Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales

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Escaping From Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales is not your typical memoir. Jacoby uses versatile language to recall events in the life of a non-conforming seaman who has travelled around the globe on more than one occasion. Through these stories, we learn of the not-so-politically-correct seafarer, Ronnie, who has some interesting perspectives on society and the world. Jacoby spent hours interviewing this seaman recalling tales of his overseas adventures that spanned the years of 1967 to 2006. This independent and free-spirited sailor has lived a life that is unfathomable to most. Having seen and done things that most people wouldn’t accomplish in a lifetime, this seaman provides an eidetic account of his expeditions and encounters across cultures throughout the world.

Although the language used is quite graphic at times, the reader is drawn in by the blatant honesty of this seafarer. This is definitely the kind of book that can be read with a beer in hand, as Jacoby states in his author’s note “Now, go grab a cold one. You’re gonna need it.”

Ronnie was not the type of man to settle down and become an ordinary citizen. Rather, through his words and accounts of his travels, we learn of a man who feels somewhat suppressed by the world around him, so he sets sail to see the world and escape the encumbering society in which he found himself in. “It’s ridiculous that children are nurtured to be independent, and when they do become independent, they’re condemned for it.” At times there is some harsh language used, so this book is not recommended for young readers. However, the situations confronting this seaman throughout his life prove to be an experience for the reader willing to take the journey with him from port to port.

Escaping From Reality provides an inside look at an individual who left everything behind to travel the world in hopes of finding bigger and better things in life. What this seafarer finds on his expeditions certainly proves to be not only an interesting trip for the reader but provides many laughs along the way.


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Author Robert Jacoby
Star Count 4.5/5
Format eBook
Page Count 526 pages
Publisher Cloud Books
Publish Date 22-Sep-2011
ISBN 9780615434896
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Issue April 2012
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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