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Alone: The True Story of the Man Who Fought the Sharks, Waves, and Weather of the Pacific and Won

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This is the incredible true story of one man’s heroic battle against impossible odds, a tale of pain and anguish, bravery and utter solitude, a tale that ends in a victory not only over the implacable ocean but over himself as well.

At the age of forty-five, Gerard d’Aboville set out to row across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States. Taking his rowboat the Sec
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Arcade (first published July 3rd 1905)
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A painful diary of a Frenchman's ordeal rowing a specialized boat from Japan to Washington state during typhoon season during the 1990's.
Khalidah Kamal
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alone by Gerard d’Aboville

On July 11 1991, Gerard d’Aboville, 45, sets out to conquer the world’s largest ocean by rowing 6,200 miles from Choshi, Japan to North America. Without saying, it is a long and arduous journey as he encounters dozens of boat capsizes – which he describes “not unlike being in an automobile accident”, thirty-five foot swells, driving rains, shifting currents, and just overexposure to the elements in just a 5 foot wide and a few feet of living quarters in the stern of his
Joe White
Pretty good information for expedition planning and fundraising. The first half of the book is one of the better accounts of the effects of wind and currents on these ocean rowing boats. The buildup preparation for the boat and radios was informative. The author's writing style was very good - being clear and informative.
The second half of the book became a downer, as the rower began to recount his inner antagonizing and desperation thoughts in the face of probably the worst weather recorded in
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
This had the makings of a much better book than it was. Ended far too abruptly. It seemed as if, with 3/4 of the book taking place halfway through the journey, that equal time would have been taken for the rest of the journey and it's aftermath. I wasn't aware that he took this journey on voluntarily when I started it. I thought it was more a book of someone abandoned and adrift. That made a huge difference to me. A few times I thought the author was really opening up with thoughts and feelings ...more
Shelly Curtain
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book due to its topic. It started out strong and clear, much like anyone at the beginning of a trip; but as he progressed across the Pacific his writing became more choppy. As he rowed the 6,000 plus miles from Japan to the United States, the writing seemed to become more cut and pasted from journal entries. It is understandable that his mind was in a feebler and less lucid state as his four month solo journey went on; but I wish he could have later kept the narrative stro ...more
Lisa Bricker
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Amazing and disturbing true story of a man who rowed across the Pacific Ocean (after rowing across the Atlantic, of course). He's a good writer--very blunt, very practical and yet ... there's so much more to it.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
A quick read about a Frenchman who rows across the Pacific. I love adventure stories; this one made me appreciate dry land and fresh food. For those that love nautical literature, a good choice.
Dustin Lynx
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unbelieveable feat of rowing singled handed across the Pacific. Compelling
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