Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by the late William F. Buckley, Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his vintage ocean sailing travel memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1970 by Macmillan.
This vintage travelogue cum memoir recounts a 1960s-era voyage sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in the company of his son in a sailboat, during which he reaches back through his memories to also recall other journeys he has experienced even as he records this one.
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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.