Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
There is nothing I can write further tha ...more
Often wet, cold or overheated, always starving thirsty or scared, with sores and ulcers plaguing him, and never-ending attacks by the bumping dorados, Callahan continues his daily routines amidst unbelievably harsh conditions for 76 long days.
While at times a bit too detailed and descriptive (for me)...more
Should be required reading for anyone going to sea with no land in sight, in any type vessel.
This book being a true account it moves along at the pace it simply must.
The adventure within is almost beyond the scope of human survival.
Survival story junkies will revel in all the gory details, from his constant attention to water retrieval to the nuances of spear-fishing to keeping his deteriorating raft afloat for 76 days. Amateur psychologists will enjoy his inner dialogue, the rational consciousness scolding his fe ...more
So why three stars? Well, Callahan is not the most reliable narrator. Once the wild ride is over, the weird inconsistencies that you didn't have time to think about mid-read start to gnaw at the edge of your consciousness. Then there is Callahan's ego, which is big enough to capsize his ship even without a rogue wave. The too careful minimization of his errors, and his tendency towards inflated descriptions ...more
Let me say that I did not expect to like this book. I read the last couple chapters first, just skimming out of curiosity and boredom...and then proceeded to get hooked and start from the beginning. Reading a book like this on the beach was quite an experience, and it's a riveting su ...more
Someone told me about this book back in the 1980s and I knew that I had to read it.
Steven Callahan, an accomplished sailor, decided to build his own sailboat after he and his wife divorced. Once built, he sailed it to England where he intended to enter a boat race that takes place every year. The race is from England to the Caribbean.
He is forced to drop out of the race because his boat is damaged in a storm. When it is repaired, he decides ...more
While it doesn't have the journalistic edge/drive that you might find in one of Krakauer's books, I found Adrift to be quite well-written. It is as much about his struggle to stay focused and ...more
1987 New York Times best-seller sensation, Callahan's work does characterize time and philosophy and 76 days passes by in the sweep of a full book. beats that Andean plane cras ...more
Two things really make this book. The first is that Callahan isn't a writer by trade, he can indeed write quite well; he talks a bit in the introduction about the process of putting to book together, but even without that it would be clear that he gave it a great deal of thought. Ditto the illustration ...more
'76 Days Lost at Sea' does drag at times but being stuck on your own drifting in the ocean going through the same problems can't have been easy.
Steven uses the minimal amount of resources he has to survive shark encounters, food and water shortages, and damage to his raft. He is to be admired for his continued strength where most people wou ...more