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Airborne

By William F Buckley

William Buckley recounts his life-affirming adventure with son, Christopher, as they sail across the Atlantic aboard his sailboat, Cyrano.

Their voyage is brought to life with vivid images of the sea exposing both the perils and wonders of the ocean.

Buckley logs detailed descriptions of their daily experiences and musings, inviting the reader aboard the boat, to enjoy the ebb and flow of daily life at sea.

What at first appears to be a chronicle of sailing, transforms quite literally into ‘a sentimal journey’ through time, as Buckley reflects on his past and previous sailing experiences, as far back as when he was just thirteen.

Through this reflection, he is able to consider his successes as both a seaman and a father, interweaving narratives through the use of journals.

Airborne is a story of travel and reflection, beautifully depicting the vast and other-worldly quality of the ocean, a space untouched and unmarred by human habitation.

William F. Buckley Jr. (Nov. 1925 – Feb. 2008) was born in New York and was a conservative author and commentator. He founded the National Review magazine in 1955, as well as writing more than fifty books on a variety of topics such as history, politics and sailing.

 

 
 
 
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