Eight Men and a Duck: An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island

Eight Men and a Duck An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island Nick Thorpe was innocently travelling around South America with his girlfriend Ali when he came across an American adventurer planning to sail from Chile to Easter Island on a Bolivian boat made of

  • Title: Eight Men and a Duck: An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island
  • Author: NickThorpe
  • ISBN: 9780349114545
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Nick Thorpe was innocently travelling around South America with his girlfriend, Ali, when he came across an American adventurer planning to sail from Chile to Easter Island on a Bolivian boat made of reeds Inspired by the great Thor Heyerdahl, Buck had recruited seven men to join him on this experiment to discover whether it might have been possible that Polynesia was firNick Thorpe was innocently travelling around South America with his girlfriend, Ali, when he came across an American adventurer planning to sail from Chile to Easter Island on a Bolivian boat made of reeds Inspired by the great Thor Heyerdahl, Buck had recruited seven men to join him on this experiment to discover whether it might have been possible that Polynesia was first settled from South America rather than Asia But when one of them dropped out a place in the crew became available for Nick What followed was a somewhat bizarre expedition undertaken by a rather makeshift vessel, a couple of ducks one of which could have only guessed at its fate and a group of men, who, when all was said and done, weren t quite sure how to sail a boat Eight Men and a Duck is a tale of storms, amateur seamen and the occasional shark.

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    1. I wish that I liked this one as much as some of the best of the sailing genre. Thorpe is a journalist and kept the story moving along. He just doesn't have much sailing background and it was a pretty uneventful trip, so he focused most of his story on the inexperienced crew. Unfortunitely, his constant pettiness, fear and cluelessness and the ineptness of the crew just wore me out by the end. This was the story of "captain" Phil Buck's plan to move a commissioned reed boat from Lake Titicaca, fi [...]

    2. I read this book assuming that it would be some a bland read yet from almost the first chapter I was sucked into the book. The book follows the author across the South Pacific where he and the rest of the crew encounters sharks, loneliness and a variation of cabin fever which is unnerving on a normal boat yet these men dealt with it while on a large raft made of reeds. Nick Thorpe, the narrator, gives perspective on the necessities that make up an odd voyage such as that with humor and fact that [...]

    3. You can also find my review of Eight Men and a Duck on my book blogA journalist has a chance encounter with a confident, gung-ho adventurous American, and decides to join the American's quest to cross from Chile to Easter Island in a reed boat, inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki adventure (which never actually landed on Easter Island). The book reads like someone telling a yarn to his mates. It's chummy, everyone's improvising, a bit inept, and hugely reliant on luck. The quest is about as wi [...]

    4. The author (a veteran traveller) kind of happens upon a group of men who are building a reed boat with the intention of sailing it from South America to Easter Island, to show that it could be done. He somehow ends up on the boat as part of an extremely lackadaisical crew, who do not seem to share his sense of panic over things like no radio. It was a very quick and enjoyable read.

    5. Easy reading book, amusing and interesting voyage. An amazingly disorganised and seemingly poorly planned adventure, making it all the more surprising that they succeeded with relative ease!Less serious, but in the same vein as Tim Severin's adventures.

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