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by Robert Stone

Now in his 40s, Annapolis grad and Vietnam vet Owen Browne writes ad copy for a yacht company and ponders where he missed his chance for greatness. 2 cassettes.
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ISBN: 155927199X
ISBN13: 978-1559271998
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Robert Stone
Language: English
Publisher: Audio Renaissance; Audio edition (March 1, 1992)
ePUB size: 1367 kb
FB2 size: 1217 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 167
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Effective writing style, but a mediocre plot with a depressing end. A man's effort to find himself mid Aging and a want for love and companion ship. Based on other research I did seems to be a very close parallel with an earlier book by Nicholas Tomlin and Aron Hall published in 1970.
Not my fav R. Stone. Characters all seemed pretty unlikable and uncompelling. Got a little weird toward the end, though. otherwise, kind of "meh!'
Great premise.. but ends up being boring as hell
Nice try, good ending- but wanders
An astonishing book about solitude, fear, and the imagination, written in a beautifully transparent style. This is a voyage of the mind and the soul that reflects not only the terrors of a solo around-the-world sail but also the crucible of what it is to be at middle age.
The book was recommended by a fellow sailor, but I will never understand why.

It was a waste of a part of my life that I will never get back!

The characters were thin, and the plot was taken from the story of Donald Crowhurst. There was a sleazeball, Michael Moore type of documentary filmmaker, that disgusted me.

The "hero" of the story was cheesy, and totally unrealistic. His wife was probably the closest to being a real person, but that was only because she betrayed her husband.

The rapidly deteriorating situations were not believable at all.

All in all, I would say to run away from this book! You have been warned, and you will never get that part of your life back again!
The title of the book refers to a junkyard for abandoned ships in New Jersey, and has nothing to do with the plot.
Owen Browne, a Viet Nam veteran, is working for a nearly bankrupt business as a salesman for luxury yachts. As
a publicity stunt he agrees to participate in a sailing race in which he serves as the solo pilot of one of the yachts.
At sea ,Owen gradually loses his mind under the pressure of his trip, especially when he finds out the yacht has been
shoddily constructed. He finds a secluded island, anchors the yacht, and begins to submit false position reports to his
minders back in the states. He has hallucinations. He eventually is overcome by remorse over what he has done and
takes his own life. Meanwhile his wife Anne has an affair with Strickland, a degenerate photographer who is supposedly making a documentary film for publicity of the yacht race. About the time Owen shows up lost at sea, Anne breaks off the affair with Strickland, and feels compelled to expiate her guilt and Owen's fraud by undertaking a sailing race of her own.
This is my third Robert Stone novel. I enjoy the writing and the character development. The characters mostly have problems
Anne is a borderline alcoholic. Owen tends to neglect his wife and has trouble relating to their daughter Maggie. He spends a lot of time wondering about the meaning of life. These books are probably not for every reader, but this one was more comprehensible than "Damascus Gate or Bay of Souls
After fighting through the muddled mass that was "Damascus Gate", I had to re-read this, which is along with "Flag For Sunrise" one of Stone's best novels. None of the flaws in Damascus Gate are present here, as Stone paints a chillingly perfect portrait of an American Dreamer and boat seller (Owen) who is handicapped by his inability to see his own flaws; on an ill-advised around the world sailboating race, these flaws become magnified and a nightmare begins. Back on shore, his wife Anne and a documentary filmmaker (Strickland) covering the race have an affair and confront their own demons. No one gets precisely what they want, but probably all get what they deserve, and the book is an absolutely riveting page turner. This seems to be based partially on the tragic Donald Crowhurst story (look it up), but is told with such power and emotion that whether or not you know how that true story ended this will still hold your interest. Be warned it does not have an entirely happy ending, many parts of this are dark and depressing and it's like watching a slow motion train wreck, but the last part of the book is both uplifting and true to the American spirit of never giving up.