The EXTREME Race!!

A VOYAGE FOR MADMEN (2002) 4/5 YES Non-fiction Adventure Rs.83 ( Peter Nichols [4.25/2781 ratings Goodreads]

Review #441 (Book Review #141) :

So finally after 27 days, I completed one more book, and which is an achievement for me, why? Well, I will tell you later. Here is the review of a wonderdul book named A VOYAGE FOR MADMEN written by PETER NICHOLS.

This is my 1st read of this writer, one fine day when I was surfing the 2nd hand book app Bookchor, I found this book in a weekday event for very low price, and as I’ve already used this app quite some time, so I know that this is not a bad deal, hence I ordered the book looking at its synopsis. And glad I did! Its a non fiction adventure story of 9 brave men aka madmen.

About the story: In 1968, there held a race sponsored by the UK paper Sunday Times, named the Golden Globe Race – the non-stop Solo circumnavigation of the world in a yacht. You cannot stop at any port, or take the help or supplies from anyone after you start, you have to round all the 3 famous capes – Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin & the notorious Cape Horn, you have to leave from a port degree latitude, start and end the voyage at the same port, between the date range 1Jun-31oct1968. Otherwise you’ll not be considered for the race or you’ll be disqualified.

About the book: Since it is a non-fiction book, it is having all the real names of all the competitors and all the other person and entities related. There are a total of 9 contestants, and there are 2 prizes to be won – 1st person who will complete the race and fastest person who will complete the race. This book is studded with a seamen’s technical lingo, details about everyone’s preparations for this arduous journey and to-minute details of every boat the contestants are using, reason the writer himself was a seamen, done a solo navigation along the antarctic, so to read this book, many details could go above your head, if you don’t know about in-and-out about boats, but mind it, it will not deter an avid reader like me, that’s why I was able to complete this book in quick time. The read was full of adventure details, and the writing did the justice to their eventful journey.

About the author: As per the description given in the book, Peter Nichols spent 10 years at sea working as a professional yacht captain, living on his small sailboat, he has written other books like ‘Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat’ & ‘Voyage to the North Star’. He has taught creative writing at Georgetown university & now lives in Paris.

Final verdict: Its a wonderful book to read, and it will not bore you, and every now and then it will give you a feel of the events our competitors faced. So it’s recommended, and I rate it a 4/5. The non-serious readers OR the readers who avoids non fiction, should avoid this book.


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About GRuchirG ("Jee" Ruchir "Jee")!

Well, I am an Indian, by birth and by soul, and my hobbies are Traveling, reading novels, listening music, watching movies, and writing Reviews/Blogs/Stories. "kaun kehta hai aasma mein surakh nahi ho sakta ek patthar to tabiyat se uchaalo yaaro" (Who Says you can't make a hole in the sky, Just throw a stone with all your will-power) You can do what you want to, you just have to be true with yourself, you are not answerable to anybody but yourself. So never lose hope and just try and try till you die..
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