Not only is this unintentionally funny and exciting, it is also a handsome piece of bookmaking. Kodoku is Japanese for desperate loneliness, which sailor Horie experienced during his 94 non-stop sailing days on the Pacific which brought him from Japan to San Francisco on his 19 foot sailboat. The fulfillment of his 5000 mile dream journey is recorded day by day with charts, plans, and a lengthy list of gear and supplies. There are added comments on marine and psychological observations which anyone planning a similar trip will find pertinent. (The author's devotion to Hemingway had no effect on his prose style, unfortunately.) The appeal is in the contemplation of heroic youth.