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Coasting: A Private Voyage By Jonathan Raban Coasting A Private Voyage Put Jonathan Raban on a boat and the results will be fascinating and never so than when he s sailing around the serpentine mile coast of his native England In this acutely perceived and beauti

  • Title: Coasting: A Private Voyage
  • Author: Jonathan Raban
  • ISBN: 9780375725937
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • Coasting: A Private Voyage By Jonathan Raban Put Jonathan Raban on a boat and the results will be fascinating, and never so than when he s sailing around the serpentine, 2,000 mile coast of his native England In this acutely perceived and beautifully written book, the bestselling author of Bad Land turns that voyage which coincided with the Falklands war of 1982 into an occasion for meditations on his country,Put Jonathan Raban on a boat and the results will be fascinating, and never so than when he s sailing around the serpentine, 2,000 mile coast of his native England In this acutely perceived and beautifully written book, the bestselling author of Bad Land turns that voyage which coincided with the Falklands war of 1982 into an occasion for meditations on his country, his childhood, and the elusive notion of home Whether he s chatting with bored tax exiles on the Isle of Man, wrestling down a mainsail during a titanic gale, or crashing a Scottish house party where the kilted guests turn out to be Americans, Raban is alert to the slightest nuance of meaning One can read Coasting for his precise naturalistic descriptions or his mordant comments on the new England, where the principal industry seems to be the marketing of Englishness But one always reads it with pleasure.
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    1. Andrew on said:

      Normally, Jonathan Raban is one of the sunnier travel writers out there, but in Britain in the early 1980s, sunlight was strictly forbidden Please see the attached documents the complete oeuvre of Hanif Kureishi and Derek Raymond, Paul Theroux s Kingdom by the Sea, the complete musical output of Joy Division and the Smiths, This Is England the list goes on.He starts in the hyper conservative tax dodge of the Isle of Man, and then works his way around the coast, expressing horror in various degre [...]

    2. Greg on said:

      Reading this book at the moment and finding it very satisfying and up there with Passage to Juneau by the same author and in a similar vein I do worry about his relationships with women though At the start he decribes being galvanised by earlier sailing books written by authors with philistine certainties and chauvinistic attitudes towards women Not referring to himself of course, but most of the characters he connects with in the book are men, and he talks about his relationship with his boat a [...]

    3. Cedric Rose on said:

      If you re an anglophile and a boat o phile and a limnophile, you re going to love this book Raban delivers his usual heavy dose of esotera and history some of it in the making here The Falklands conflict gets under way, coal miners are going on strike, and England is decaying as Raban sets sailing in the Gosfield Maid.

    4. Eric on said:

      Read this with The kingdom by the sea by Paul Theroux Theroux walks around the UK, Raban sails They meet each other and both report the meeting in their book Let s say they have a different perspective I like Raban s best and he s a better writer than Theroux.

    5. Matthew Cartledge on said:

      Not a conventional travel book in any sense, the narrative doesn t follow the course of the journey chronologically, and instead strings together a series of musings on life and the state of the nation in the early 80s against the backdrop of Raban s round Britain sailing voyage The dry, slightly gloomy tone suited my January mood, and the whole book works wonderfully well Such a shame it seems to be out of print.

    6. Judith Rich on said:

      Raban travelled around the coast of Britain in 1982 and his voyage coincided with the Falklands War or Falklands Crisis, then Falklands Conflict as we called it back in the day.I found this horribly depressing reading, realising how little has changed The them and us island mentality he discovers, the racism and the nastiness of the tabloid press.

    7. Gail Pool on said:

      To some degree the traveler is always an outsider For the travel writer this poses a risk there are journeys where he never gains entry his account is that of a stranger in a land he doesn t understand Yet it can also work to his advantage the very detachment of being an outsider can serve to sharpen his perceptions and observations.In Coasting , Jonathan Raban plays the outsider s role wonderfully as a traveler in his own land In 1982, at 40, the British travel writer set out to sail around the [...]

