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Another such wave could easily be the end of us. I had to do
something, fix something, save the boat, save myself.
But
what?

Gary Paulsen takes readers along on his maiden voyage,
proving that ignorance can be bliss. Also really stupid and incredibly
dangerous. He tells of boats that have owned him—good, bad, and
beloved—and how they got him through terrifying storms that he
survived by sheer luck. His spare prose conjures up shark surprises and
killer waves as well as moonlight on the sea, and makes readers feel
what it’s like to sail under the stars or to lie at anchor in a
tropical lagoon where dolphins leap, bathed in silver. Falling in love
with the ocean set Gary Paulsen on a lifelong learning curve and readers
will understand why his passion has lasted to this day.

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Reviews for Caught by the Sea:

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Jun 10, 2018

Memorable memoirs are a staple of Gary Paulsen's career in children's literature. Who could forget My Life in Dog Years, or Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books, or Woodsong, or Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs? At best, Gary Paulsen's memoirs are as profound as any fiction he's written, masterpieces of the American canon. Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats speaks to a part of his experience that hadn't received as much Memorable memoirs are a staple of Gary Paulsen's career in children's literature. Who could forget My Life in Dog Years, or Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books, or Woodsong, or Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs? At best, Gary Paulsen's memoirs are as profound as any fiction he's written, masterpieces of the American canon. Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats speaks to a part of his experience that hadn't received as much attention as his passion for dogsledding. From age seven, when Paulsen first laid eyes on the open ocean en route to the Philippine Islands, he harbored a love of water that sometimes lay dormant for years. When the feeling would return it was so strong he couldn't stay sane without visiting the sea, and this led to his first sailing encounter soon after his discharge from the army. Paulsen would never again forget about the water.

Paulsen was lucky that his first boat was a quality sea vessel. He was nearly duped into purchasing a lemon, but the Schock 22 he ended up with was an almost indestructible boat, just right for a novice. Her brought her to Ventura, California and experimented in the coastal waters, but his lack of experience was a hazard. Paulsen's out-of-control boat threatened every schooner and yacht within range, creating a comical scene once the boaters figured out that his approach across the water always portended trouble. Awakening in the night with the urge to sail, Paulsen let his Schock 22 cavort to the open sea, where he lost all sense of direction and drifted far from land. The voyage was as peaceful as Paulsen expected until a windstorm waylaid the boat, kicking up waves as high as twenty or thirty feet, dousing the Schock 22 and its helmsman with thousands of pounds of water. Singlehanding sailors often died on turbulent seas, and only a peculiar combination of Paulsen's ignorance and the stoutness of the boat saved his life. Cast adrift without a soul in sight, he worried his food supply might not last, but serendipity favored his survival. It was an unforgettable inaugural tour of the temperamental sea.

The next boat Paulsen bought was an old Hans Christian, and later a forty-three-foot-long catamaran he was warned would easily flip over in the ocean. But it was on the Hans Christian, named Felicity, where he had his greatest adventures. Cruising south down the Baja coast, Paulsen encountered a wild storm, lightning piercing the water all around his boat, flicking salty spray high into the air. He crouched below deck imagining what could happen to a boat in the middle of a savage storm. Fortunately, the lightning spared the Felicity. A year later, off the California coast, he entered a tempest near Catalina Island. Paulsen knew the weather was bad, but assumed the Felicity could handle it...until the winds hit. What followed were twenty-two minutes of pure survival that felt like an eternity hovering between life and death. There would be further adventures after this book's publication in 2001, but Paulsen had learned a lot from his mishaps and triumphs on the mysterious sea. The water would always be part of his unique spirit.

