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On Whale Island Notes from a Place I Never Meant to Leave After Daniel Hays and his father built a twenty five foot boat and sailed it around Cape Horn he thought he d finally put his wanderlust to rest He went back to school bought a house took a job go

  • Title: On Whale Island: Notes from a Place I Never Meant to Leave
  • Author: Daniel Hays
  • ISBN: 9781565123458
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Whale Island: Notes from a Place I Never Meant to Leave By Daniel Hays, After Daniel Hays and his father built a twenty five foot boat and sailed it around Cape Horn, he thought he d finally put his wanderlust to rest He went back to school, bought a house, took a job, got married.But as it turned out, in the real world Daniel Hays felt lost So he took his love for the sea and his need to escape civilization and pushed it further he boughtAfter Daniel Hays and his father built a twenty five foot boat and sailed it around Cape Horn, he thought he d finally put his wanderlust to rest He went back to school, bought a house, took a job, got married.But as it turned out, in the real world Daniel Hays felt lost So he took his love for the sea and his need to escape civilization and pushed it further he bought an island off the coast of Nova Scotia built a tiny house packed up his wife and stepson, two dogs, and three boatloads of supplies and moved there This is the story of fulfilling a fantasy to live by your own rules and your own wits And Daniel Hays, as readers of My Old Man and the Sea will remember, is well equipped to do both He generates electricity from solar power and a terrifying windmill, funnels rainwater for their showers, creates a toilet seat out of a whale vertebra, strings their bed up on pulleys so that by day it can be lifted out of the way For him, every morning is a wonder and every storm a blood coursing thrill.But while Daniel loves this permanent boy s life, his wife longs for the life they left behind, and his spirited stepson is feeling isolated Soon, their Swiss Family Robinson existence becomes a vision only Daniel can see.Funny, tender, and fascinating, filled with the details of an unconventional life, this is the story of how the Hays family lived on Whale Island, and how, finally, they had to leave.

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    1. Hays moves his family to a secluded island in Canada in order to escape the modern world, which he feels pushes people away from what is really important man s relationship with nature Hays wife and stepson accompany him to the island and together they have a modern Swiss Family Robinson type of adventure Hays is sometimes amazingly inept, and it seems that only luck saves him from disaster Throughout the memoir, there are small snippets of the diaries kept by Wendy Hays wife and Stephan his ste [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book I didn t want it to end The author lays out his family s tale in a very conversational style, making it easy to access their experiences.

    3. It wasn t fantastic and at times I felt that he was perhaps the ugly step parent he feared he was, but it kept me interested enough to read quickly.

    4. I had high hopes for this, because of my cold weather island obsession I m discovering that people moving to an uninhabited island is not so interesting I believe Daniel Hays believes himself to be a modern day Thoreau, particularly since he quotes him at the beginning of almost every chapter, but while he includes supposed journal entries, they are chronological than thoughtful We did this, and then the dogs did this And then there was the time this happened Sigh, boring Halfway through I was [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this account of a normal family who, needing a break, decide to live alone on a small island in Nova Scotia for a year There isn t anything romantic about this book The author discusses everything he does wrong He recounts the problems that develop from being cramped together far from others, his wife s longing for other human company, the trials and successes of home schooling, even his own struggle with manic depression There is nothing heavy or incredibly beautiful about the [...]

    6. The author of My Old Man and the Sea an account of a sailing trip around the world with his father now writes about the year that he, his wife, and 11 year old stepson spent on a remote island off the coast of Nova Scotia Hays had bought the island some years before, and he and his father had built a house there The new family drives from Idaho to Nova Scotia, and it takes three boatloads for them to carry everything they need from the mainland to the island This includes everyday needs such as [...]

    7. This is the best book I have read this year While I was reading this book I kept thinking about one of my favorite childrens books called Do you dare a berenstain bear book This is the journal of a man who bought an island off the coast of Nova Scotia and moved his wife and stepson from Idaho to the island for a year All you married couples out there would you dare How about all of you who have interactions with pre teen children, would you dare I found myself laughing out loud with this book.P. [...]

    8. I was disappointed in this book I thought the idea of living alone on an island with the family for a year in a small house that Hays built would be pretty exciting But he was going to town frequently for supplies or to go hang out with friends,etc just took away from it A good percentage of the writing was his inner thoughts and diary about what was going on with his feelings Sure, there were some funny moments, but I was looking for action here Hays came across as kind of selfish to me There [...]