    8. Sandy on said:

      very well written thoughtful and thought provoking I am enjoying it.Rabin writes about the ocean with the kind of body and beauty of Van Gogh s paintings, the visible details and swirls of color and light and texture I ve read a lot of books about the sea and sailing but I have never come across a writer who is so in touch with his environment that he can write about it with such a close eye and such a texturally rich voice That he choses to write with this depth of expression is in itself a rem [...]

    9. Greta on said:

      A morose, melancholy journey in search of what he remembers his home country to be, Jonathan Raban is a skillful writer who manages to describe every possible nuance of the bleak despair he seeks, and frequently encounters.I found the book fascinating for a couple of reasons The setting in 1982, the year my first child was born, brought back many memories of the Lady Di and royal wedding infatuations that were so popular in America at that time His vision, from the other side of the ocean, was q [...]

    10. Maddy on said:

      Best find yet from the free little library box in my neighbourhood My edition is from the 1980s and doesn t have a subtitle I was really drawn in to Raban s prose but part way through the book was a little disappointed that a he doesn t talk about that many British coast towns I can only remember the Isle of Man, Fowey, Brighton, Rye, London, Hull, Essex that s what the book is supposed to be about and b he seems to have a passive agressive vendetta against Paul Theroux, which he insists on ment [...]

    11. Robert Ditterich on said:

      Raban is not your average escapist writing about the bliss of being footloose in a boat Where you might expect this simply to be a salty tale, it turns out being a wonderful insight into the state of Britain in the early 1980 s, as glimpsed from the cockpit of his boat and his venturing into port as he makes his way around an island in a state of turbid change He is an outsider in many ways but this is a very useful filter for his musings on the nature of a population surrounded by water, at a t [...]

    12. Stacy Bearse on said:

      This is a wonderful book, less about sailing, and about life in England in the early 1980s Raban hugged the British coast during his 3000 mile journey, frequently stopping in ports to interact with the locals and learn about their history His perspectives on the state of England s fishing and coal industries were depressing when written in 1982, and would be even disappointing if written today Raban is particularly nettled by the faux history re created by towns and villages desperate to repla [...]

    13. Bob Roller on said:

      Knocking about from port to port, you keep on going past the port you originally started out from In that regard at least, coasting is a lot lifelike than those epic journeys which reduce the world to a magnificent straight line of conquest and the coaster s chronic itch, to be moving on only in order to get nearer home, his never quite knowing whether he s returning or running away, are real, in a daily way, than the exotic compulsions of the serious travelers who voyage intrepidly from A to [...]

    14. Michael Harris on said:

      After reading my first of His Passage to Juneau, I ordered three others from Coasting, published in 1987, chronicles his journey sailing completely around England Scotland and Wales He weaves the coastal cites and towns into a personal story and one heavily laced with quotations from writings about sailing or the places he visits His style is perfect as you begin to feel you are a stowaway on the boat.

    15. Susan on said:

      Recommended by various crew members of the Annabel J on a voyage from St Mawes to The Isles of Scilly, I found the book on the take me table of a BB back after returning to land, and read it cover to cover Already a fan of Raban, I wondered how I missed it before, then realized it came into my life at exactly the right time.

    16. Portobellord on said:

      I came away from this feeling like I hadn t read anything at all That is to say, it felt like there was nothing to this book Perhaps this was too personal, full of details and musings only the author could enjoy His book Passage to Juneau is much better.

    17. Fiona Hopkins on said:

      I found this to be rather boring and a little pretentious I don t feel anything after finishing this other than relieved Wouldn t recommend.

    18. Tattered Cover Book Store on said:

      Sept 08 pick for the Travel Lovers Book Club, discussion 9 8 08 at 5 30 pm at Tattered Cover Colfax Ave.

    19. Bill Ibelle on said:

      If you are a sailor, this is a great read If you re not a sailor, it s still quite interesting.

    20. Leah on said:

      Parts of it I really liked, parts of it I just couldn t getinto and skipped over.

    21. Discontinuous Permafrost on said:

      Good book by an author that is great at writing about the sea.

    22. Maurits Vlugt on said:

      I registered a book at BookCrossing BookCrossing journal 12899346

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