When dealing with vehicles that can cost or save one's life on the sea, Paulsen learned the merit of a Chinese proverb: "Cheap isn't really cheap, expensive isn't really expensive." A cheap boat probably requires renovation, and may not be safe. You get what you pay for, and when you're up against the forces of nature in a manmade vessel, you want every advantage possible. The concept is applicable in many areas of life. Caught by the Sea isn't as wise or evocative as other memoirs by the author, and the sailing jargon can be confusing, but its strength is the scenes out on the water, particularly the lightning storm that jeopardized the Felicity. This is where Gary Paulsen's superb writing finds expression in the book. Caught by the Sea would be a good read for a beach vacation, an ocean cruise, or for those who dream of someday sailing the world. There's a lot to discover out on that sprawling blue desert. ...more
4

Oct 19, 2018

this was a good book on some peoples standards but on mine it wasn't as good this book was a lot about the sea and the dangers that Gary Paulsen had experienced. this was pretty much an autobiography and wasn't much of what I usually am interested in. however this will suit people who like autobiographies about a maiden voyage out at sea.
4

May 08, 2012

I banged this book out in a hardly any time. It's a few pages more than a hundred, and it was typically simple, as all Paulsen books are. It really was fantastic, and I texted my fiancee after the first chapter that we had to get a sailboat. I wanted to live and nearly die like he did; to TRULY live and experience the power of the sails and the threat of the sea! It's an infectious book, that cured my innate distaste for sea-sailing and its culture. I truly have a respect now for sailors and the I banged this book out in a hardly any time. It's a few pages more than a hundred, and it was typically simple, as all Paulsen books are. It really was fantastic, and I texted my fiancee after the first chapter that we had to get a sailboat. I wanted to live and nearly die like he did; to TRULY live and experience the power of the sails and the threat of the sea! It's an infectious book, that cured my innate distaste for sea-sailing and its culture. I truly have a respect now for sailors and the Poseidon-entity that the ocean is.
The words were beautifully crafted. To take something of ones memory that is so far distant (he wrote an event that took place in his early twenties, when he was in his sixties) and put it into such clear and visual words is remarkable! Like I said, an easy read - never really boring (it's a short story anyways), and even funny at times. Paulsen is a great writer for novice readers and I appreciate him even more than I did as a sixth grader reading "Hatchet."

Warnings:
Language -2x the third commandment is broken. Never any other language in the book.
Violence - A plane crashes in the Foreword and its survivors are eaten by sharks. He pays little attention to it though as he is captivated by the sea beyond the crash.
Sex - He's alone the entire trip, until he is rescued by a woman that's his mother's age. ...more
5

Jul 01, 2012

fantastic book about boating, so many wonderful books on the market telling you howto do it correctly, paulsen tells you how he did it. for some reason this is considered y.a., i'm giving it to a captain friend in her, past forty and think she'll love it. great book for anyone that loves sailing. (then they can read "dogsong", "puppies dogs and blue northers" etc. Then move on to the y.a. stuff "canyons" and "nightjohn" being the best i've read so far.)
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Apr 05, 2019

Gary Paulsen writes about how he found his love for sailing and being on the open ocean. The story follows him all the way from the beginning of his journey in Ventura California through his peaceful days and stormy nights on the open ocean. His travels take him all the way up and down the eastern coast of North America whether he directed the boat that way or not.

The book did a great job of portraying the ocean from many different perceptions. The multiple portrayals of the ocean made reading Gary Paulsen writes about how he found his love for sailing and being on the open ocean. The story follows him all the way from the beginning of his journey in Ventura California through his peaceful days and stormy nights on the open ocean. His travels take him all the way up and down the eastern coast of North America whether he directed the boat that way or not.

The book did a great job of portraying the ocean from many different perceptions. The multiple portrayals of the ocean made reading this book very entertaining. One difficulty I had while reading this was following the plot. The plot got very confusing as he was changing around throughout different boats and times which made it very difficult to follow the plot. ...more
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Jan 22, 2019

I did not enjoy this book. There wasn't much to expect besides the storms when he was on a boat. The only interesting and boring part when he was talking about the boats and buying them. It also got confusing when talked about the different parts of the boat and how you use it and why. It was also very hard to follow along.
5

Jan 25, 2019

Wow, so exciting, true and amazing to live and tell it. I am not a fan of the ocean but to see the beauty he saw without the storms I might try sailing someday.
5

