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Sailing Home [Paperback]

Gary Geddes
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April 25 2002

Fully aware that his mythical home-place might have vanished forever into memory (or at least into sad disrepair), Gary Geddes set out to discover his roots in a 31-foot British sailing sloop, christened the Groais. Those tangled roots wound their way up British Columbia's famed Inside Passage, an ancient sea route of nearly one thousand miles, an often turbulent waterscape where Geddes discovers a vibrant history, livelihoods come and gone, dramatic scenery, and ghosts of the past.

The result of that search is SAILING HOME, a wonderful meditative literary journey that is both a poignant personal memoir and a crow's nest view of the west coast's rich 10,000-year cultural, social and economic heritage.

Despite his seafaring background-Geddes' grandfather was a fisherman who drowned mysteriously off Point Atkinson and his father was a deep sea diver, shipbuilder and salmon fisherman-he knows he is navigationally challenged with nautical experience anchored by raw fear, mechanical ineptness and bouts of seasickness. Setting out with the latest in technology (along with indecipherable charts, an adventure library, and the writings of George Vancouver and Charles Darwin), he soon finds himself at the mercy of a willful boat and an even more headstrong sea. But as he sails through unexpected storms and cotton wool fogs, he discovers that his own past is becoming a strong current in the shifting tides of coastal history.

Lyrical and evocative, this is a book for all those embarking on their own personal journeys, whether they be by water, land or the flight paths of the imagination.


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GARY GEDDES is an award-winning poet, writer, editor and critic. He has written and edited more than 30 books, including the bestselling Sailing Home and several literary anthologies. His work has been dramatized on CBC and BBC radio and on stage, and he has won more than a dozen national and international awards, including the Americas Best Book Award and the Gabriela Mistral Prize. Most recently, he was Distinguished Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University iin Bellingham. Gary Geddes lives in Sooke, B.C.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book Dec 25 2012
Format:Paperback
I cannot believe that this book has never been reviewed. The Salish Sea is one favourite places to sail. I read Sailing Home on a cruise through the area. I seemed to be at one with the book as spent time in the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Dec 29 2012
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I bought this book on here because I found out that my cousin wrote it. Wanted to see what book was about. Good book!!!
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