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Synopsis: This fascinating memoir spans the time from Moitessier's magical childhood in Vietnam to months before his death, is a beautifully written saga of physical adventure and spiritual growth.
Born in the French Indochina in 1925, Bernard Moitessier grew up astride two cultures--French and Vietnamese--in a turbulent era that moved dramatically from peace to war. Imprisoned during the Japanese occupation, he was later drafted to fight the Viet Minh in a French war that foreshadowed America's own Vietnam involvement two decades later.
Tamata tells how the 25-year-old Moitessier left Vietnam to answer the call of the sea. He led the life of a sea-gypsy, wandering the Indian Ocean, the South Atlantic, and the Caribbean, learning the ways of boats and the sea and surviving two catastrophic shipwrecks. His greatest sailing adventures followed, the Tahiti-Alicante passage and his ten month round-the-world solo voyage in 1969 when he withdrew from the Golden Globe Race and sailed on to Tahiti.
Moitessier then spent three years on a remote atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Called "Tamata" ("try it!") by his Tuamotu friends, he built a Polynesian-style house, planted coconut trees, and gradually transformed the sun-blasted coral into a speck of green in the middle of the South Pacific.
After living in the United States, he spent the last years of his life in France. He is buried in a small fishing village in Brittany.
About the Author: Bernard Moitessier was one of the greatest ocean voyagers. He became a legend in his own time. Born in 1925 in Indochina, he gained much of his sailing knowledge from the fishermen of the Gulf of Siam. A gifted writer, he wrote four books describing his seagoing adventures, including the epic adventure The Long Way.
Title: Tamata and the Alliance
Book Condition: New
Book Description Thomas Reed Publications 1995-09, 1995. Book Condition: Good. Spine of jacket has faded and some slight shelf wear. Also some foxing on outer edges of pages. Content is fine. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 046778-7
Book Description Waterline, Shrewsbury, England, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Illustrated (illustrator). Hardcover Edition. Clean fresh tight bright in like jacket. No remainder or other markings. One or no readers. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 09763
Book Description Thomas Reed Publications, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. US 1st edition fine in near fine jacket with slight fade to spine. Bookseller Inventory # sc1151
Book Description Waterline Books, UK, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 33564
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR004250390