Call of the Sea

Jan de Hartog’s Call of the Sea grabbed me from its first words, and it was almost impossible for me to put it down.

After I finished it, I tracked down every single one of his books and read them more or less in the order of publication. de Hartog was nominated for a Nobel Prize for literature, and yet, like other fine writers from mid-century, he is largely forgotten today. de Hartog’s first book Captain Jan was written in Dutch, and like Conrad, de Hartog switched to English and never again wrote a novel in his native language, and like Conrad, de Hartog is a proven master of the English language.

Now retired after 34 years of teaching English, Spanish, and journalism in public, private, and government schools. Hobbies: DX'ing (Google it!), gardening, collecting a lot of crap that now fills my house (I bet I have older computers than anyone who has better sense!).

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