By Tristan Jones
In a last-ditch stab at fortune and glory, middle-aged adventurer invoice Conan enters a 30,000-mile single-handed round-the-world race. This final attempt of ability, power, and patience leads him around the treacherous Atlantic Ocean's great expanse, the place a surprising swap in wind throws him off stability and sends him overboard. on my own within the nonetheless, open sea, he struggles to maintain from drowning, understanding it's a struggle that he'll ultimately lose.
But Conan has stumbled into the migratory course of a bottle-nosed dolphin named Aka and his tribe. In a thrilling stumble upon, he senses Conan's plight, communicates with him, and works to maintain him afloat and alive.
A stirring event story, Aka depicts the traditional background of dolphins, their amazing features and skills, and their everlasting friendship with people.
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Musket shots often awaken me. I hear galloping horses, the noise of sabers clashing against stirrups, and the sound of trumpet-like commands, clear and ringing. The riders maneuver in small squads, walking, trotting, or sometimes charging at a gallop. Lines of sharpshooters spread out along the edge of the ﬁeld. The sun makes the burnished copper bands of the cannons shine; you can see a wisp of white smoke spewing from each weapon as it kicks back. The acrid odor of powder even reaches my house.
Their lack of cleanliness reaches the grandiose. The beggars are epic in aspect, bearing within them something of Lazarus and Job. The Arab character is somber and violent but is never stupid or gross. It’s always picturesque—in the good sense of the term—and artistic with no other proof than the way they conduct themselves. They act naturally out of I know not what higher instinct, thus enhancing their faults, the energy caused by whatever deformities being shared by their petty side. Their passions, which resemble our own, stand out more, making them more interesting even when they are reprehensible.
And so it goes, alas, with all the memories left in these heroic parts by those Greek and Roman Odysseys. The things themselves remain, but the myth making of travel has vanished. Political geography has made three Spanish islands out of the monster Geryon’s¹ torsos. Speed has eliminated daring adventure; everything is simpler, more direct, not at all mythic, less beguiling. Science has dethroned poetry. Man has replaced the jealous gods with his own strength, and haughtily but rather sadly we travel in prose.
Aka by Tristan Jones