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Adrift

Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea

Callahan, Steven

(Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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' Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out. "Utterly absorbing" (Newsweek), Adrift is a must-have for any adventure library.' from publisher's description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618257324
0618257322
Branch Call Number: 910.0916 C156a 2002
Characteristics: xviii 237 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm

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List - Sea voyages gone wrong by: multcolib_tamaf Jun 23, 2014

Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan’s dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. Callahan was a consultant on the movie Life of Pi.


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Sep 28, 2013
  • jryanjohnson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this book! Mr. Callahan does an excellent job of relaying his mental and physical journey after the shipwreck. The narrative is more than just a survival story.

Jul 04, 2013
  • rsalvino1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's interesting how authors tackle difficult stories like this. I mean, it's nonfiction and the title tells you he's adrift on the sea for 76 days so he can't use suspense to draw you in and through the narrative. You also find out in the first few pages that he's the only person in the boat so there isn't going to be any dialog except that rattling around in his head.

Nevertheless, it's a worthy read. The ordeal strips any sense of pride out of the author and he writes with a sense of Taoist detachment. The pages are alternately filled with the interesting methods he concocts to satisfy the basic animal needs of food, water, and shelter and the insights he receives from being at the edge of death for days on end.

Mar 20, 2013
  • kelleypoole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent, honest read with a sense that the truth was told and no fabrication took place. Technical details are bordered so you can choose to read them or not. Very well done.

Oct 13, 2012
  • JudithE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Astounding. I particularly stay with his relationship with the fish he killed to stay alive, how that affected him, how beautiful they were, and then how joyfully he gave them up to his rescuers. I would have liked more about his life after his rescue. But very interesting. His resourcefulness and simple ability to continue trying is astonishing.

Jun 03, 2011
  • ChristyH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing, gripping tale of survival. This book really grabs you right from the beginning.

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