The Cruise of the Jest
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. . . a completely extraordinary piece of classic coming-of-age literature.
About The Cruise of the Jest
His father told him to sail Jest, a 35-foot boat, from San Francisco to Hawaii. No, he thought. No, he couldn't imagine himself doing that. He couldn't imagine spending days at sea and sailing thousands of miles with nothing but an empty horizon before him. But he knew his father would be after him. So he took Jest out of her slip in Sausalito and tried to hide in a small, out-of-the-way harbor. When that didn't work, he tried to run away by sailing down the coast to Mexico. But that wasn't enough either. He had to keep running by sailing across the ocean to the South Seas. He sailed farther than he planned, farther than he even thought possible, until eventually, after thousands of miles, he sailed alone around the world.