Travel. Nonfiction. HTML: Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known 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. â??Utterly absorbing" (Newsweek), Adrift is a must-have for any adventure library.
If you recognize and are groaning at that allusion to Ilya Kuryakinâ€™s partner,
Callahanâ€™s experiences in surviving the loss of his boat were brutal. By comparison, itâ€™s almost as if Shackleton and his crew were quartered in the Antarctica Hyatt. In Adrift, Callahan suffers on a virtually daily basis physical torments and psychological stresses that are desperate. He tapped knowledge, ingenuity, tenacity, and a bit of luck to keep himself alive long enough to survive. I say, let us treat this man to the sweet ice cream, starchy baked bread, rich fruits and vegetables, sherried crab in flaky pie shells, chocolate pies, and cold beer that filled his fantasies as starvation ravaged his muscles but failed to vanquish his will.
While there may be better written survival stories out there, Iâ€™ve not seen any that excel his in its detailing of vivid privation and pushed-to-the-limit greatness. Itâ€™s also a book that explains how love of the sea put him out there in the first place and afterward returned him there again. It is filled with surprises. The way dorados punch the bottom of his rubber raft, targeting where heâ€™s sitting. How piscine eyeballs compared to other items on his raftâ€™s menu. I wonder if Steven Callahan orders them up these days when dining at seafood restaurants. Iâ€™m guessing probably not.
Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small
The writing is occasionally cliche and repetitive, some of the descriptions difficult to visualize, the emotions at times piled on to over-effect. Yet we do feel as if we are there, the little details add up to a whole experience and give one a sense of the hunger, physical toil and fears of being aboard an inflatable life raft. The back-story aspect is weak, he was basically just vagabonding around; the after-story is one of capitalizing on his experience.
Some memorable experiences include a sense of vertigo with the only thing separating Steven and a 5000 feet fall to the bottom a thin rubber sheet, as items dropped overboard spiral out of site on a long journey downward. The image of his legs pushing through the rubber bottom into which sharks and fish crash. Eating raw fish eyeballs, cracking spinal bones, livers and the contents of fish stomachs. The heightened senses on reaching land as everything seemed ultra-real and electric, I've experienced the same thing after being bedridden for a long time.
However, after the first twenty days, days tend to blur together, and the fight to stay
Finished reading this last night. Once you start reading you cannot stop.
I love the drawings . This guys is so inventive it is unbelievable. He never gave up. How he had to struggle, just to keep the raft afloat, to get a little bit of water, and
Highly recommend. 9 out of 10 4.5 stars
Imagine seventy-six days of just salt water some fish and a raft and itâ€™s