Since its publication in 1963, Sterling Hayden's autobiography, Wanderer, has been surrounded by controversy. The author was at the peak of his earning power as a movie star when he suddenly quit. He walked out on Hollywood, walked out of a shattered marriage, defied the courts, broke as an outlaw, set sail with his four children in the schooner Wanderer--bound for the South Seas. His attempt to escape launched his autobiography. It is the candid, sometimes painfully revealing confession of a man who scrutinized his every self-defeat and self-betrayal in the unblinking light of conscience.
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Interesting autobiography of a Hollywood actor who quit stardom and sailed to Tahiti with his four young children against a court ruling that he couldn't take them out of the U.S.A. An account of his ... Read full review
Captivating story of a man's quest to feel at home and useful. Sterling Hayden writes beautifully. Hard to put down! Only reason not 5 stars, is that in certain parts it feels like he could've used a sharper pen on the re-write. Only rarely does the story lose steam, and it's an eye opening experience.
The foreword is well worth reading as well.
Sterling jumps off the pages like a character out of Walt Whitman poem- "I contain multitudes, therefore I contain contradictions"
The book is a testament that the author does finish some things that he starts, despite his self criticism. An inspiring accomplishment!