FALL­ING

Yachting Monthly - - BOOK CLUB - Brion Toss, C-star Press (Kin­dle only)

Brion Toss is a mas­ter rig­ger, based in Port Townsend and cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing 40 years in the trade. Or is it a vo­ca­tion? This very short book is a med­i­ta­tion on fall­ing; fall­ing ob­jects, averted or in­ter­rupted falls, falls that do not end in death. Falls from which we can learn. Most, but not all, of the dra­mas are played out on the top­masts and yards of tall ships and among the in­ci­den­tal plea­sures of the book is the lan­guage of roy­als, par­rels and top­gal­lants. Toss has a wry writ­ing style and a gift for apt lit­er­ary ref­er­ence, gleaned per­haps from the read­ing he did dur­ing a long pe­riod of ‘un­likely sur­vival’ early in his ca­reer.

A wise and thought-pro­vok­ing con­sid­er­a­tion of hu­man’s re­la­tion­ship with risk.

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