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I will start out by giving credit where credit is due. The Starkells have accomplished a remarkable and even inspiring milestone in human adventure. Having said that I'm afraid that the "journal" approach of this book reveals a rather self-centered side of the Starkells that overshadows the rest of the story. Yes, they were only human, but other than personal struggles and examples of human perseverance the book comes up short on the how-to and descriptions of the various places they passed through. I don't want to be unfair since I haven't engaged such adventures of this magnitude myself, but the book gave me an uneasy feeling I was reading about some homeless people who by the grace of other people managed to stumble their way down the continent and survive many close calls born out of improper planning (or in some cases, no planning at all) and bad decision making. For a general example: There is basically goodwill expressed regarding all individuals who lent material support (and there were many), but much disdain for those who didn't give them what they expected. There has been much positive comparison between the Starkells and Joshua Slocum. I don't understand how this can be! Slocum, in words and deeds, was in a league far above the Starkells. The Starkells did something magnificent, but as in so many cases their journey was tarnished by their human natures. Slocum's nature made his adventures all the better!
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