Two in a Boat The True Story of a Marital Rite of Passage When she was in her forties recovering from depression and alcoholism Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis decided to trade in her landlubber existence a house in Cardiff Wales and a responsible job at the BB

  • Title: Two in a Boat: The True Story of a Marital Rite of Passage
  • Author: Gwyneth Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780060823238
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When she was in her forties, recovering from depression and alcoholism, Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis decided to trade in her landlubber existence a house in Cardiff, Wales, and a responsible job at the BBC for life aboard a small yacht with her husband, Leighton, a former bosun with the Merchant Navy and now in his midsixties.After buying a yacht Jameeleh and teachWhen she was in her forties, recovering from depression and alcoholism, Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis decided to trade in her landlubber existence a house in Cardiff, Wales, and a responsible job at the BBC for life aboard a small yacht with her husband, Leighton, a former bosun with the Merchant Navy and now in his midsixties.After buying a yacht Jameeleh and teaching themselves to sail it a process not without its fair share of disasters, from psychotic seas off St Govan s Head to a battle with buoys off Ballycotton , Gwyneth and Leighton set out to cross the Atlantic But Gwyneth s seasickness and Leighton s daily deterioration into Captain Bligh were not the only catastrophes they had to contend with This strange, stirring, and often hilarious account of their voyage is as much a beginner s guide to sailing as it is a portrait of a marriage under pressure.Gwyneth Lewis s training, as a poet and a filmmaker, lends her prose a wonderfully visual quality, and her contagious optimism in the face of inconceivable adversity makes this unique memoir both witty and wise.

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    One thought on “Two in a Boat: The True Story of a Marital Rite of Passage”

    1. I must admit I was disappointed with this book.The premise was what first caught my attention: A married couple put their lives on hold to teach themselves to handle a sailboat and strike off to sail off into the unknown. Sounds good doesn't it?Gwyneth's depression became contagious. It seemed to me, the book was written as an apologetic attempt to make something from a failed attempt at their voyage. I felt that she held me hostage, like someone you just met at a party who traps you in a corner [...]

    2. The thought of a boating tale featuring a middle-aged couple sailing across the Bay of Biscay to Spain didn't immediately appeal and I almost cast it aside. However, the punchy, lively confessional writing style of Gwyneth Lewis, the National Poet of Wales, kept me reading and engaged with the various nautical diversions as well as with the trials and tribulations of the trip which turned out to be as stern a test of the couple's marriage as it was of their novice seafaring skills.

    3. Highlights:1. Marriage on a boat can be only as good as it is on land. 2. This is a medium that puts constant pressure on a vessel, ruthlessly exposing any structural defects, careless stilling of goods or negligence on the part of its crew.3. A Marriage is like a boat, it has to be structurally sound before you can expect it to take you any distance in life. 4. Both marriage and that need constant attention if they are to remain seaworthy.5. Ceiling together on a small vessel is like living in [...]

    4. I'm glad to have read it, but I did find it a bit tedious and without momentum in parts, albeit from a refreshing perspective. Perhaps this is my fault for expecting to read a different story than the one the author wrote? Nevertheless, it was a valuable read on many levels, and for this, I am happy to have spent the time reading it.

    5. I don't remember reading a book with a protagonist that I dislike so much. Sad, because its an autobiography.

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