Call of the
Voyages & Adventures on Lake Superior
by Marlin Bree
Reviewed by Gloria Peck
Call of the North Wind reminded me of its predecessor, In the Teeth of the Northeaster. Both relate many Lake Superior stories about people and ships of today and the recent and distant past. These stories are told in the context of Brees current sailing adventures on Lake Superior. It differs from In the Teeth of the Northeaster in that Brees current trips are more mellow, trips that many of his readers can and do take. The first half of the book is devoted to sailing and musing on Persistence, the little wooden boat he built and took on the wild solo voyage halfway around Lake Superior in 1984. In the last half of the book, he is aboard a thirty-five foot catamaran, Tullamore Dew.
The book held my interest because Brees portrayals are great, not only of the people he meets and the historical figures whose life vignettes he recounts, but also of himself. As an ordinary person who bumbles through life, its refreshing for me to read a book in which the author has the humility to relate a story about forgetting his wallet on a store counter and dropping his motor in the water. Reading his first person accounts makes the book come to life for me.
Bree likes people. He says I seldom meet a sailboater I do not like.... His writing shows it. His historical accounts are lively, fascinating, and respectful of the persons in the story. Sailors will like the adventures and history buffs will like the historical drama.
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