Racing Through Paradise: A Pacific Passage by the late author 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 ocean-going sailing travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1987 by Random House and was a bestseller back in the day.
This is his travel memoir of a sailboat trip across the Pacific Ocean (his earlier memoir of a similar Atlantic Ocean voyage, Airborne: A Sentimental Journey, has previously been offered free as well) in the company of his son and friends, with many stops at various locations along the way, including the Galapagos, the Azores, and more, peppered with recollections of journeys past, as well as present experiences.
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Racing Through Paradise is the third entry in Bill Buckley’s now classic sailing trilogy.
In the best-selling Airborne, he introduced us to his special style of seagoing: episodes of high adventure and high spirits, occasional hardships, companionship, and such luxuries as a sailing craft can hope to have.
In Atlantic High, another critically acclaimed best seller, he furthered the form. Now, Buckley takes his son, his friends, and his reader to another ocean, on a four thousand mile run across the Pacific.
Each Buckley voyage is distinctive, yet each is an enhancement of earlier journeys. And a journey with Buckley is inevitably an expedition into oddly assorted experiences and comedy, into observation and illumination — into wit and reflection, and into friendships that overcome friction.
Here the irrepressible, eloquent, enjoyable Buckley guides us through his beloved Azores, and through the Galapagos (“the Bronx Zoo at the Equator”), about which he inclines more to Melville’s view than to Darwin’s, and through places such as Johnston Atoll, where mysteries and hostile ties await.
On a hilarious side adventure, we have a memorable encounter with “The Angel of Craig’s Point.” Some of these episodes were previewed in Life and The New Yorker.