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The Boat Who Wouldn't Float [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Farley Mowat
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1. April 1984
It seemed like a good idea. Tired of everyday life ashore, Farley Mowat would find a sturdy boat in Newfoundland and roam the salt sea over, free as a bird. What he found was the worst boat in the world, and she nearly drove him mad. The Happy Adventure, despite all that Farley and his Newfoundland helpers could do, leaked like a sieve. Her engine only worked when she felt like it. Typically, on her maiden voyage, with the engine stuck in reverse, she backed out of the harbour under full sail. And she sank, regularly.

How Farley and a varied crew, including the intrepid lady who married him, coaxed the boat from Newfoundland to Lake Ontario is a marvellous story. The encounters with sharks, rum-runners, rum and a host of unforgettable characters on land and sea make this a very funny book for readers of all ages.

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  • Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Starfire; Auflage: Reissue (1. April 1984)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 055327788X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553277883
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 12 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,1 x 10,7 x 1,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (8 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 37.722 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Great, good humor... Very funny and often touching  tribute to a love affair that saner, duller souls  would no doubt christen Farley's Folly." --  The New York Times  

"Sheer delight." --Best Sellers


A humorous account of the author's excursions through the Maritime Provinces in a thirty-one-foot craft that was barely seaworthy.

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This is a tremendous sea yarn told by an old salt with many years of sailing under his belt. Farley Mowat is not well known as a sailor perhaps, but as someone who has skippered his way along the Newfoundland coast and survived, he must be reasonably authentic. Like many inland-born Canadians, Mowat had not sailed a small boat at sea before arriving in Newfoundland after the war. However, he had done a lot of sailing on Lake Superior in his boyhood and youth, on a yacht his father owned and sailed for many years. And sailing appears to have been in his blood.
The tale of how he acquires this particular boat, then sails along the coast for the summer and finally brings it up the St-Lawrence Seaway all the way to Montreal, will please any lover of maritime fare. Among his many books, Mowat wrote a number of autobiographical ones, some of which are lighter in tone. "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float" is delightfully easy to read and, along with "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be"(the story of Mowat's childhood), gives interesting insights into the life of one of Canada's foremost writers.
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Farley Mowat has been accused of sitting in a Toronto bar while concocting these wonderfully stirring tales of the island rock, Newfoundland. Put your mind at ease, mates, and enjoy the book as a true treasure. I lived in Newfoundland for three years before discovering this book. I can heartily recommend you read it with good appetite! It is a cake mixed with truth skillfully told, covered with a frosting of humor, and served with a piquant flourish.These saltwater tales, revolving around Mowats' titanic struggle to find, refurbish and actually sail a boat determined to sink herself and all hands, are chalk full of laughs, tension, tragedy, and still more laughs. Its truths are better than any fiction.Haul up your anchor and sail away with this master storyteller as he outsalts the famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police, falls into the rummish cluthes of Screech, narrowly escapes icy death, and finds the beautiful maiden."The Boat Who Wouldn't Float" is a worthy vessel in which to sail the seas of leisure time. So fill your cup and drink deeply while the captain spins his tales
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The funniest sailing book I have ever read. 16. Januar 1999
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The first time I read this book was on a passage aboard a thirty foot sloop. We were sailing from Baddeck on Cape Breaton Island on our way to the south coast of Newfoundland.This was in 1977. The book I believe had been relaesed not much before that time. It was as if I was reading an introduction to the Island and to the people of Newfoundland.I could not put it down. My sides ached from laughing from the beggining to the end.If you have never been to Newfoundland this book will give you inspiration to want to go there. It is a wonderful portrait of the Island and the People.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good sense of humour, but.... 4. November 1999
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The time table for this book was organized a little hurriedly. The first half of the novel takes place over one summer, and then suddenly years fly by and there is too much crammed into the last few chapters. It seems almost as though Mowat got bored of the story and decided that he'd better finish it. However, that was the only thing about this book that I didn't like. Mowat has a delightfully sarcastic sense of humour and I enjoyed his optimistic adventures thoroughly. Even the boat has a personality all her own, and his creativity was refreshing.
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