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Author: Kevin and Straalen Alice Van (Editor) Patterson
ISBN13: 978-0140290912
Title: The Water in Between: A Journey at Sea
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Language: English
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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New Ed edition (2001)
Pages: 304

The Water in Between: A Journey at Sea by Kevin and Straalen Alice Van (Editor) Patterson

The Water in Between book. Kevin Patterson is a doctor who wants to get away from his hateful life in the Canadian army in Manitoba. By the end of the book (after two years) he has learned enough to sail back to Canada by himself and we have endured some near misses with him.

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Kevin Patterson grew up in Selkirk, Manitoba, and put himself through medical school by enlisting in the Canadian Army. When his stint was up, he worked as a doctor in the Arctic and on the . coast while studying for his MFA at UBC. He is currently a resident in internal medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and is also a regular correspondent for Saturday Night magazine. The Water in Between is also being published in the . Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) and the . The Sea Mouse is moored on Salt Spring Island.

As a sea-kayaker and an avid reader of books, fiction and non-fiction, dealing with travel, yachting, the seas and kayaking, I bought Kevin Patterson's book, The Water in Between expecting a good yarn regarding a sea voyage

Kevin Patterson's journey is a richly written autobiographical work of a wonderful journey taken from British Columbia to Tahiti ad back. In addition to being a challenging journey for a man who has never sailed before, it is also a fine literary analysis for reasons of taking a journey of this kind. The book is a thrill to read on a literary level for the amazing understanding of the writing of Bruce Chatwin as well as other writers, sailors and friends who have taken serious voyages and were "going" places and loved both the voyage as well as the locations and the natives. The Water in Between" is not simply the tale of a 29 year old man fulfilling some egotistical plight to capture his youth, or his attempt to 'bodly go where few men have gone before', rather it is an honest, and at times a hilariously sarcastic narrative, about a person who decided to shed the skin of self-pity, and go for it.

Publisher:Anchor Books. Author: Patterson, Kevin; Straalen, Alice Van; Publication Date:2001-06-19. A stint in the army and a broken heart lead Patterson to the dock of a sailboat brokerage on Vancouver Island, where he stands contemplating the romance of the ocean. His plan is to sail to Tahiti and back while burning away his failings in hard miles at Sea.

9780679310549 Patterson Pacific Ocean & Southern Seas Water in Between: A Journey at Sea softcover 2000 Water in Between: A Journey at Se. When the adventure begins to pall Patterson turns for home–but to get there he faces a tough upwind, singlehanded sail through gale-force winds. This is a high-seas adventure story that combines wit and deep reflection with lots of action. ISBN 10: 679310541 ISBN 13: 9780679310549 Pages: 289 Published: 2000 Format: softcover Category: Pacific Ocean & Southern Seas. I did it! by Linda Kenyon.

The Water in Between. A Journey at Sea. By Kevin Patterson. At first Patterson finds life under sail distinctly less heroic than the travel literature that has inspired him. But when his companion remains behind, Patterson single-handedly sails his boat across the North Pacific and through a perilous four-day gale, truly testing himself against the elements. About The Water in Between. A broken heart leads Kevin Patterson to the dock of a sailboat brokerage on Vancouver Island, where he stands contemplating the romance of the sea and his heartfelt desire to get away

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Reviews: 7
As a sea-kayaker and an avid reader of books, fiction and non-fiction, dealing with travel, yachting, the seas and kayaking, I bought Kevin Patterson's book, The Water in Between expecting a good yarn regarding a sea voyage. However what I was treated to were lengthy details about Patterson's tedious love affairs, the dreariness of Canadian army life in the baracks and LOTS of quotations from travels writers such as L. Durell, P. Theroux, W. Thesiger (though he omits mentioning his homosexual overtones), B. Moitessier, E. Newby, J. Raban, just to name a few. Travel Literature 101. Nevertheless, one cannot take away from the fact that his journey is one that many of us only dream of as we sit ensconced in recliner chairs and most would agree that a journey is in great part within, never mind the details about rigging and sea anchors and repairing genoa sails. Patterson seems to admire and respect P. Theroux's writing and would do well to re-read his travel books (Happy Isles, Great Railway Bazaar, Riding the Iron Rooster, and others) and study how one can weave literature within the main framework of the book without sounding pedantic and though it's understanding that one's writings or need for travel (escape?) can be brought on by personal grief or incidents in one's life, this can mentioned in brief passing as is done in (Theroux's) Happy Isles. For this reason, my book review loses two stars, hoewever I'd still recommend reading the book. Author of "Motorcycle Vagabonding in Japan"
My favorite stories revolve around a journey, are well written and honest. That is why this book ranks five stars.
Not a travelogue as much as a fleshing out of the regrets of a man on the ocean. He admits to the self-pity early, and it is as consistent as the tides. Only about half the time is spent discussing the travels, but when they are, they are excellent (Perryhn and Palmyra). The verbal journey in-between can be long, but the hope for more of it kept me interested enough to finish.
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Christopher Buckley likens this book to Theroux's "Happy Isles of Oceania," but I do not agree. Patterson, totally inexperienced, buys a ferro-cement sailboat in British Columbia, adds two slight acquaintances, successfully sails to the South Pacific islands and then, alone, eventually returns (barely) to Seattle. However, this is less an account of a sailing venture than a personal self analysis of a not very interesting person who fumbles through the months as amateur sailor and beachcomber with little edifying result. Patterson is also given to including long, page-length quotes from several well-known sailing voyage authors that I have already read in the original, and I did not appreciate Patterson padding his less effective prose with those excerpts.
Some reviewers have complained that this is a book of ideas, and certainly it is. It is not a book of macho adventure, though his lack a natural sailing ability does make for some harrowing moments. His trip between Vancouver Island and Tahiti serves more as reference point for deeper, more personal reflections than a pure narrative, and he manages this without any penchant for flakey expostulations about his personal growth or metaphysical speculations about the nature of travel. Indeed, along the way he finds himself dissatisfied with the presentation of travel that he finds in other writers, like Chatwin or Theroux, and in taking them to task he exposes much of the myth of travel as a way of finding one's self. This is heady stuff, but he manages it without preaching or self-congratulation. It was for me a very satisfying read (and one perhaps more valuable because I had read Chatwin and Theroux already). I was disappointed to find Patterson's book so poorly reviewed here, because I felt many of things for which he is taken to task are precisely the things that made his efforts so valuable and worthy. I think if you are interested in the art of travel rather than perhaps its faultless execution, you would do well to have a look at this book.
Kevin Patterson did a good job of writing a narrative here. A travel essay in name only, this book really is a somewhat restrained "story of my life" discourse. Such stories are not easy to write in a way that is interesting to read, but Patterson manages to weave some downright gripping moments into the work. His statement regarding the end of his letters-fueled love affair in Paris is classic: "She asked me what the desert had been like. 'There were rattlesnakes there'. 'So you dropped one in an envelope'. I did not go to Paris again". Witty, succinct and very real. Unfortunately, this tactile writing does not appear often. Much of the story is a self-indulgent treatise on 'wow, I did something real nutty and I actually survived'. It is a decent read but not a book I would call memorable. Then again, maybe I am spoiled after reading about Shackleton and such. Patterson seems to try to take us into his inner circle sort of connection with various writers he reads on his sailboat. This is downright tedious. Oh, yes... he seems to take a few parting shots at Theroux as well. Not necessarily a big Theroux fan am I, but I must say I find his work far more memorable. Nice debut, Mr. Patterson, now let's get a little grittier.