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A Pirate Looks at Fifty
A Pirate Looks at Fifty
Author: Jimmy Buffett
For the millions of fans of Jimmy Buffett's music as well as his bestselling books, Tales From Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant?, here is the ultimate Jimmy Buffett philosophy on life and how to live it.  As hard as it is to believe, the irrepressible Jimmy Buffett has hit the half-century mark and, in A PIRATE...  more », he brings us along on the remarkable journey which he took through the Southern hemisphere to celebrate this landmark birthday.


Jimmy takes us from the legendary pirate coves of the Florida Keys to the ruins of ancient Cartegena.  Along the way, we hear a tale or two of how he got his start in New Orleans, how he discovered his passion for flying planes, and how he almost died in a watery crash in Nantucket harbor.  We follow Jimmy to jungle outposts in Costa Rica and on a meandering trip down the Amazon, through hair-raising negotiations with gun-toting customs  officials and a 3-year-old aspiring co-pilot.  And he is the inimitable Jimmy Buffett through it all.


For Parrotheads, for armchair adventurers, and for anyone who appreciates a good yarn and a hearty laugh, here is the ultimate backstage pass -- you'll read the kind of stories Jimmy usually reserves for his closest friends and you'll see a wonderful, wacky life through eyes of the man who's lived it.   A PIRATE LOOKS AT 50 is a breath of fresh air and a ingenious manual for getting to 50 . . . and beyond.

From the Hardcover edition.
ISBN-13: 9780449005866
ISBN-10: 0449005860
Publication Date: 11/28/2000
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
I cannot say I am a huge Buffet fan. I like some of his songs, of course, but I am not a Parrothead. What I do like is his writing. And, also being a music lover, I totally enjoyed this book. Highlights from the year he turned 50; the trip he, family, and friends took in celebration; concerts; fishing trips. Just a fun book to read.

So put on your flip flops and take a seat in the sun. Pop the top on a cold one and start reading! You will enjoy the sun, the beer, and the book!
DanJohnson avatar reviewed A Pirate Looks at Fifty on + 63 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Written in 1996 on the occasion of Buffett's 50th birthday, this book chronicles the details of the Buffett family's whirlwind trip around the Caribbean Islands that his songs have made so familiar to his legion of fans. While telling us of the experiences he has on his birthday trip, he also takes the time to look back over his first 50 years. I am a fan of JB, both as a musician and an author, and I really enjoyed this memoir. I highly recommend this book!
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With his unique wit Jimmy Buffett has written a timeless classic that will talk to you many levels as he reminisces about his life and what the future may hold.
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Travel journal of Buffett's trip to celebrate 50 years on the planet.
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I did enjoy this book but it is just a little too long. However, it has some wonderful stories and I did like it.
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A great light read for anyone who knows the words to "Hamburger in Paradise."
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VERY good!
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His autobiography was very interesting. He has a gift for words, I liked it a lot.
Sandiinmississippi avatar reviewed A Pirate Looks at Fifty on + 265 more book reviews
Jimmy Buffett rambles in a pleasant manner about his passion for flying and travel, about his family, about his money, about stuff. One would have to be a hard-core Buffett fan to enjoy this book.
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I really enjoyed this memoir. Buffett wrote it during a family vacation to the Caribbean and South America over Christmas 1996 and New Years 1997. The trip inspired memories of his childhood and of other trips and he weaves these stories into the book. There are also wonderful asides about geography, history, movies, fiction and of course, music. A must read for every parrot head.
jandy321 avatar reviewed A Pirate Looks at Fifty on + 14 more book reviews
Jimmy Buffet looks at turning 50 and wonders what comes next