In April of 1895 Joshua Slocum set out on a remarkable journey, leaving Boston in a 36-foot sloop to travel the world. First sailing across the Atlantic to Gibraltar, he changed his mind and turned around, re-crossing the ocean and headed to Brazil. His epic journey is chronicled here in Sailing Alone Around the World, a voyage undertaken in a friend's sloop the Spray, a vessel nearly as tired and dilapidated as the author. By rebuilding the boat, Slocum rebuilt his life. Sailing her was more than a mere journey, it was a way of salvaging himself, of discovering his own capabilities and limitations. This is a classic and profound journey!