Mar 08, 2018

Powerful book about the author learning to sail on the Pacific. Lots of vocabulary about sailboats, stunning experiences and bruises.
4

Dec 19, 2018

I think it speaks volumes of an author when he takes a subject the reader has no interest in (in my case, boats) and they still binge read the book. Definitely need to check out more from him.
2

Nov 29, 2017

Boring. Autobiography. Had some interesting moments and passages but then would go on and on about sailboat models. Paulson is best in fiction.
2

Nov 07, 2017

I think there wasnt really story behind it but there was a few interesting pages.
5

Feb 12, 2018

Very simple and quick read. A delightful tale that I can relate to all too well.
5

Jan 16, 2013

Caught by the Sea By Gary Paulsen
103 pages
Non-fiction/(Historical) Autobiography

Caught by the Sea By Gary Paulsen is a thrilling, adventurous story of Paulsens unforgettable time out at sea. He had never seen the ocean until he was seven years old and even then, he was stuck in the cabin because he had chickenpox. Many years later a friendly old man invited him to go sail on his boat with him. Paulsen said yes and this started the spark in his interest of sailboats. Gary soon purchased his very Caught by the Sea By Gary Paulsen
103 pages
Non-fiction/(Historical) Autobiography

Caught by the Sea By Gary Paulsen is a thrilling, adventurous story of Paulsen’s unforgettable time out at sea. He had never seen the ocean until he was seven years old and even then, he was stuck in the cabin because he had chickenpox. Many years later a friendly old man invited him to go sail on his boat with him. Paulsen said yes and this started the spark in his interest of sailboats. Gary soon purchased his very own boat. He had almost no idea how to sail it except for what the old man taught him. Gary spent about a week teaching himself how to sail his boat. Paulsen, a first time sailor got stuck in the middle of the storm. The hectic time for him ended with being lost at sea. Paulsen, only armed with a compass, sailboat, and a small amount of food, fights against Mother Nature and slowly finds his way closer to shore. Thanks To Melanie, an old lady who found Paulsen and helped teach him how to properly sail and find his way home, Gary got home safely and was able to finish his long list of adventures. His list ended up with dogsled racing and more sailing. By the time he took on his next storm, he knew much more about sailing. He saved his life during the twenty-two minute storm that was a catastrophe in the main land. I think Gary Paulsen’s thrilling stories deserve five stars because this book was filled with so much information about sailing and how he saved his life. The story is a very “edge of your seat” kind of story that is not only interesting but also so detailed. It is amazing how he remembers all of these little details from so long ago in the past. I think this story is an awesome and a quick must read.
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Aug 14, 2013

I enjoyed the book because of the simplicity and message of the book about how he loves the sea and how nothing gets In between him and what he loves. I find him to be an interesting character and see the he has a thirst for adventure and a love for the sea as mentioned many times in the book. In the book that I haven't really enjoyed is the leaps in time, often I feel like I don't know the character too well. I think many people would enjoy this book as I did though, a good target audience is I enjoyed the book because of the simplicity and message of the book about how he loves the sea and how nothing gets In between him and what he loves. I find him to be an interesting character and see the he has a thirst for adventure and a love for the sea as mentioned many times in the book. In the book that I haven't really enjoyed is the leaps in time, often I feel like I don't know the character too well. I think many people would enjoy this book as I did though, a good target audience is people who like sailing, adventure, and people who don't like reading big books (which I find as a great quality). It is similar to "The Life of Pi" in some ways (for those who know that book/movie) because he is on a boat alone in the sea and there are natural events that twist the story.

I think the theme is that 'You will always come back to your true passion.' It's not said in the book but that is what I got out of it. That is a great lesson for everyone and anyone that misses their hobby or passion and would like the start doing it again. The reasoning for the theme is because in the book you find out that he always has these big time laps where he hasn't sailed in ten years and then just randomly comes back to it simply because he felt he wanted too.

This is a great book for anyone over 12 because some children could find what he writes disturbing or scary. This book was amazing and I suggest you read it as just a quicky. I found it very entertaining and fun to learn about his 'life on boats'!

