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it is good-ish
This book is many things: given its age, it is a surprisingly readable and delightful tale of a life very different from the modern. It is a historical account of a long-gone Californian frontier. It is a treatise on the rights of labor in the face of an often tyrannical hierarchy at sea. Most of all, it is a great story, simply told, and one that reminds us that we should never go on an adventure without a story to tell our fellows and a song to sing while hauling at the capstan.