'Ole Wise One'
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- Apr 20, 2016
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- Honolulu, Hawaii
I just finished reading the same book, "The Cruse of the Cachalot".For sailing adventure I recommend The Cruise of the Cachalot by Frank Bullen, a young Limey sailor on board a Yankee whaler, free from Gutenberg. Better than Moby Dick. Cachalot is French for sperm whale, their common prey. At least as good as TYBtM and Robinson Crusoe. Less fiction too, I'd say.
I like every book of his I've read- I finished this one last night- as with any good fiction writer the door was left open for future stories that will, or could, involve the characters in this one, new and old- in fact, in this one some previous characters are involved-Grisham is good...
Just picked this up from audible on your recommendation.I read quite a lot and I always have since I was in middle school. Seems like I am always engrossed in some star system light years away fighting lizard people, or a time travel adventure or something. Today I started reading Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana jr. It's about a young man living in the 1830's who becomes ill and has his vision affected and with no medical remedy around, decides to sign up for a two year voyage from Boston to the west coast of the north American continent to load skins to sell. It was a trip for him to recover or die. Fortunately he recovered his vision and went on the write the book.
It's very detailed and tells the reader what daily life aboard the 85 foot Brig "Pilgrim" was like. Below is a recreation of the ship.
According to the book there were about 15 people aboard and they were very busy. They continually had to put up and take down the sails depending on the weather, and had to be on watch around the clock. So the sailors life was one kept busy! They had a compass and maritime chronometer and the ability to sail by the stars. The voyage took two years and is a wonderful tale of adventure on the high seas without all the hollywood hype thrown in. A good read if you are interested in history or sea going vessels of that period.
I figured I should post this to dispel some of the nasty rumors that I "can't read".
I've read some of Demille's stuff. He's quite good. My favorites by him are Night Fall, The Lion's Game, and The Gold Coast. I met him at a book signing in Scottsdale, Arizona, 13-14 years ago. He was very nice.Well, I found I have new material to read- I think, since I don't remember reading it and I have a pretty good memory- but it was one of the locations (built in book shelf) where I put books I've read- but, I swear I don't remember it so far-
Spencerville, by Nelson Demille, author of The General's Daughter, which, in case y'all don't know was a John Travolta movie- the book was better, IMO- though I did enjoy the movie.
Anyway, I just started it yesterday after, so, I'm not that far into it, but, the scenery described, NW Ohio farm country, especially the downtown town description made me think of the video I'm posting. The story is keeping me interested, but I can't get the image of this video (especially the story this video tells) out of my mind as I read.
Now, excuse me while I go listen to this video again-
I’m half way through the book now. I knew the Comanche were tough, but I had no idea they were so dominant and were such amazing mounted warriors.The last book I read was "Empire of the Summer Moon".
It's the true story of Quanah Parker, the last free Chief of the Comanche Indians. The Comanche's were a large powerful tribe of fierce expert warriors on horseback, that controlled a vast area of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, called "Comancheria".
Quanah's mother was Cynthia Ann Parker, a 10 year old white girl kidnapped during a raid on the Parker family settlement in north Texas.
She was given an Indian name and adopted into the tribe. Later she married a tribal chief and gave birth to Quanah Parker.
Chief Quanah led his tribe on many bloody raids to halt the migration of white settlers and drive buffalo hunters off Comanche land, while fighting running battles with the US Army. But eventually with the almost total extermination of the buffalo causing starvation of his people. Quanah laid down his weapons and led his tribe to live on a Indian reservation in Oklahoma.
Quanah kept his tribal culture while adopting the white man's way's in business of buying land and raising large cattle herds. He eventually became the wealthiest Indian in America during that time period. Quanah was a close personal friend of President Roosevelt who would travel to Oklahoma and go on hunting trips with Quanah.
The book is a very good read, and also tells the story of the Texas Rangers role in protecting the settlers and were a formidable foe of the Comanche.
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To be honest I dont remember.
I'd like to check out the book in Mike's OP, but I don't have Kindle.To be honest I dont remember.
Had to go back and check my library in the Kindle to see if I read it.
Apparently I did but dont remember reading it.
That was back in 2018 and I read a lot seagoing books for a stretch.
Went back and read the first few pages and I do remember it was pretty good.