Friday, 5 April 2019 – Pages 146-220 in Sterling Hayden’s Wanderer
So, I continued with Sterling Hayden’s Wanderer Friday and managed a few more pages than I had on the preceding days.
At the beginning of Friday’s readings, Hayden and company reach the Marquesas. Rather than feeling enchantment, Hayden can’t wait to leave –
The bad feelings lead to a reckoning with the crew, in which everyone airs his or her complaints. At the close of the reading, nothing had been resolved. But Hayden does have at least one realization – “I stare at the stars and I know that this is my final voyage – this is the end of a long sea-road that I started to tramp as a kid” (p. 163). Then, Hayden recounts some of that long road.
Friday’s reading had the same virtues as the preceding sections. It’s a good story with some terrific passages that sneak up on you. Consider –
Around 8 or 9 p.m., I just flaked out on reading. The latter sections of these passages didn’t hold my attention very well. In this material, Hayden gets deep in the weeds on what goes into working as a merchant sailor and I don’t have the requisite background to appreciate his discussion.
Still, I’m glad that I’m reading Wanderer. So far, it gets 7 out of 10.