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|Download Kindle é Slow Boats to China ⚷ It was a simple idea, the kind all of us have had at one time or another Take a series of ships of different sizes and kinds, go where they lead and see what happens Inspired by great sea writers like Jack London, Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad, Gavin Young decided he would port hop to some far destination on the other side of the world The end of the line would be China With its magical evocation of the past and the present, of far off lands and people, vivid skies and bizarre flora and fauna, SLOW BOATS TO CHINA is compulsively readable and a travel book of rare distinction Publisher s Source Books about travel and adventure can t pass it up. just can t visit the Oxfam bookshop without coming away with a bunch of old travel books This one, written by a one time war correspondent for The Observer is the tale of Young s attempt to travel from Greece to China only by boat This took place in 1979 when he discovers he is almost too late, passenger shipping having been almost completely killed off by air travel Indeed, if it wasn t for his Observer connections and general public school English gentleman background, he wouldn t even hav just can t visit the Oxfam bookshop without coming away with a bunch of old travel books This one, written by a one time war correspondent for The Observer is the tale of Young s attempt to travel from Greece to China only by boat This took place in 1979 when he discovers he is almost too late, passenger shipping having been almost completely killed off by air travel Indeed, if it wasn t for his Observer connections and general public school English gentleman background, he wouldn t even have got half way Lucky for him, the entire old boy network of the ex British Empire mostly find him ships, from a board bunk in a tiny local trader to the owner s cabin in a huge container carrier For the most part, it s pretty exciting and often dangerous stuff and I often had to stop so I could go read upabout various areas he passed through Overall, it gets a bit depressing, knowing this sort of thing is completely out of bounds to your average traveller I m about to pick up the sequel, Slow Boats Home Time absented itself as I read A Turkish Cypriot friend once said to me There are men here of thirty who are still virgins Muslim tradition prevents them, on pain of death or a terrible beating at the hands of the girl s brothers or father, from touching a Turkish girl They d do anything to get their hands on a foreign girl, but, of course it s not always possible You have no idea of the intensity of the frustration here p.68 Plu ca change, sadly This enthralling book was first publi Time absented itself as I read A Turkish Cypriot friend once said to me There are men here of thirty who are still virgins Muslim tradition prevents them, on pain of death or a terrible beating at the hands of the girl s brothers or father, from touching a Turkish girl They d do anything to get their hands on a foreign girl, but, of course it s not always possible You have no idea of the intensity of the frustration here p.68 Plu ca change, sadly This enthralling book was first published in 1981, but just there Young describes exactly the unfortunate product of a serious cultural clash which has recently New Year 2016 been hitting the headlines in Germany Gavin Young kept his eyes wide open and lived off his wits Travelling light he sought the necessary official permissions for the series of passages on merchant shipping that would eventually, after many fascinating and hair raising incidents, convey him from Athens to Canton Officialdom varied in swiftness and helpfulness of response This was absolutely not a journey that any lone female could ever have countenanced safely then or now Voyeuristically, I thoroughly enjoyed Maxwell s at times heart stopping, extraordinary adventures, from pink gin in Bombay to his wonderful, wonderful description, from sea stained notes, of cargo crashing into the light metal sole lifeboat to his abilities to survive near death and other such dicey turns of fate Careful, accurate observation, swift assessment and cool analysis of highly unpromising situations and what felt like an awful lot of luck enabled him to survive to finally write this compelling book I look forward to reading Slow Boats Home 1985 One of the best travel books around which I ve read many times It s the kind of literary security blanket you want alongside when life gets a little out of kilter.I m sad adventurer Gavin Young is no longer around as he writes with wit, style and compassion about the people he meets on his travels by sea from Piraeus to Canton The only slight downside is that the book is a trifle episodic, thought it s hard to imagine how it could be anything else, given the premise on which it was written I One of the best travel books around which I ve read many times It s the kind of literary security blanket you want alongside when life gets a little out of kilter.I m sad adventurer Gavin Young is no longer around as he writes with wit, style and compassion about the people he meets on his travels by sea from Piraeus to Canton The only slight downside is that the book is a trifle episodic, thought it s hard to imagine how it could be anything else, given the premise on which it was written I m not going to penalise it on that score so it still gets a 5 star rating from me A favourite