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
This true adventure/survival story was almost as good as Kon-Tiki, but it still gets 5 stars from me and placed into my favorite book ...more
Unfortunately we both regretted picking this book almost immediately. The author's excessive overuse of adjectives and flowery pro ...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
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
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
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
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
Anyway, this one is about a young guy in the 80s who is sailing solo from the Canary Islands to Antigua when something (likely an accidental whale strike) causes his sailboat to sink. He throw what supplies he can into the lifeboat and spends the next 76 days adrift.
It’s terrifying just to consider it for a single day!
Callahan writes ...more
An experienced sailor, Callahans small, well-equippe ...more
I come from a family of book lovers. But if we aren't reading books, you'll probably find us outside. Much of my childhood was spent in outdoor adventures both on land and on sea. So my parents taught me survival skills from a young age. Adrift was probably the book that my dad referenced the most often, so I was familiar with Callahan's story long before I ever read this book.
If you did not guess from the title, Adrift is the true story of a man who, after his boat sinks, spends seventy- ...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
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
Usually i enjoy survival stories, man v mother nature and man overcoming the odds to survive, not with Mr Callahan's writing, everything is there to make this a gripping story but it's just dull.
I'm sure given the choice Steve Callahan wouldn't want to suffer the same fate again and given the choice i would rather be stranded than read this a second time.