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Commented on The Story of Doctor Dolittle

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Gwangi
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:52:19 +0200

I expected more from this book. I don't think it has aged well and the stories are not humorous or interesting enough for a modern read. I read it aloud to my children and other than being shocked at how black people were characterized in the book, they were not impressed.


Commented on Sailing Alone Around the World

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Gwangi
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:28:25 +0200

Joshua Slocum bought a rotting sailboat that was sitting in someone's pasture, redesigned and rebuilt it, then literally (and literarily) sailed it around the world with a crew of one: himself. This book is the rather straight-faced and extremely humble account of that journey. No histrionics, no bragging, no reflections on what a marvelous thing he was doing (a thing no one else had ever done before), just a simple, old-fashioned travel narrative. A remarkable book.