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The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  18,370 ratings  ·  1,098 reviews
In 1955, Garcia Marquez was working for El Espectador, a newspaper in Bogota, when in February of that year eight crew members of the Caldas, a Colombian destroyer, were washed overboard and disappeared. Ten days later one of them turned up, barely alive, on a deserted beach in northern Colombia. This book, which originally appeared as a series of newspaper articles, is Ga ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 13th 1989 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1970)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Relato de un náufrago = The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, Gabriel García Márquez
This is Marquez's account of a real-life event. In 1955, eight crew members of the destroyer Caldas, were swept into the Caribbean Sea. The sole survivor, Luis Alejandro Belasco, told the true version of the events to Marquez, causing great scandal at the time.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز چهاردهم ماه نوامبر سال 1982 میلادی

عنوان: سرگذشت یک غریق؛ نویسنده: گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ مترجم: رضا قیصریه؛ بی جا، روزگار ما، 1359، در
Mutasim Billah
The full title is The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor: Who Drifted on a Liferaft for Ten Days Without Food or Water, Was Proclaimed a National Hero, Kissed by Beauty Queens, Made Rich Through Publicity, and Then Spurned by the Government and Forgotten for All Time, which pretty much sums up the story.

The story of Luis Alejandro Velasco is one of intense survival, as he was flung overboard from the destroyer Caldas with seven of his fellow seamen on February 28, 1955. The ship was traveling from Mo
Ina Cawl
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is been ten years since I set foot on sea as you guess am really scared of, I didn’t try learn to swim and almost drowned twice trying to show off my nonexistent swimming prowess to people, I don’t try to aboard any ship and if I tried I must make sure I have my life saving jacket near me so when things go wrong which they don’t happen but seeing my jacket calms me down
The story tells what it means to be stranded in sea where there is no water or food for ten days and survive
Our story begins
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
This was such a quick read, at 106 pages long, I was able to finish this in just fifteen minutes. Inspired by true events after a ship sinks, the only survivor lasts for ten days on a lifeboat without food and water. The storytelling reminded me so much of a book that I had to read for my Access class in English Literature: Life of PI by Yann Martel however, I enjoyed this short story more. It was visual, action-packed, however, I did feel a disconnection towards the survivor and was expecting m ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Think of a writer who can make you smile, happy and laugh with just the title of his work or with its prologue written in four short pages. I have one, and only one: Gabriel Joselito de la Concordia Garcia Marquez. And it is here, where he didn't tell his own story, but the story of another, written in the first-person narrative but in GG Marquez's hand, sort of like "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein.

The title you see from the image of this book here at GR is not complete
Miquel Reina
"The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor" is an ideal book for all readers that like the stories of survival and adventure (the same as me! ;D). It's a short book but written by the excellence of Gabriel García Márquez. For me, it has been a great reference book for the writing of my own novel, Lights on the Sea. I recommend The Story of a Shipwrecked to everyone, especially the one who want to discover Gabriel García Márquez amazing writing

Spanish version:
Diario de un náufrago es un libro ideal para
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing my accidental trend of novellas featuring sailors & seamen. (Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, John Steinbeck's The Pearl...)

Been meaning to read GGM for ages, but a mammoth novel can be intimidating. So when I saw this slim volume on the shelf, I picked it up. Discovering in the introduction that this was actually a true story that the author covered during his time at a Colombian newspaper, serialized in 14 parts, I was initially disappointed that this wasn't a whole-cloth creati
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a journalistic reconstruction of what happened on a clear calm early 1955 morning on a destroyer traveling from Mobile, Ala. to Cartagena, Columbia, when eight sailors were suddenly swept overboard and the lone survivor thereafter battled overwhelming odds during more than 10 days at sea. Published in serial form in a local Bogota newspaper later that year, the straightforward narrative account contains little of the flow and rhythms of Marquez's later dancing prose. Only the entire titl ...more
Sarvenaz Taridashti
(When you feel close to death, your instinct for self-preservation grows stronger).
(In agony, a fish can jump higher and farther than it otherwise can).
(Hunger is bearable when you have no hope of food).
One of GGM's retelling of a real life event. A sailor and 7 colleagues are washed overboard from an overloaded destroyer. He is the only sailor and survives for ten days without food or water. Initially a hero he is disparaged by the military dictator government who became embarrassed by the condition of the destroyer and its contraband cargo.
Even though you know the guy is going to survive it is an exciting story of an event that no one would want to experience.
Ankit Saxena
Too good to read and far better than the last book I read based on the sea adventures "The Old Man and the Sea"

Looking forward to read more from GGM..
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
One of the earlier works if Marquez from his days as a journalist who had to cover the harrowing ordeal of a shipwrecked sailor as he narrated straight from the horse's mouth. It's an incredible tale of survival at sea, with almost nothing to fend yourself with other than ones resolve and the determination to not die. It's a short but intense read which keeps you on the edge of the seat. Despite knowing the final outcome, you can't help but be looking forward to the circumstances surrounding the ...more
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you if you are not on a boat
shipwrecked sailor reminds me a lot of life of pi with the whole lost-on-a-boat-trying-to-find-a-reason-to-survive plot. in my opinion, sailor kicks pi's ass hands down because it really fucking happened to this guy. yikes.

i was totally immersed in the world this book creates. i read most of it one morning and the only thing that brought me out of it was people's bathroom noises. otherwise, i was out in the ocean; thirsty, battling sharks, and trying to eat my shoe.
Yuko Shimizu
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing a 700 pages of a brick The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay I picked this up from my 'to read' pile, solely because I needed a thinnest book before moving onto another. You know, like palette cleanser. Sorbet that comes in between fancy course meal, or that pink pickled ginger on the side of a sushi plate.

