The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

by Nicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0070650845 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 2/9/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, February 09, 2018
I got this softcover from the ongoing charity-sale shelves at a local Hannaford's. (I'd read about Crowhurst in A Voyage for Madmen some years ago; it used this book as a reference.)

The story's a compelling one, of a man caught up in an increasingly desperate attempt to preserve his family from ruin after he basically bet their future on a solo around-the-world sailing race. How this all came about, the nature of Crowhurst himself, the intricate layers of deceit that eventually trapped him... it's an almost Shakespearian tragedy, with a cascade of events beyond Crowhurst's control that removed his options one by one. (Or so he perceived; I'm sure his family would have preferred him to take the route that left him alive, however humiliated and financially strapped.)

[There have been several film versions of Crowhurst's story, including a documentary and a 2018 drama, but those were not explicitly based on this book. However, the 1982 French film The Roaring Forties was adapted from this book, though somewhat loosely.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Heritage Rail Trail in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, February 10, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (2/10/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Heritage Rail Trail in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library on this rainy afternoon; hope someone enjoys it!

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