Set to Sea

Set to Sea

Book - 2014
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After fantasizing about a life at sea, the oafish main character gets shanghaied aboard a clipper bound for Hong Kong and spends the rest of his life on the ship, fighting pirates, writing poetry, and ultimately finding meaning in his life.
Publisher: Seattle :, Fantagraphics Books,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781606997710
Call Number: GN WEING DR 2014
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 16 cm


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Jul 27, 2016

so it is about a poet who works at a bar, but at night he haunts the boat. it was an okay read i would maybe read it again.

JCLChrisK Aug 14, 2013

A short, simple story that both is delightfully illustrated and excellently illustrates an essential piece of wisdom.
The nameless protagonist is a penniless, giant young man who yearns to write great poetry about the sea, but he can never manage to quite capture with words the magic he feels. What he doesn't realize is that it's because he has a romantic idea of ocean life, but no actual experience of it. That all changes one night when he falls asleep on the docks and wakes the next morning to find he has been "recruited" to work aboard a ship. He's forced to join the crew, work the boat, help defend it from pirates, and travel to all kinds of exotic ports. Eventually he becomes a worn, wise, and grizzled sailor of much experience, and finds he can finally write the book he always dreamed of. He's learned it's not grand ideas that create great writers but the hard experience of life, and though able to become a celebrity author he finds himself content with the life he's lived.
A most satisfying tale.


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