Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea

Paperback - 1996
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A NEW YORK TIMES besteller, this true story tells the riveting, first-hand account of the only man in history to have survived more than a month alone at sea,fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out. Racked by hunger, buffeted by storms, and broiled by the tropical sun, Steven Callahan drifted over eighteen hundred miles of ocean, fighting off sharks with a makeshift spear, and watching nine ships pass by without turning back. Here is a story of anguish and horror, of undying heroism, hope--and survival.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996, c1986.
ISBN: 9780345410153
Characteristics: xviii, 234 pages :,illustrations, map ;,21 cm.


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Sep 23, 2017

Terrific adventure, but lousy writing.

Dec 27, 2016

This man had amazing ingenuity and resilience. He achieved where few others would have the skills or determination to succeed. I enjoyed his writing style and visual descriptions of creations and situations along his arduous journey. He definitely has an amazing positive spirit.

Sep 28, 2013

Read this book! Mr. Callahan does an excellent job of relaying his mental and physical journey after the shipwreck. The narrative is more than just a survival story.

Jul 04, 2013

It's interesting how authors tackle difficult stories like this. I mean, it's nonfiction and the title tells you he's adrift on the sea for 76 days so he can't use suspense to draw you in and through the narrative. You also find out in the first few pages that he's the only person in the boat so there isn't going to be any dialog except that rattling around in his head.

Nevertheless, it's a worthy read. The ordeal strips any sense of pride out of the author and he writes with a sense of Taoist detachment. The pages are alternately filled with the interesting methods he concocts to satisfy the basic animal needs of food, water, and shelter and the insights he receives from being at the edge of death for days on end.

kelleypoole Mar 20, 2013

Excellent, honest read with a sense that the truth was told and no fabrication took place. Technical details are bordered so you can choose to read them or not. Very well done.

Oct 13, 2012

Astounding. I particularly stay with his relationship with the fish he killed to stay alive, how that affected him, how beautiful they were, and then how joyfully he gave them up to his rescuers. I would have liked more about his life after his rescue. But very interesting. His resourcefulness and simple ability to continue trying is astonishing.

ChristyH Jun 03, 2011

An amazing, gripping tale of survival. This book really grabs you right from the beginning.

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Nov 28, 2019

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