Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales

A beach read for men.Based on nearly 40 hours of interviews, Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying is the memoir of a 61 year old, life long merchant seaman re counting his fantastic, hilarious, and politically incorrect exploits He s a sailor scholar and an individualist anarchist he s read Voltaire and The Egyptian Book of the Dead He admits to working at his hoA beach read for men.Based on nearly 40 hours of interviews, Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying is the memoir of a 61 year old, life long merchant seaman re counting his fantastic, hilarious, and politically incorrect exploits He s a sailor scholar and an individualist anarchist he s read Voltaire and The Egyptian Book of the Dead He admits to working at his hobby, sailing, to keep up his real occupation, drinking He s lived 40 years of adventures around the world, including an incursion into Cambodia during the Vietnam War a prison break from a Ceylon jail a dockside fistfight in the Philippines in 1977 a 2 week stowaway run on a British merchant ship sailing around South Africa meeting Omar Sharif in Aqaba, Jordan an around the world trip with Greg Cousins, the third mate on the Exxon Valdez, and we learn what really happened that ends in Alang, India and the beaching of the ship to be cut up for scrap metal seeing the rise and fall of communism and capitalism in Africa and the newly independent states after the Soviet Union s collapse and division and an ammunition delivery to Kuwait on the eve of the 2003 American led invasion of Iraq.
Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales A beach read for men Based on nearly hours of interviews Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying is the memoir of a year old life long merchant seaman re counting his fantastic hilarious

  • Title: Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales
  • Author: RobertJacoby
  • ISBN: 9780615434896
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)This clever book is a good example of what I perhaps like best about what comes from the world of basement presses; for while it's ostensibly the memoirs of a forty-year career sailor, with just as many salty, amazing stories as you would imagine someone in his position would have, it's actually written as a s [...]

    2. While nonfiction is a recent fascination of mine, I have to say this book is unlike any other I have read. When I received the book in a giveaway, the author told me it would be a bumpy ride. I would like to describe it as a rollercoaster. The storyline has its ups and downs. While many sections had me not wanting to put the book down, other sections were harder for me to get into and really read. My husband is a big history buff and will get a kick out of this book. He started reading sections [...]

    3. Having multiple speech tags in the same sentence is annoying. He says, he says, he says. Yeah, I get it; the same guy is talking the entire time. The book is repetitive and far too long. It pretty much can be summarized in a few words: The guy goes to work sailing, the guy goes to shore and gets drunk, the guy finds a hooker and has sex with her (or some other sexual act). It's the same chapter after chapter. Is it a great read? No. Are there some pretty hilarious parts within it? Yes. Yet, ther [...]

    4. What I liked the most about this book, beyond the 40 years of travels, was Ron’s disposition toward the establishment or “ism” as he aptly called it.So many things in this book rang true to me, not just because I always felt a real aggravation for people telling me what to do (luckily, I usually had my way), but because once I came to this country I was confronted face-to-face with all the things Ron complains about.I was born in Panama, which since the discovery of America has been a cros [...]

    5. Relaxed and very conversational book about the high seas adventures of a modern day adventurer. As I now live on the shores on the Graveyard of the Pacific, this was the perfect book to sit and watch the ships head in and out being welcomed into the bosom of the sea some days and tossed to the watery depths of hell on others.Brutally honest and highly descriptive, you will feel as if you are sharing a pint or two or twelve with the seasoned author. This will put salt in your blood or have you ge [...]

    6. I was given this book through for review.I took my time with this book. That's something I don't normally do, but I saved a little bit for each night. My Grand Pa was a old career navy chief and this book in many ways took me back to the stories he used to tell me about his overseas shore leaves when my parents weren't around. Crusty as hell and not for the faint of heart but I enjoyed this book all the way through.

    7. You may love or hate the rough staccato rhythm that starts off the first few chapters. Whether things smooth out on their own or your brain starts to accept the vaguely English like language after being beaten to a pulp I cannot say without another read through. There seems to be many paths to Ron's observations about life and the world. I'm glad someone made the journey told and extremely happy it was not me. Much like Ron I prefer to get there my own way, albeit a bit more quiet and sober.My c [...]

    8. The author shares his lifelong adventures at sea in this ambitious novel. It has a little of everything-humor, self-discovery, relationships and loving life.You are swept along with the author as he reounts his many adventures. The descriptions of his travels to diffent places is insightful. Some people stayed in his life, others did not. But he lived his life the way he wanted with no apologies. It is a great read.I received this book for free from First Reads.

    9. I loved the conversational tone of this book; truly like sitting down with this old adventurer and hearing all of his best stories. The pace was a bit back and forth, but overall I couldn't believe how fascinating some of his anecdotes turned out to be!

    10. As an ex-Navy man, when Robert Jacoby queried POD People about his book, Escaping Reality Without Really Trying, subtitled “40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales,” I had to request it for review. The book proved to be an interesting read.The book is the story of “Ronnie,” a 40-year veteran of the US Merchant Marine. It’s written in an extremely conversational tone, as if Ronnie is sitting across the bar from you (if you know Ronnie, this would have to be at a bar, bordello or [...]

    11. Postmodern men are challenged in their humanity by the twin losses of adventure and uncertainty.For most worker-bees in the real world, "adventure" is expressed on weekends at the game console, or the park, or the mall (in addition to two weeks per year of hermetically-sealed vacation). The lives of postmodern men are pre-planned: the prime of life is to be spent inside the four corners of a cubicle. Life insurance is just another quarterly expense. Any nascent urge to fight or fly away from thi [...]

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