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Date: 19 Sep 2009 12:18:00
Title: Aroha’s Library

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Bryan writes...

We’ve had plenty of opportunity to read on this trip back- lots of time in a confined space, and no where else to go.  It wasn’t until I started looking through ‘Aroha’s library’ that I realised that I’ve read pretty much every book on board.  Quite good going for me, a slow reader at the best of times.

I mentioned Mein Kampf in my last two ‘reading’ blogs.  I just can’t summon the motivation to finish it.  I now admit defeat to Hitler.

The Last Tsar is a pretty heavy read, but keeps the reader surprisingly on edge, considering everyone knows the final chapter of the story.  However, there is a twist at the end, no matter how tenuous the evidence to support the authors fantasy.

My Life and Travels by Wilfred Thesiger is summary of a lifetime of adventures by a gentleman traveller.  Way ahead of his time, although a bit of a toff and not all that likeable for it.

I’ve been reading Joff’s copy of the well known Raising Boys.  It’s by an Australian author and promises to help you ‘make your boys into decent Aussie men’.  As a kiwi, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, but I am reassured that boys lacking motivation to do the dishes is a universal challenge.

I’ve ploughed through a stack and a half of easy-reading novels, the intriguingly named Saving Fish From Drowning by Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan being my favourite.

Nik turned up with a bundle of sailing mags from the UK, which I devoured over the first few days out of Maldives.  Good night watch material, although reading by torchlight at night burns out your night vision and needs a few minutes adjustment before completing the quarter-hourly horizon scan.

Two of my favourite reads have been In The Heart Of The Sea (the true story of the story that inspired Moby Dick, if you know what I mean), and Mutiny On The Bounty; two incredible stories of brave and occasionally cannibalistic men adrift in small boats.  As Helen alluded to in an earlier blog, these guys humble people like us, crossing oceans with reliable diesel engines under fleets of communication and navigational satellites.

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