Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea
Red Sky in Mourning is the story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft's 41-day journey to safety, which she survived through fortitude and sheer strength of character. Interspersed with flashbacks to her ...more
Two weeks into their last voyage together....Tahiti to San Diego, they met up with catastrophic hurricane Raymond, and ADRIFT is Tami's emotional story of loss and survival.
41 days at sea alone in a nearly demolished boat with little hope for rescue, a shocked...more
I like to read survival stories and there are very good ones out there like Adrift by Steve Callahan and Jungle by Joshi Ginsberg (I hope I wrote the correct names) They are excellent.
First of all this is about survival on the sea but it is indeed more an emotional story cause this lady had enough supplies to last her for a long time.
I am not going to say what ...more
While I liked the book, I think it suffered from editing and a lack of intensity. Tami kept hearing a voice that kept her alive but I don't think she necessarily translated that onto the pages well. She talked to herself throughout the book and italicized the voice. It didn't seem as smooth as I would ...more
Red Sky in Mourning can be divided into two tales. There is that of before the hurricane, and that of the aftermath of the hurricane. Oldham and her fiance were sailing a yacht across the ...more
To be fair, Tami is a survivor. No doubt about it. She endured 41 days by herself in the Pacific Ocean on an almost useless hull of a boat. Her days were filled only ...more
She was a little slow to get moving in the metaphorically correct direction, i.e. getting her act together and getting the boat in order. I can’t believe that she would have had a water shortage in such a luxury yacht ...more
The idea of a book about survival on the sea intrigued me. The problem was the hurricane and all the miserable things start pretty soon in the book. This may work for other people, but I find it hard to connect with the personages in the book if this is the case. I wouldve preferred to read their meeting story and some more background story’s first before the real action happens.
I know this is a story which ...more
I’ll begin by saying I think you need to have a different kind if lens if you’re going to critique how someone presents their personal story. It’s theirs, so the word choice, the emotion conveyed, I feel is out of bounds for criticism. I think it is fair to say when the structure of the telling could be better.
Because she was adrift for such a long time, it seemed to make sense that the book was partitioned into her time after the storm and her past getting into sailing, ...more