"The Boat Who Wouldn't Float"

The Boat Who Wouldn't Float by Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat is a wonderfully entertaining writer. His books are more fun than anything I've come across in a long time; if you haven't read them you are missing out on some of the liveliest, and often looniest, reads out there.

 This time he's telling the story of his sailboat and the unbelievably crazy experiences he had with it. If it was fiction I'd say it was overdone, too far fetched to make a credible story, but all these things actually happened, and thankfully he had the urge to write them down so we could share it all with him.

The boat, Happy Adventure, has a personality of it's own and is, in fact, the main character in this story. She is a cranky, stubborn, vindictive old vessel that seems bent on doing exactly what she wants to do, which is usually the opposite of what her captain would have her do. I had to keep reminding myself that a boat is an inanimate object and it could not possibly be thinking on it's own.

Farley Mowat has a genius for finding the comedy in odd people and unpleasant situations. I wish I could see life as he does. It would be so much more fun. All the quirks and foibles that come with being human are examined and used to turn out stories that you wish would go on forever. It's a shame he only has one life to live and write about.

Treat yourself to this or another of Mowat's books soon. They are parties that you've been invited to and you will be glad you decided to go!


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