The physical adventures, the physical hazards, which alone would make it an exciting book, are nothing compared to the moral and spiritual struggles which he tells about. He is always truthful and revealing, and the more he strips himself the more he finds himself in harmony with his fellow man. Henry Miller
George Dibbern's compelling account of breaking free from the constraints of society and from the impending scourge of Nazism was first published in New York and London in 1941.
Believing his conscience to be a harsher judge of his actions than any god or court of law, Dibbern left his family in Germany in 1930. Aboard his 32-foot ketch Te Rapunga with a baroness and a student of agriculture as crew, Dibbern set sail for New Zealand where he had lived as a young man. The adventurous voyage took him through raging storms, through halcyon days of longed-for-freedom--tarnished with feelings of guilt. Yet, convinced that "man does not live by bread alone" and that life is meant to be more than a desperate scramble for survival, he perservered.
Five years later in New Zealand, he recognized that he had outgrown nationhood and committed to his life's mission. With Te Rapunga flying a flag representing his ideals, he would be a bridge of friendship, goodwill and understanding.
Told with insight and humour, QUEST won the admiration of American author Henry Miller, who in 1945 wrote to Dibbern "as a brother". Like Miller, Dibbern was a man ahead of his time--and QUEST continues to inspire.