Re: Recommended Reading
Just finished Monique Roffey's "Archipelago". This is a beautiful novel, a story of a father and his 6 year old daughter and their dog who sail from Trinidad through the Carribbean (Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Los Roques, San Blas, the Canal) to the Galapagos. They are escaping from an ongoing family tragedy (no spoilers here), seeking peace and understanding with nature and themselves. This is no mere sailing travelogue; while the descriptions of sailing and seamanship are an integral part of the story, make no mistake: they are primarily a vehicle for the author to explore the relationships between the characters, and how they (and all of us) relate to Nature. And these characters are unforgettable in their humanity, sadness, hopefulness and sheer will to overcome. The scenes of Gavin, Ocean (the daughter) and Suzy (their faithful dog) discovering the wonders of the natural beauty and political realities of the Carribbean are very moving. Seen through the lens of these people, it becomes very easy to understand why the cruising lifestyle is so seductive, and why its not for everyone.
I stumbled across this book at Heathrow Airport; I don't even know if it was published in the USA. Whatever. Find it. Read it.