    9. Listened to this on unabridged audio cassette The trouble with listening while driving is it s impossible to jot down all the interesting quotations and observations that I d like to preserve and it s too much trouble to rewind later to find them I loved some of his philosophy such as needing to be away from people occasionally to recharge and regain his sanity Loved this story of uprooting his family and making a home on an isolated little island without any amenities Some humor and lots to pon [...]

    10. I got lucky with this one I picked it up at some old bookstore randomly because of the title, and it turned out to be a great read Written entirely in journal entries of the author and a few by his wife and step son, it follows the family s adventures living on a remote island off Nova Scotia for a year The situations they find themselves in are hilarious, the scenery gorgeous, and the book entertaining but down to earth I d recommend it to anyone who has ever wanted to escape society for a whil [...]

    11. The guy s got issues, not the least example of which is that he hauls his new wife and 11 year old stepson to the remote Nova Scotian island he owns, where they live in a shack for a year No electricity, no refrigerator, heated by a wood burning stove they chopped the wood , and a 7 mile boat ride to shore But it was engaging to think about being that self sufficient, exchanging TV for books, living in touch with the cycles of nature An interesting adventure.

    12. I wanted to like this book The idea of the author and his family moving to a relatively remote island for a year sounded intriguing And the memoir is brutally honest about the author and his life But I just didn t like him much and found myself mostly thinking, Oh, grow up already Stop whining about how you don t want to live in society, don t want to get a job, etc I feel a little harsh for disliking this memoir for this reason, but I just didn t get it.

    13. I liked this story about a man and a new wife who brought along a son to spend a year on an island off the coast of eastern Canada I generally enjoy these books about the sea and living in seclusion and this one was on par with others I ve read in this genre The other is not always very likeable and doesn t seem suited to his chosen partner but the story really revolves around the connection he makes with his new stepson.

    14. A very fun read It s a true story about a family who spends a year on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia It counts through the days and tells about all the antics and adventures that they experiencea man with his wife, a 12 year old stepson, and their two dogs I hated to see it end I like it enough to order another book written by the author and his father.

    15. I listened to this CD The reader sounded spookily like a man I know who makes similar puerile comments I liked the survival aspects of the book and the creativity and ingenuity required to live for a year on a remote island I guess father and son both grew in this year, but I m not sure if I d go so far as to say matured.

    16. I listened to it on tape driving from Mass to DC I enjoyed hearing his account of a year on a desolate island with his wife and son It certainly reinforced how strong the human spirit can be when forced with privation and need to survive even though they were just a boat trip away from civilization A good story.

    17. Living on your own private islandunds wonderful, doesn t it Add your new spouse for companionship Still good And don t forget your 11 year old stepson Daniel Hays lived on Whale Island for a year, alone but for his family, occasional visitors and trips to the mainland Sometimes humorous, seemingly honest, this year went fast for Daniel and also for me.

    18. An unusual diary like chronicle of his family s year on an isolated Nova Scotia island Yielded some interesting quotes such as TV is a clump of perverted perceptions, and most of us arrange our living rooms around it, and worship it page 34 Authentic, sometimes weird, but it held my interest.

    19. The focus of this book intrigued me Oh, to just really get away I totally enjoyed the stories of how this family handled all that faced them, some issues were hilarious But sadly they seemed to need to re enter society Such a shame

    20. I loved his first book, My Old Man and the Sea and gave it to some of my students as a graduation present I probably enjoyed it than they did, but I am hoping they kept it for a future read This one is about him almost all grown up and it was fun to follow him.

    21. Really enjoyed this one For those who fantasize about living off the grid, Hays tells it like it is, the joys and challenges equally weighted I connected with his love, respect and yearning for the sea.

    22. Good book if you like the sea A true story of how a man and his family survive for a year on an Island that he purchased It is like a diary than a story But with some interesting facts Again, some of the language is earthy, but didn t keep me from enjoying the scenery.

    23. Loved this book It transported me to a place I wanted of The author is so candid with his emotions that one can feel a kinship with him The humor is very open and belies a vulnerability many men would not share so openly.

    24. a great first person account of a man and his family who move to an island for a year that aren t exactly living off the land, but they re living simply and with his great sense of humor, his stories made me smile and laugh and cry.

    25. What happens to all those ADHD kids in school They marry incredibly understanding women and buy their own island They spend a year on an island with no running water, electricity, or anything that they don t manufacture themselves I couldn t, wouldn t, or enable this.

    26. The author of this book is kind of nuts Well, he is nuts, but he is a great writer It definitely made me think about whether or not I could live in those conditions and stay married for a year Quick read.

    27. I liked the book I think I most admire the author for doing something daring, but for the fact that he is completely honest about who he is, faults and all It s an easy read and at times he can be downright hilarious in his comments.

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