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Shapes at the Wind is the autobiography of David Lewis, one of many world's outdated sea salts, sailors and adventurers.An uncompromising participator within the types and vagaries of energetic existence, he has ventured onto sea, land and ice in each nook of the globe, investigating and trying out the weather — and himself—for emotional and aesthetic potential.This account builds up a entire portrait of a most unique individual in our current tradition, somebody devoted to experiencing lifestyles open air the standard price structures of cash, fabric possessions and standard morality. His errors 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his existence tale, realising that the profits couldn't were accomplished with out a few error.He is really one of many outdated sea salts, an outdated guy of the ocean and more youthful sailors, pioneers and expeditioners may still all comprehend his story.

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Nonetheless, rewarding mountaineering escapades continued on lesser, wilder peaks and, indeed, still does after a fashion, for my spirit expands mightily in the vast spaciousness between peak and sky. Then there was skiing. No matter that New Zealand didn’t have teachers or ski lifts then, and that I floundered about developing uncorrectable faults in technique (a beginner could learn in less than a week what we picked up over many years), we had lots of fun on Mount Ruapehu in the North Island while I was still at school and on the Rock and Pillar Range in Otago.

There was the time I was directed to take my ambulances down a road that I found was covered by fixed German machine guns. Only the fact that I had made my own independent reconnaissance averted a disaster. A little later I was establishing a first-aid post when a white flag began waving from a tiny farmhouse nearby. ’ Our American-type paratroop helmets were not unlike the enemy’s. ‘British,’ we called back. A few minutes later a little old couple clutching a coffee pot and bottles of Calvados came running towards us, heedless of the bullets that were flying around their heads and our own cries to go back.

After being reunited in England with Perle, Michael and little Anna, we sailed for Jamaica, where I was demobilised in 1946. 4 Trevor was indeed very ill with cancer; he was so confused that when I saw him he told me his son had been killed in the war. But I was unprepared for the sight of my mother. At a glance I could tell she was suffering from Paget’s disease, a chronic bone disorder of unknown etiology that causes overgrowth and distortion of the skull and limbs leading, over the years, to crippling and deafness.

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