-Alex Ayre ...more
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Mar 19, 2015

Caught by the sea was a very boring book and I did not like it at all. Although some people may enjoy it, it did not fit my interests. It was about a man who traveled all along the ocean when he was a kid with his mother because they were being deported to a different country. When he got older he immediately wanted to live on the water because he loved it so much and was very interested with it. He always thought as the oceans or the seas as extraordinary places even if he was watching a shark Caught by the sea was a very boring book and I did not like it at all. Although some people may enjoy it, it did not fit my interests. It was about a man who traveled all along the ocean when he was a kid with his mother because they were being deported to a different country. When he got older he immediately wanted to live on the water because he loved it so much and was very interested with it. He always thought as the oceans or the seas as extraordinary places even if he was watching a shark attack. He loved the water. It turned out he was not a very good captain at all and was not too bad but quite awful and driving boats. He got lost so many times and could not fine his way back at all. But he did not give up. He just about traveled along the whole world but he didn't. He was going to give it a break for a while but it ended up to be like 10 years when he noticed the boat again. He finally went back out on the waters and got in a terrible storm. He surprisingly made it and so did the boat even thought it was one of the worst storms ever. Even thought he could not sail he didn't get off the waters. People who like books about adventures about other peoples live would love this book and I would recommend this one to them. ...more
3

Nov 09, 2015

I think Caught by the Sea was a fairly solid book. I gave this book 3 stars because Gary Paulsen did a good job at points keeping my attention, for example when he would talk about a new boat he had gotten that could take on the worst sea conditions. He succeeded in making me interested as he explained what each boat looked like and their key features.

The reason that I did not give this book any better than 3 stars is because it took the author very long to get to the interesting points. One of I think Caught by the Sea was a fairly solid book. I gave this book 3 stars because Gary Paulsen did a good job at points keeping my attention, for example when he would talk about a new boat he had gotten that could take on the worst sea conditions. He succeeded in making me interested as he explained what each boat looked like and their key features.

The reason that I did not give this book any better than 3 stars is because it took the author very long to get to the interesting points. One of the interesting points he did not get to until the last few pages was when he got caught in a huge storm. Although when he finally got to this point it was a relief because I was waiting for the book to get good.

In the beginning he talks about each boat he once had and how he started from a canoe and went all the way for a boat with an engine or he could use a sail on it also. He could never afford a really nice boat because they were so expensive, but over time each of his boats got a little better and more expensive. He finally acquired a great boat he called her felicity. She was very sturdy... Or so he thought. This was when the book got interesting.

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Nov 11, 2016

If you want to Know about this book keep reading because I will tell you. There is no protagonist so I'm going to tell you about my favorite part of this book . My favorite part was when Gary told us about when he was sailing for his first time and he went sailing when it was to windy and he went flying across the bay. What really helped know that was the book was in third Pearson. The book starts out kinda boring because there was no climax. The whole main idea is never give up try your If you want to Know about this book keep reading because I will tell you. There is no protagonist so I'm going to tell you about my favorite part of this book . My favorite part was when Gary told us about when he was sailing for his first time and he went sailing when it was to windy and he went flying across the bay. What really helped know that was the book was in third Pearson. The book starts out kinda boring because there was no climax. The whole main idea is never give up try your hardest. With saying that the theme is work hard in my opinion. Gary wrote this book to tell us about his life story when he was a young fellow. That brings me to my final words the setting. The setting is on boats in the oceans or in bays around oceans. ...more
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Sep 21, 2012

Caught by the Sea
By: Gary Paulsen
nonfiction
103 pages


Caught by the sea is a book by Gary Paulsen. It is about his life on boats. I talks about the first time he went on a boat when he was young. It also talks about all the different boats he has had and the time he spent on boats. He was always on one of his boats. During one of the times he was on his boats there was a storm and in the book it talks about what he did to survive through the storm.


