Books: Alone

CAPTAIN JOSHUA SLOCUM (384 pp.)—Victor Slocum—Sheridan House ($5).

Nobody else wanted the old sloop; for years she had been propped up and rotting away in a meadow not far from salt water. But lean, grizzle-bearded Captain Joshua Slocum desperately wanted the 36-footer, and he got her. By the time he had put in a year's work rebuilding the Spray into a staunch, well-found craft, he was ready to put to sea. One spring day in 1895, with only Slocum aboard, the Spray sailed out of Boston harbor on what turned out to be a 46,000-mile...

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