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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

I read the book (Kindle version) last weekend. I had very mixed feelings about it.

On one hand, it is great to read a first-hand experience of what really happens when a complete newbie with big dreams just decides to go for it and try to make it happen with little experience. I've been hanging around Sailnet for a few years, and you do see a *lot* of posts by folks who have never been on a sailboat (or barely) and want to 'sail around the world' and experience 'complete freedom'. Then there will be a long thread with a lot of talk and then you seldom see the OP again. I always wonder what happened to those people, and this book was an excellent tale of what happens when those dreams encounter the reality of sailing. For that reason, I bet I will be recommending this book to such folks when they show up at Sailnet.

On the other hand, the long sections regarding Glenn's dating failures and repeated speeches on his inability to be attracted to anyone who deviates too far in either age or dimensions from a porn star wear thin, and really detract from the story. I'm sure he's just describing the way he feels, but it's a profoundly depressing dialogue on a number of levels, and I won't be recommending this book to female friends. Every female character in the book is seen through the fun-house mirror of Glenn's perspective, and not surprisingly, none of them come off better for it. More than anything else after reading this book, I wanted Joyce's side of the story.

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