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The Unpredictability of The Sea

What I found quite interesting about these first five chapters would be the almost unknown fate of anyone who is a sailor or on board a sailing vessel. From pirates to all out battles- the sea seems to be extremely dangerous, besides the obvious dangers of operating the vessel.

This unpredictability seems to echo Robinson Crusoe and the almost limitless misfortunes in that novel. Shipwrecks, taken prisoner, and cannibals. This features explosions, kidnappings, and brutal behavior. Both would probably be considered action novels if not for the overwhelming moral issues.

This new novel shifts locations fairly often but usually is on the wild open ocean or nearby in a port town. I found this a little hard to keep up with but the overall story moves along well and I didn’t get bogged down that bad. Time seems to move pretty quickly, and I found the almost unlimited ability for our narrator to learn quite amazing. A new language, new technology, and new customs and religion would hit me like a ton of bricks but considering his situation he takes it remarkably well.

It was quite sad the emotional comings and goings of his friends and family. Almost like two ships passing in the night, seeing someone you’ve met during your bondage would be like seeing a family member. When he learns of the fate of his sea friend and receives his trunk, he seems heartbroken, I thought the writing during these moments superb as well as the reaching out to the world ‘do unto others’ section.

 

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