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Title : Berserk: My Voyage to the Antarctic in a Twenty-Seven-Foot Sailboat
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ISBN : 9781592282777
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Berserk: My Voyage to the Antarctic in a Twenty-Seven-Foot Sailboat Reviews

  • Jan
    2019-02-15 01:07

    When I read the blurb on this book, I couldn’t believe that someone would actually get into a 27 foot fiberglass sailboat and try to sail the Drake Passage to Antarctica. But that is exactly what these three men did! This book is about their adventure and all the trials and tribulations they experienced, including the mutiny of one of the crew members. I found it a fascinating account of an exciting and unbelievable trip. Mercy does an outstanding job describing all the emotional highs and lows he experienced and what he learned personally from the trip. His descriptions of Antarctica are beautiful and sometimes quite poetic: “a land of sherbet that you wanted to swallow in your soul”“Icebergs breathe with a life of their own. On the water they rise up and swallow the sea in gulps, then crash back down with a white splash, creaking and moaning their ugly roar just like they are alive, like a breathing whale. Every so often they somersault in place, like a dolphin, taking anything in their path with them. And most of all, like Man himself, they will kill without remorse.”I also enjoyed his connection with all the animals he encountered and his frequent attempts to converse with them. When I was done with the book, I went on youtube and found a couple of clips of him with his sea lions. I was disappointed that it didn’t portray him singing to them like the book described. All in all, this was a great read. What even made it better was that as I was reading about each of their stops, I went online to find images so that I would have a better visual of where they were. I feel like I had my own little travel adventure with them. It was a 5 star trip for me!

  • Helen
    2019-02-10 03:11

    One of my qualms about travel memoirs is that I find author get way to much into their feelings and their previous life story. I read travel memoirs to put myself in the shoes of the author and live the experiences with them. This means I want vivid accounts of the action that the author experience. Berserk did not disappoint. Every new paragraph was a new struggle that had to be worked through or a breathtaking event. Mercy's writing style is very blunt, but really works because of how intricate his experiences were. If his writing style was even in the least bit superfluous this memoir could easily become convoluted. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants a travel experience that pull you out of your comfort-zone to exhilarate and electrify you. My only critique with this book is that I think the author was not very reflective on himself and what he was doing. Both the captain of the ship and his travel buddy were freaking out at times and of course he talked about this, but the way he described himself was always calm and collect. Just sort of there as everything happened around him. It gives the sense that he was trying to paint himself in a positive light and it even gave me a pang of false narration. Yet, because this book was just so intriguing and never boring even this detail could not hold it back.

  • Nancy Thornton
    2019-01-27 01:27

    well written and full of imagery. a crazy notion -- one young captain and two novice sailors take off for Antarctica. kept me interested and longing for adventure...though i would never in a lifetime attempt such a feat! good read.

  • Mik Hetu
    2019-01-22 00:18

    This is another of those books that is much better than you expect it to be!In 1998, 21 year–old Norwegian Jarle Andhoey and crew sailed a 70’s era fiberglass boat (an Albin Vega) to Antarctica and have been talked about among sailors ever since. The young captain has been called everything from “a crazy Viking“ to reckless, foolish, and irresponsible, but others greatly admire him for his spirit and courage. His boat was small — 27 feet long, about 4500 pounds, and no head (bathroom) — but he sailed it from Norway to Cape Horn (from the top of the world to the bottom), and then through a Force 12 storm (a hurricane) on the way to Antarctica, and then among the icebergs for two months, literally fending them off with his feet. Many would contest his self–appraisal (“Crazy, but not stupid”), but you have to admit, the “crazy Viking” has more spunk and spirit than the total of many tens of thousands of regular people. David Mercy — who did not know how to sail — signed on as crew within ten minutes of meeting Jarle (pronounced “Yar–la”), and then went around the docks scrounging up gloves and appropriate foul–weather gear. He wanted an adventure, and he got it! Through several incidents where he was sure he was about to die, he grew, and the ending of the book is very satisfying.David Mercy’s writing style fits perfectly with this tale: he vividly describes images of the “South Pole” ocean and the ice, and he efficiently, effectively describes the evolution within himself because of the journey. Of the former, here’s a brief example: “Outside in the cockpit, the world provided a marvelous view: the orange–red–blue glow of the sun as it set on one side of me and rose on the other, simultaneously. The rain stopped, the sky opened, and the evening took on a cool metallic–blue calm. Seabirds fluttered about in the night as the sky kept opening like a flower in bloom, revealing rainbow shades of color never before imagined.”Oh ya, this is well worth reading!

  • Connie N.
    2019-02-06 22:16

    Fascinating memoir by a writer, David Mercy, who had visited 6 of the 7 continents and wanted to find any way he could to get to the last one. He discovers that a young 21-year-old is captain of a small sailboat, planning a trip from the tip of South America to Antarctica. Jarle welcomes him aboard, along with David's friend Manuel. They face many adventures, some interesting and exciting, some political drama (with Manuel), and some just downright dangerous and life-threatening. Most people tell them they are crazy to attempt such a trip in this small and under-equipped vessel, but they are adventurous and David feels that Jarle is an instinctive and gifted sailor. David, having had no prior knowledge of sailing, learns a lot and learns of Jarle's skill and effectiveness as a captain. He and Jarle become like brothers as they face their challenges together. The story is very readable, providing a small snapshot of what it's really like to visit such a cold and forbidding area of the world. It's not just about the nuts and bolts of the trip, but there's a lot of depth, insights into the people intimately involved in the story as well as folks that they meet along the way. This is more than just a physical journey, but a mental and spiritual one as well.

  • Matthew Parsons
    2019-02-02 22:08

    No idea how they didn't die.

  • Les Reynolds
    2019-02-16 22:10

    Great story; well written, and an amazing accomplishment. The lack of correct sailing terminology kind of drove me crazy though.

  • Mike Pedersen
    2019-02-09 02:26

    being an adventurer at heart, this book got me thinking about escaping the 9 - 5.

  • Alisa
    2019-01-29 20:25

    Hilarious account of a very serious adventure attempt. Definitely worth reading.