had not heard of. Sailing around the world alone seems daunting and horrifically lonely which I think the author makes clear through all accounts.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, but it would only be to a certain crowd and I would not be able to say it was quite possibly the best book I had ever read. I seem to be in the miority on that so take it with a grain of salt.
I'll start this review by making a confession: I don't know much about the sea. I think it is fascinating, mysterious, and makes one reflect about so many things, it is a sort of a philosopher's fountain in almost a literal sense. But I know it makes me sick, and the sole idea of spending more than a couple days without my fair share of land is hard to bear, even when I think about the fascinating destination I might reach at the end of a trip. And despite all this, I find sea stories quite appalling, and actually I don't think I have found any book about the subject dissapointing, even when surrounded by hype (e.g. life of pi, another 5 star).

"A Voyage for Madmen" recounts the story of the 9 sailors (9 brave men) who set out to circummnavigate the world non-stop, without assistance other than radio and the ocassional face to face encounter, on the Sunday Times' sponsored Golden globe race of 1968. The details given about their lives are brief and very well laid out and makes it very clear from the beginning know who the true seamen are, or who's testing their luck, in the the personalities pop out so nicely it makes me suppose the author knew them well personally. Peter Nichols loves the sea and respects those who dare to challenge it, having himself crossed the Atlantic on a solo trip.

The prose is the kind you'd expect from such an exciting adventure. It might seem a bit over the top at times, but you just have to consider the years when the stories take place to realize how suiting it is, for in that era of marconi radios, not too many satellite systems and definitely no gps, the circumnavigation of the globe, let alone a solo race, was such a dangerous endeavour. There are several photographs of the participants and their boats, but I'd suggest you take a look at them after finishing the book to not spoil the ending (in case you don't know how it all played out, like myself). There were some "technical" terms here and there -at least for someone who, as I said before, doesn't know much about the sea-, but even though I'm not a native english speaker I could get most of it by simple internet searching or a quick look at the dictionary. I have no doubt that for the true seaman or old salt the reading will be easy breezy.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who's interested in a good sea story, about the events surrounding the said Golden globe race of 1968, or any adventure in general.