I personally did not enjoy this book very much. Caught by the Sea
By: Gary Paulsen
nonfiction
103 pages


Caught by the sea is a book by Gary Paulsen. It is about his life on boats. I talks about the first time he went on a boat when he was young. It also talks about all the different boats he has had and the time he spent on boats. He was always on one of his boats. During one of the times he was on his boats there was a storm and in the book it talks about what he did to survive through the storm.


I personally did not enjoy this book very much. I didn't think there was a lot to it except it got a little exciting during the storms when he was on the boat and trying to survive. I think the part of the book when he was talking about the types of boats he has and the types of boats he has had gets a little boring and not very interesting. I also think the book gets confusing when it talks about the different parts of the boats and how you use it and what it does. I think it hard to follow that part of the book. By the time I was done with the book I did not like it and I did not think it was a very good book. ...more
4

Nov 30, 2015

Caught By the Sea by Gary Paulsen was an interesting book. It took me on his adventures with his boat on the sea. Gary told his story about his travels with his first boat. The thing that I disliked about this book was how short it was but overal, it was a very good book. Gary described his feelings, actions and what he saw very well.

Caught by the Sea by Gary Paulsen was about Gary's travels on the sea. He talked about his first encounter with the sea. Gary was only seven at the time. He was on Caught By the Sea by Gary Paulsen was an interesting book. It took me on his adventures with his boat on the sea. Gary told his story about his travels with his first boat. The thing that I disliked about this book was how short it was but overal, it was a very good book. Gary described his feelings, actions and what he saw very well.

Caught by the Sea by Gary Paulsen was about Gary's travels on the sea. He talked about his first encounter with the sea. Gary was only seven at the time. He was on a troopship heading to the Philippine Islands but he had the chicken pox so he was wrapped in a blanket and had to stay in a box until he was healthy. A few years later, he went to the military and has always wanted to return to the sea. He bought his first ship but he never knew how to use the sails. One night a storm hits and he goes on a crazy adventure with his boat on the sea.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves the ocean and people who like to fish. Gary Paulsen is a great author with many other books like Hatchet and Dogsong! ...more
5

Oct 10, 2012

Gary Paulsons book caught by the sea is a great adventure novel. It starts when Gary was 9 years old living in England. His mother was a captain leading a group of people across the Atlantic ocean.
When he arrived in America he went on with his life. He attended a public school in north Carolina. He soon became a marine when he was 21. After his years serving he quit at age 34 and, went on to being a part of movie writing in Hollywood. He soon desired a passion for sailing and went on to by a Gary Paulson’s book caught by the sea is a great adventure novel. It starts when Gary was 9 years old living in England. His mother was a captain leading a group of people across the Atlantic ocean.
When he arrived in America he went on with his life. He attended a public school in north Carolina. He soon became a marine when he was 21. After his years serving he quit at age 34 and, went on to being a part of movie writing in Hollywood. He soon desired a passion for sailing and went on to by a boat. Since he thought the taxes were to high in his apartment he started to live on his boat. He takes his boat out sailing almost every day but, with storms, high wind, and a series of getting lost will his boat survive and, more importantly will he survive?
I liked every part of the book because he expressed his feeling and also I am a big sailor. The readers that love action, adventure, and suspense read this book.

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Dec 08, 2014

CATEGORY: GARY PAULSEN BOOK

I enjoyed this story; laughed all the way through it! It encompassed a lot of truth about the beauties and horrors of one of the greatest powers on earth. It walks the reader through the story of Gary's first voyage off the coast of California, as he is caught unprepared in the rolling waves and fierce winds of late fall.

It was an intense read. I actually enjoyed reading a memoir. It spoke to me on a personal level, not because I've been sailing or the like, but CATEGORY: GARY PAULSEN BOOK

I enjoyed this story; laughed all the way through it! It encompassed a lot of truth about the beauties and horrors of one of the greatest powers on earth. It walks the reader through the story of Gary's first voyage off the coast of California, as he is caught unprepared in the rolling waves and fierce winds of late fall.

