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Old Man and the Sea (Reprint) (Paperback) (Anthony Smith)

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Octogenarian Anthony Smith's journey was originally inspired by both the Kontiki Expedition of Thor Heyerdahl (who he knew) and the incredible story of the survivors of a 1940 boat disaster, who spent 70 days adrift in the Atlantic, eventually reaching land emaciated and close to death. While this might sound like a voyage no-one would wish to emulate, to octogenarian Anthony Smith it sounded like an adventure, and he placed a typically straightforward advertisement in the Telegraph that read "Fancy rafting across the Atlantic? Famous traveller requires 3 crew. Must be OAP. Serious adventurers only." In his inimitable style, Smith details their voyage and the hardships they endured with a matter-of-fact air that makes his story seem all the more impressive. His advanced age allows him a wider perspective not only on the journey but on life itself, and his never-say-die attitude to the difficulty of the journey is inspirational. `Old men ought to be explorers? said T.S. Eliot, and this book certainly gives a compelling argument in his favour. It is both a great story (a huge storm on the final night of the voyage almost wrecked them on a reef) and a call to action for the older generation ? do not go quietly, says Anthony Smith, but seek out adventure as long as you are able.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 196
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Travel
Sub-Genre: Essays + Travelogues, Personal Memoirs
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Author: Anthony Smith
Language: English
Street Date: April 12, 2016
TCIN: 51261113
UPC: 9781472121134
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-2348
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