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Kris Larsen : Monsoon Dervish

Kris Larsen : Monsoon Dervish

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  • Materials: printed pages, thread, glue, sewing, hand binding, self publishing
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Monsoon Dervish by Kris Larsen. A self-published account of going to sea in a homemade Chinese junk without an engine. Bound by the author.

"Dream. The day you stop dreaming, you are as good as dead." —the Monsoon Dervish motto.

On a home-built Chinese junk that had no engine, electricity, radio, GPS, not even a compass, my partner, Kris Larsen—a carpenter by trade, an adventurer at heart—crisscrossed the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific for seven years, from Australia to Madagascar and Japan, covering a total of 45 000 miles.

Forever broke, dodging officials and flying by the seat of his pants, Kris found himself trading spices in Zanzibar, collecting sea-cucumbers on a deserted island, and entertaining gangsters in a Japanese night-club. In Sri Lanka he was arrested as a suspected Tamil terrorist; in Comoros he was chased out of the harbour by gun-waving policemen. He survived a 360º rollover in a typhoon off Taiwan, finally stopping on a beach in the Philippines to write this book.

For the next seven years he tried to find a publisher for his work: anywhere, anyone. Nobody was interested. Frustrated, he typed the text onto a CD and on the next trip to the Philippines he paid a printing press in Davao to run 200 copies of the book. Each book has been bound by hand and covered with old sailing charts, and every copy is different. The first printing sold out in 4 months around the Darwin waterfront. Roughly bound and roughly written in Kris' pronounced Russian-English, this book is surprisingly funny, entertaining, and inspiring, too...
Monsoon Dervish by Kris Larsen. A self-published account of going to sea in a homemade Chinese junk without an engine. Bound by the author.

"Dream. The day you stop dreaming, you are as good as dead." —the Monsoon Dervish motto.

On a home-built Chinese junk that had no engine, electricity, radio, GPS, not even a compass, my partner, Kris Larsen—a carpenter by trade, an adventurer at heart—crisscrossed the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific for seven years, from Australia to Madagascar and Japan, covering a total of 45 000 miles.

Forever broke, dodging officials and flying by the seat of his pants, Kris found himself trading spices in Zanzibar, collecting sea-cucumbers on a deserted island, and entertaining gangsters in a Japanese night-club. In Sri Lanka he was arrested as a suspected Tamil terrorist; in Comoros he was chased out of the harbour by gun-waving policemen. He survived a 360º rollover in a typhoon off Taiwan, finally stopping on a beach in the Philippines to write this book.

For the next seven years he tried to find a publisher for his work: anywhere, anyone. Nobody was interested. Frustrated, he typed the text onto a CD and on the next trip to the Philippines he paid a printing press in Davao to run 200 copies of the book. Each book has been bound by hand and covered with old sailing charts, and every copy is different. The first printing sold out in 4 months around the Darwin waterfront. Roughly bound and roughly written in Kris' pronounced Russian-English, this book is surprisingly funny, entertaining, and inspiring, too...

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(4)
  • John Hoenninger Nov 25, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    The many adventures sailing a home built steel yacht with traditional junk rigging from Tasmania to Madagascar is very engaging. Kris describes the people and places he encounters vividly. His inspiration from Marco Polo and Sinbad the Sailor takes him trading from Zanzibar to the remote northwest coast of Madagascar, where he is welcomed by locals as one of them, not a tourist. He gives good descriptions of sailing in that area and across the Indian Ocean.
    Kris Larsen : Monsoon Dervish
  • Pete Sep 25, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    A great book. Shipping from Australia to UK was very quick.
    Kris Larsen : Monsoon Dervish
  • John Hoenninger Nov 25, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    I always wondered what it would be like to live by a remote tropical beach. Now I know! Kris and his wife live a simple life while engaging in artistic pursuits by a beach in northern Palawan in the Philippines. His wife makes it easier for them to deal with the local cast of characters since she came from Luzon. It turns out there are a lot of practical considerations living by a beach and Kris gives entertaining descriptions of the ups and downs doing it. Ultimately they have to leave, but their experiences make for a great story.
    Kris Larsen: With Mermaid up a Moonberry Tree
  • John Hoenninger Sep 21, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    Kris gives a very easy to understand step-by-step procedures for using a marine sextant to determine latitude and longitude. This is a practical description much like you would get if you were trained on a sailboat by the captain, not a theoretical discussion. Illustrations from actual nautical manuals make the process very clear.
    Manual of sextant navigation by Kris Larsen

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