It was an intense read. I actually enjoyed reading a memoir. It spoke to me on a personal level, not because I've been sailing or the like, but because he was so honest in his telling, even in his ignorance. He critiques the story as he tells it, explaining the peril and humor behind the decisions he made while on his maiden voyage.

Pick it up. It's a quick and interesting read. ...more
4

Nov 12, 2013

"Caught By the Sea" written by Gary Paulsen is a good memoir. This book takes place in the after years of college and his life. In this book I enjoyed it a lot because I made a self to text connection we both love to sail. Within this book Gary faces tons of obstacles and challenges that come to him face on. This book focuses on his voyages mainly. But also Gary loves to try new things like boats. Also in this book it shows his quest to learn and become a master sailor. But while he is sailing "Caught By the Sea" written by Gary Paulsen is a good memoir. This book takes place in the after years of college and his life. In this book I enjoyed it a lot because I made a self to text connection we both love to sail. Within this book Gary faces tons of obstacles and challenges that come to him face on. This book focuses on his voyages mainly. But also Gary loves to try new things like boats. Also in this book it shows his quest to learn and become a master sailor. But while he is sailing on his free time he also has an up coming career in his hands (becoming a writer witch as you can see has came true). I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast read but wants to take away something. ...more
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Dec 09, 2010

This is a non-fiction account by Paulsen about his first encounters with sailing. Having little to no knowledge about the sport, he buys a boat and teaches himself to sail-well, sort of. When a small storm rolls in, his boat is almost lost to sea and he battles for several days to figure out where he is and how to get home.

The book follows several similar stories of the wonders and frights of his sea adventures. Paulsen writes in a way that it is hard to not feel right there with him. His This is a non-fiction account by Paulsen about his first encounters with sailing. Having little to no knowledge about the sport, he buys a boat and teaches himself to sail-well, sort of. When a small storm rolls in, his boat is almost lost to sea and he battles for several days to figure out where he is and how to get home.

The book follows several similar stories of the wonders and frights of his sea adventures. Paulsen writes in a way that it is hard to not feel right there with him. His exciting life is inspiring and gives great insight to the type of person he is. Its a fun read for those adventurers out there. ...more
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Sep 07, 2010

Nonfiction / Ocean / Self-Discovery

Caught by the Sea is the memoir of Gary Paulsen's early experiences sailing solo on the Pacific. Both funny and beautiful, this book should appeal to readers of Paulsen's novels.
The storytelling is somewhat uneven--we jump from a detailed experience to a glossing-over without any real differentiation--but the language is beautiful and all the stories are engaging. Most importantly, Paulsen's experiences made me want to go to sea myself, even though that's not Nonfiction / Ocean / Self-Discovery

Caught by the Sea is the memoir of Gary Paulsen's early experiences sailing solo on the Pacific. Both funny and beautiful, this book should appeal to readers of Paulsen's novels.
The storytelling is somewhat uneven--we jump from a detailed experience to a glossing-over without any real differentiation--but the language is beautiful and all the stories are engaging. Most importantly, Paulsen's experiences made me want to go to sea myself, even though that's not something I'm hugely interested in. And isn't that what a good book should do--inspire us to go outside and really live? ...more
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Nov 25, 2013

I thought it was a good book. It had good details and a good story. The theme is about Gary Paulsen and his life on boats. The book is non-fiction, in the beginning he talks about not knowing how to sail, but he buys a boat anyways. He eventually teaches him self how to sail and goes through about 5 boats in the book. It kind of changes the way he looks at the ocean he comes face to face to a shark goes to new places and meets new people. A symbol is the boat. The price of the boat and what it I thought it was a good book. It had good details and a good story. The theme is about Gary Paulsen and his life on boats. The book is non-fiction, in the beginning he talks about not knowing how to sail, but he buys a boat anyways. He eventually teaches him self how to sail and goes through about 5 boats in the book. It kind of changes the way he looks at the ocean he comes face to face to a shark goes to new places and meets new people. A symbol is the boat. The price of the boat and what it looks like doesn't matter. The only thing that does is its working and that its real. It changes the readers view of the ocean and the perspective of the book. ...more

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