Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book o' the Month: Two Years Before the Mast

I have been reading this book since August, and it is not the book's fault.  I've just been so darn busy!

Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. is a fascinating journal.  Mr. Dana was a student at Harvard, who in 1834 went to work as a sailor (to help restore his health after an illness) on a ship from Boston around Cape Horn up the coast of Alta California, and back.  (Yes, Dana Point in So Cal is named for him.)  This book utterly captivates me and catapults me back in time to when California was part of Mexico.  This bit of history has always interested me, and this journal is as readable as a novel.  I would highly recommend it for those interested in history, sailing, California, or just a swashbuckling adventure--that really happened!

I don't see Some of a Kind's new post up for today, but gladly link to Adrienne's post from last month.  She is always reading good stuff...check it out!  I will edit later, if she posts Turn the Page ... Tuesday for October.

1 comment:

  1. I think we're on the same wavelength about books!