By Simon J. Hall

Simon Hall’s moment e-book is determined within the mid-1970s in the course of the last years of the golden age of British transport, while shipment carriage at sea observed radical swap and the romance of being at sea in old-style shipment ships got here to an finish. Hall’s account is of 5 years within which he labored as a junior officer within the a long way East and South Pacific. this can be no usual memoir; the prose is vividly expressed, frequently stunning, occasionally elegiac as evidenced by means of his description of an evening watch within the Indian Ocean: by myself at the bridge wing within the hot tropical evening, I heard the wind sing in the course of the remains as an Aeolian harp and that i felt anointed via my success. On loading rubber and bushes in Sarawak he writes: the full velocity of lifestyles slowed, it felt as lethargic because the idle Rajang river itself and all of us slowed with it. every thing was once so nonetheless, so unmoving, as though the full global had lain down and long past to sleep. His descriptions of jaunts in forgotten elements of the area are strikingly expressed and there's extra poignancy, from the charting of Hall’s fight opposed to decline into alcohol abuse, expressed in a manner that's in flip either unhappy and surprising: I ordered one other chilly beer and lit one other cigarette, then sat with the ghost of my previous goals whereas the afternoon died round us and we surveyed the wreckage of all my hopes. this can be a massive paintings that captures an age now vanished, written in a method too infrequently encountered.

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