It turned out the palette cleanser tasted better than the fancy big plate I just finished.
The story was originally a series of newspaper column back in 1955. Then a young
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor" represents the first major work of Gabriel Garca Marquez. Initially appearing as a serialized true account in the Columbian newspaper El Espectador, the book version saw the first light of the day in the year 1970. This truly represents the birthing of a master story teller, a consummate weaver who sublimates fact and fiction and a spontaneous genius who conflates the surreal with the apparent.

In the year 1955, a Columbian destroyer "Caldas", homeward bound f
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As humans we seem pretty fascinated with stories of human survival. The idea of the endurance of the human spirit has been explored in numerous films, books and television programmes. So it makes sense that Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s first work would be one that explores this very issue. The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor is a journalistic re-telling of the true story of 20-year-old Luis Alejandro Velasco who was washed overboard and then survived floating on a raft without food or drink for ten da ...more
Ritesh Kukrety
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hispanic-otters
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the elder statesman of South American literature, needs no introduction. People better read and more skilled than I have already gushed lyrical in his praise and that of his prose. All I have to say for The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor is that it is a singularly beautiful story. Even better, I would say, than that other landmark nautical story about a solitary man braving the sea, Old Man and the Sea . Garcia Marquez's first published work (written as a journalist ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought the forward was more interesting than the story itself.
"And then it was wet. And then I got really hot. And then there were sharks. And I was hungry and thirsty. And then I found land. The end."
This was probably the most boring survival story I've ever read. I mean...I'm glad he lived but...why would you publish your story, have someone amazing like Marquez help you....and have almost zero descriptions? Why bother publishing this at all? Besides to stick it to the corrupt government..
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retro-reviews
The author of Love in the time of Cholera (which admittedly I never read, though I did enjoy that other book whose name I now forget) basically is the conduit for a true story of a shipwrecked sailor who at one point in the tale, tries to eat his shoe. I read this 106 page book in one sitting, so I must have liked it.
Ashok Krishna
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good one. Will share the detailed review later.
Esterina Terpollari
A very true story described with the very true words of the shipwrecked sailor, combined with the amazing style of lonelines typicall for Marquez.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great short novel! A reminder to persevere the tough times.
the political scene was unfavorable, the story had been already sold, ripped till the last bone and it was a little too late after the fiasco. But as it happened he was destined to write the story. A story well told, ran in a newspaper for fourteen days before running into troubles. The sailor was expelled from the Navy and the author was exiled. The story of a shipwrecked sailor is an underrated work of the author.

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Jul 10, 2010 rated it liked it
An interesting, well-written tale about a sailor's harrowing ten days on a lifeboat with no food or water. Because I'm willing to read anything Garcia Marquez writes, I learned some things I didn't know before about destroyers, gunwales, raw fish and 1950s Mobile, Alabama (where the journey starts) though these things are minor and likely to be known by many already.
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Garcia Marquez puts us in the sailor's drama for all those days at sea. catching and eating the seagull was amazingly told. Great read.
Mary Mojica
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just adore this story. It takes me back to my childhood and Gabo's magic.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
A brisk and engaging read where journalism meets literary levels.

Under other circumstances, I might have given this book four stars, but under other circumstances, I might not have taken the time to read it in the first place. (What follows is less a review and more a story of how I read this book.)

I was going on a nine day journey that would take me to three cities in Colombia. Normally, I pack too much to read, so in order to pack efficiently, I brought only a copy of Moby Dick. I had seen th
Anirudh Parthasarathy
Imagine going on a voyage on the sea and your ship capsizes, your fellow sailors drown and all you have is a raft and a few oars right in the middle of the sea. This was the reality of the Colombian sailor, Luis Alejandro Velasco, in the year 1955 and he stayed on that way for ten days. Years after his ordeal, he was interviewed by the then Colombian journalist who later on went to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Gabriel García Márquez who weaves an interesting novella from the perspective o ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This was quite a thril. After litins adventures în Chile i thought that the lecture will be a bit în the same reportagesque style, but no. Although it was not a clasical GGM writing, i felt the salty smell, i ve seen the infinite blue, and the morning light.
And i learnt that when death is close an Extra pain can bring a new power to survive
Brian Tucker
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GGM is one of my top 10 favorite authors. He didn't write anything he didn't fully believe in and it shows on the page. His attention to detail is unsurpassed. This one is a mere 100 pages, but it says so much. In a lot of ways, it says even what Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea could not.
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Gabriel José de la Concordia Garcí­a Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garcí­a Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian

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