This text tells the story of how in 1982 the author set out alone in a 30-foot ketch to sail round the British Isles. Raban had never before handled a boat at sea, but wanted to inspect the country where he lived as an independent navigator with a sceptical outsider's eye for his homeland. He sails into his own past, into Britain's troubled present, and into a sense of reflection.
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Put Jonathan Raban on a boat and the results will be fascinating, and never more so than when he?s sailing around the serpentine, 2,000-mile coast of his native England. In this acutely perceived and beautifully written book, the bestselling author of Bad Land turns that voyage?which coincided with the Falklands war of 1982-into an occasion for meditations on his country, his childhood, and the elusive notion of home.
Whether he?s chatting with bored tax exiles on the Isle of Man, wrestling down a mainsail during a titanic gale, or crashing a Scottish house party where the kilted guests turn out to be Americans, Raban is alert to the slightest nuance of meaning. One can read Coasting for his precise naturalistic descriptions or his mordant comments on the new England, where the principal industry seems to be the marketing of Englishness. But one always reads it with pleasure.
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002721198
Book Description The Harvill Press, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002721198