Two Years Before the Mast


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This work provides an account of the author's five month journey around Cape Horn in 1834 as an ordinary seaman. It clearly and graphically recounts the harsh conditions of life at sea, from storms to floggings and the larger-than-life characters of the captains and crews.

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Greg E

Jul 26, 2012

Just like being there...

A fantastic book that draws you in. This reminds me of Kidnapped or Treasure Island. You are there with the characters and the history is real.

I have always loved stories where the characters are pitted against the elements and must face and overcome what seems like harsh odds. One can still identify with these persons.

Edward B

May 19, 2011

not in a second-hand bookstore...

Not in any second-hand bookstore in Marin or SF I could find. But it has been re-printed and this was a most excellent copy. My #1 son wanted to read it, even though I cautioned him I slogged through it when I was in junior high or high school, and it seemed like two years before it was over. Haven't heard what he thinks of that present yet. Could be he's still slogging away himself.

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