"Sailing - in that fall it was like this, that I spent life"

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#1
Hi,

"Sailing - In that fall it was like this, that/how I spent life."

or

"Sailing - In that fall it had been like this, that/how I spent life."

I'm somehow confused by this sentence. I don't know if I shall use the simple past or the past perfect. Would "in that fall it had been like this, that I spent life" be the best alternative or it depends on what I'm trying to say ? It's like there's a guy talking about some past memories,i.e. he isn't sailing anymore. What I ask myself is if in this sentence there's a kind of continuity to it that would require the past perfect or if I shall take it as a fact and simply say that at this period of time in the past he was there sailing. Thanks in advance.
 
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    #2
    Hmm, sounds what? Literary, pensive, reminiscent to the point that the author is talking to himself more than to any audience, so he is there, remembering. I agree with your conclusion:

    "Sailing -- in that fall, it had been like this that I spent life."
     
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