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A Steady Trade: A Boyhood at Sea
by Tristan Jones

Category: General Nonfiction
Description: Tristan Jones vividly and colorfully describes his childhood as a Welsh boy growing up by the sea. The story of his boyhood in pre-World War II England is strikingly charming and nostalgic. The challenges and adventures he encounters will have you seeing, smelling, feeling, hearing, and tasting the sea as you travel with him through this coming-of-age story.
eBook Publisher: E-Reads, 1982
eBookwise Release Date: December 2001

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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [427 KB]
Words: 101487
Reading time: 289-405 min.


Foreword

During anyone's life there are many experiences, emotions, and discoveries that are the common lot of many other people; there are others that, by the very nature of one's birth, upbringing, times, and circumstances, are shared with only a few others. Some events and encounters, strung together in a certain order, are one person's alone; they are what makes that person unique; they are what makes a life.

This book is the earliest in a series of five--someday to be eight--volumes about my life. Enjoy them all; if you can learn from them or laugh and cry with me, then my life shall have been made worth more. This added worth I shall accept gratefully.

Circumstances, too complex to go into here, drove me to write these books about my life out of their chronological order. The four volumes about the years from 1952 to 1977 were published between 1977 and 1981. They are about the deeds and misdeeds, the adventures and misadventures of my middle years. This book is about my boyhood and youth, about the forces that coiled my spring.

In offering these accounts of my life, I affirm my belief in everyone's uniqueness. Without the recognition of each other's individuality there can be no dignity. Without dignity there can be neither honor nor justice, and without honor and justice mankind will surely descend into the abyss.

Note: Some of the names of people, places, and ships in this story have been changed, to avoid embarrassment to people who may still live, or to their relatives and friends.


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