"He is quite unpractised in the management of spiritous liquors"
Cabin fever sets in on the long voyage to Australia. Alcohol adds to the drama. As, for the rest; well you will have to discover that for yourself. The prose is dense and yet frenetic, and my appreciation was somewhat complicated by reading in fits and starts, waiting for a plane.
The action is reminiscent of the ups and downs one experiences when tired and over stressed, circumstances akin to those of being stuck on a lengthy sea voyage in cramped quarters.
There is a definite scarcity of open space among the letters of the writer of the journal.
4 out of 5 days that end in keelhauling can't be good.