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The Brendan Voyage
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Modern Library
Publication date April 1, 2000
Pages 269
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375755248
ISBN-10 0375755241
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $19.00
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Summary
Recounts the harrowing voyage of Timothy Severin and his crew across the North Atlantic in a thirty-six-foot leather boat, to prove the legend that a sixth-century Irish monk, St. Brendan, could have reached North America.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Could an Irish monk in the sixth century really have sailed all the way across the Atlantic in a small open boat, thus beating Columbus to the New World by almost a thousand years? Relying on the medieval text of St. Brendan, award-winning adventure writer Tim Severin painstakingly researched and built a boat identical to the leather curragh that carried Brendan on his epic voyage. He found a centuries-old, family-run tannery to prepare the ox hides in the medieval way; he undertook an exhaustive search for skilled harness makers (the only people who would know how to stitch the three-quarter-inch-thick hides together); he located one of the last pieces of Irish-grown timber tall enough to make the mainmast. But his courage and resourcefulness were truly tested on the open seas, including one heart-pounding episode when he and his crew repaired a dangerous tear in the leather hull by hanging over the side--their heads sometimes submerged under the freezing waves--to restitch the leather. A modern classic in the tradition of Kon-Tiki, The Brendan Voyage seamlessly blends high adventure and historical relevance. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages since its original publication in 1978.

With a new Introduction by Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780070563353
 
Large print edition from Isis Large Print Books (December 1, 1987); titled "Brendan Voyage"
9781850891628 | details & prices | List price $18.95
About: Recounts the harrowing voyage of Timothy Severin and his crew from Dingle, Ireland across the North Atlantic in a thirty-six-foot leather boat to prove that a sixth-century Irish monk, St.
from McGraw-Hill (April 1, 1982)
9780070563353 | details & prices | List price $1.98
About: Recounts the harrowing voyage of Timothy Severin and his crew from Dingle, Ireland across the North Atlantic in a thirty-six-foot leather boat to prove that a sixth-century Irish monk, St.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780375755248 Book cover for 9780380437115
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Modern Library (April 1, 2000)
9780375755248 | details & prices | 269 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $19.00
About: Recounts the harrowing voyage of Timothy Severin and his crew across the North Atlantic in a thirty-six-foot leather boat, to prove the legend that a sixth-century Irish monk, St.
With Carolyn Meyer | from Avon Books (May 1, 1979)
9780380437115 | details & prices | List price $2.75
This edition also contains Diary of a Waitress: The Not-so-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl, Diary of a Waitress: The Not-so-glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl
About: For the Vikings, before Columbus, there was Saint Brendan.

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