In the Company of Dolphins: A Memoir by Irwin Shaw
Print Length: 107 pages
Publisher: Open Road Media (August 16, 2016)
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Reviewer: Mystereity Reviews
When I read the description of In The Company Of Dolphins, I thought it was going to be a kind of travel guide. I was completely mistaken, and I was not disappointed. In The Company Of Dolphins is so much more than a travel guide; it is a fascinating look back, not only to the exotic ports of call but also on the life and times of a brilliant author.
The book, originally published in the mid 1960s, is a memoir of author Irwin Shaw’s cruise around the Mediterranean on a chartered boat. As a boy growing up in Brooklyn in the early part of the 20th century, he would look out at the boats moored in the harbor and dream of cruising the world. Decades later, his dream came true; he chartered a boat and sailed along the coast of Italy from St. Tropez (“…there is a whiff of Sodom and Gomorrah to it, and a little of a superb detention home for delinquent girls”) to Monte Carlo, (“It is all very much like a camp for condemned millionaires.”) around Italy’s boot over to Yugoslavia and then up to Venice. Along the way, the reader is treated to the author’s beautiful observations of each port of call, as well as life at sea.
“Sleeping at sea, with the cradling motion of the ship and the hypnotic rush of water past the portholes”
Shaw, In The Company of Dolphins
Shaw’s style of writing is engaging; you almost feel as though you’re sitting in a little cafe with him, listening to his stories of sailing around Italy and Yugoslavia. I was taken in from the beginning, and I enjoyed experiencing the beautiful locations not only through his eyes, but also through the romantic rose-colored glasses that comes only by looking back fondly on by-gone times.
A short biography is included at the end of the book, and what an interesting life he led. Besides his many successful novels (including the WWII epic The Young Lions,) he was also a WWII veteran, having served in North Africa and Europe, and was a photographer who documented many important moments in the war, beginning with D-Day.
In The Company of Dolphins is a captivating and light-hearted memoir, and a perfect read during an afternoon at the pool.
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest opinion.