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Three Ways to Capsize a Boat [Versión Kindle]

Chris Stewart

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If you’re wondering what Chris Stewart did before he and Ana moved to El Valero, their Spanish farm, here’s one of the answers. He took to the sea, landing a job as skipper for the summer, sailing a Cornish Crabber around the Greek islands. It was his dream job – and there was just one tiny problem. He hadn’t ever sailed before and had not the foggiest how to start. In a series of madcap and hilarious adventures we follow Chris from a shaky start in Chichester harbour to his epic Odyssey to Spetses (a bucket would have been handy), and then on to the journey of a lifetime – battening down the hatches on a trip across the North Atlantic. It’s a journey crackling with Chris’s zest for life, irresistible humour, and unerring lack of foresight. Dry land never looked more welcoming. Chris Stewart shot to fame with Driving Over Lemons – Sort Of Books’ launch title in 1999. Funny, insightful and real, the book told the story of how he bought a Spanish peasant farm on the wrong side of the river, with its previous owner still resident. It became an international bestseller and together with its sequels – A Parrot in the Pepper Tree and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society –has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone. Chris prepared for life on his Spanish farm with jobs of doubtful relevance. He was the original drummer in Genesis (he played on the first album), then joined a circus, learnt how to shear sheep, went to China to write the Rough Guide, gained a pilot’s license in Los Angeles, and completed a course in French cooking. Three Ways to Capsize a Boat fills in his lost years as a yacht skipper in the Greek islands and dodging icebergs in the Atlantic. It is that rare thing: a book about sailing equally fun for people without a trace of sea legs. Chris, his wife Ana and their daughter Chloë continue to live on their farm, with their numerous dogs, cats, chickens, sheep and misanthropic parrot.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 1210 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 194
  • Números de página - ISBN de origen: 0307592375
  • Editor: Sort Of (18 de agosto de 2011)
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B006ZOYQ6E
  • Texto a voz: Activado
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  • Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: n°76.318 Pagados en Tienda Kindle (Ver el Top 100 de pago en Tienda Kindle)

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Amazon.com: 4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  28 opiniones
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Quick read about sailing misadventures 21 de septiembre de 2010
Por Jason - Publicado en Amazon.com
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As a former Genesis drummer, one would think Chris Stewart found his niche early, hit his apex. His true calling, however, began unexpectedly as a sea captain. Tales of splashing salt water, life threateningly rough seas, disreputable ship captains, and very tolerant employers are relayed in this quick read packed with traditionally dry British comedic stylings.

Nearly destitute, Chris gets a break when a friend recommends him as a yacht captain - with no prior experience or clue about sailing - to a wealthy couple wishing to sail the Greek islands. Misadventures, both humorous and dangerous, ensue, as he gets his sea legs under him. Later adventures take him across the North Atlantic, a Leif Ericson trip redux, where he learns a hilarious life-lesson about the dangers of urinating while aboard a ship in rough waters.

A lightweight read about one man's adventure travel, Three Ways to Capsize a Boat is at times filled with flowingly detailed prose, but in others bogged down by nautical jargon. Unless you have experience with sailing, tell your personal coxswain to heave to and release the drogue if you think you'll understand everything within this short read. The positive to Stewart's engaging style, however, is that no elements of the story are lost in the vocabulary lesson. Vicarious thrills and dangers can be easily followed by sailing neophytes, despite sentences that may be lost on a reader. Whether it is the bolt rope, bowline, or brace doesn't matter as long as the reader knows "something" is untied.

This is a fun, quick read for a day at the beach, and I'd say it is mandatory reading for sunny days in the crow's nest.

Jason Elin
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A great vacation read 29 de julio de 2010
Por S. Al-Amri - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Reading this book you just have to wonder how someone with that reckless a disregard for his own life made it through all he tried. And you are grateful he isn't your son/husband. So many times he cheated death by pure luck when he should have had more sense than to even be in the situation that was so dangerous.

Taking a job as a captain on a yacht before knowing anything at all about sailing and boats sort of points to a person who can try anything at least once. The fact that he learned to love sailing and actually did please his employers with his expertise points to a really capable person who likes to learn.

There are loads of laughs in this book, and some heart-stopping bits too. The writing has been compared to Bryson and that is a pretty fair comparison. This writer gives you a good read, and you feel you have been with him on a trip when you finish.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Quick, enjoyable read. 2 de julio de 2010
Por Jeff - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Need something light-hearted and quick? Chris manages to engage the reader with many micro-tales. All thoroughly enjoyable and laughable. If I were in his shoes I would surely be disabled, disfigured, and possibly dead. Thanks, Chris, for letting me live vicariously through your words.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Great summer fun reading. 30 de junio de 2010
Por Bruce Oksol - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I have never been disappointed in an English or Scottish writer, and again, I am not disappointed.

I don't think I have ever read anything so refreshing, so clever, so humorous. It's obviously a quick read but great to put in your backpack for a day's outing.

There are only two problems with books like these. First, you wish they were a bit longer. It ends way too soon. Second, you have to pick the best place and best time to read a book like this. You want to savor every page. It is not a book just to read quickly. You want to be completely relaxed, ready for a great read, and hopefully no distractions.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas FUNNY AND INSPIRING 27 de junio de 2010
Por Marie Antoinette - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This book is divided into three parts. The first two parts I thought were pretty funny which include the author learning how to sail and his misadventures sailing around the Greek Islands. I felt that the tone of the third part was totally different from the first two in how the author describes his journey in a sailboat with five other people following Viking Leif Eriksson's historic journey across the Atlantic Ocean, for the most part it has a serious ring to it. Throughout the book, the author gets into some hilarious predicaments in his sailing adventures but then he's able to quickly change his tone of writing and beautifully describes his raw emotions and the beauty that he's experiencing in a poetic way. Overall, it's lightweight and entertaining and I would recommend it.
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