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By David Lewis

Shapes at the Wind is the autobiography of David Lewis, one of many world's previous sea salts, sailors and adventurers.An uncompromising participator within the kinds and vagaries of lively lifestyles, he has ventured onto sea, land and ice in each nook of the globe, investigating and checking out the weather — and himself—for emotional and aesthetic potential.This account builds up a entire portrait of a most original individual in our current tradition, anyone devoted to experiencing lifestyles outdoor the standard worth structures of cash, fabric possessions and standard morality. His blunders and misjudgments are many and freely admitted, but we discover ways to tolerate and comprehend them as we go through his existence tale, realising that the profits couldn't were completed with out a few error.He is really one of many previous sea salts, an outdated guy of the ocean and more youthful sailors, pioneers and expeditioners may still all comprehend his story.

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