Saturday, 6 April 2019 – Pages 220 – 283 in Sterling Hayden’s Wanderer
Early Saturday evening, my alma mater (Auburn University) flamed out in basketball’s Final Four. Saturday night, I nursed my hurts with a couple of Ying Yang (Yuengling) Lights and Sterling Hayden’s Wanderer.
After almost 300 pages, I feel safe in concluding that I like the sections of Wanderer where Hayden discusses his path through life. At the same time, the sailing sections tell me “more than I wanted to know.”
Saturday evening, I read some sections covering Hayden and crew’s arrival in Tahiti. To his surprise, he finds that his voyage – on which he took his children, in defiance of a court order – has become something of a media sensation. Hayden finds himself melancholic, thinking of a letter he once wrote to tell a Tahitian woman that he was breaking their engagement –
The passages also recount the beginnings of Hayden’s acting career. I found his anti-Hollywood sentiments to be unconvincing. He wants the reader to believe that he never liked Hollywood, but clearly he’d reaped the rewards – and would eventually return to acting. At the time, Hayden does a good job of explaining why he wanted to write Wanderer –
Wanderer still rates a solid 7 out of 10. But I’m starting to think of what I’ll read next.