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Old 11-24-2007
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Do you know the name and author of this book

Many years ago, as in 10 to 20 years, I was at a boat show and bought a book from an unlikely looking couple that had a booth. The man was Caucasian about 50. The woman was very young 20’s maybe and looked Polynesian. Their story according to the book was that he was sailing by himself in some out of the way place and attempted to make small talk with a pretty girl at a store where she worked. It was hard as neither knew the others language. A short time later he was very surprised to hear a knock on his hull and saw the girl asking to board. They tried to talk the best they could and he stopped to see her and she visited his boat a few time during the course of just a few days.
He was very very surprised to meet up with the girl and a large contingency of her angry male relatives. He couldn’t understand the argument between the girl and her father and other men. She eventually made it very clear what the deal was. She crossed the short gap between her and the sailor and grabbed him by the arm and really blasted her family. He did not know the details but the body language was clear, he now had crew whether he liked it or not.
In the following weeks he found out that she had had a dream that an older white man would sail in and take her away. She was from a very strict family and her coming on board his boat by herself was essentially an offer of marriage.

There are a couple of other stories but that is the main one.

Anyone know the title of this book? I suspect it was a vanity press book I may have been the only one naive enough to have paid money for it.
I think of it on occasion however, and would like to find it if possible.

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You have convinced me, I am going to all of the out of the way places that I can find. Just kidding. It sounds like a great book and I will be checking back periodically to see if you have found an answer.

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name of book is Mermaids Log by Jim Brennan she's Brazilian he"s cheap
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What a memory svfootloosetoo, thanks. I didn't thing that was the name of the book I was thinking of but I saw a cover and it just may be the one, the girl looked familier. I just ordered it, I'll let you know. Thanks again.
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name of book is Mermaids Log by Jim Brennan she's Brazilian he"s cheap
You are absolutly right.
I just got the book. It is the one I remember. It is fun re-reading and seeing how much my memory has changed the story in 15 years.
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That is so often the case. I recall I got what I thought was a creepy occult mystery out of the library 25 years ago, and reread it only to find it was pretty pedestrian and that I had "remembered" the more lurid elements.

And our whole legal system puts such stock in "witness testimony". Ha.
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Are you sure you're not confusing this with "Miss Saigon" ???? Were you sober at the time ???
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name of book is Mermaids Log by Jim Brennan she's Brazilian he"s cheap
Go out to Salvador (Brazil) right now, and I guarantee you there are half-a-dozen 50 year old male single-handers (mostly French) playing the same game with nubile 20 year old Brazilian girls. So there's hope for you all yet!

Just learn a little Portuguese.
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