Two Years Before the Mast Author:Richard Henry Dana Jr. Tracing an awe-inspiring oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, Two Years Before the Mast is both a riveting story of adventure and the most eloquent, insightful account we have of life at sea in the early nineteenth century. Richard Henry Dana is only nineteen when he abandons the patrician world of Boston and Har... more »vard for an arduous voyage among real sailors, amid genuine danger.
The result is an astonishing read, replete with vivid descriptions of storms, whales, and fascinating historical detail, including an instriguing portrait of California before the gold rush. As D. H. Lawrence proclaimed, "Dana's small book is a very great book."« less