by Thomas Thompson

Hardcover, 1975

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Atheneum (1975), Edition: 1st, 248 pages


From the bestselling author of Blood and Money : A haunting true story of three people locked in a fierce struggle against time and the sea--and each other. In July 1973, Bob Tininenko; his wife, Linda; and his brother in-law, Jim Fisher, set sail from Tacoma, Washington, on a thirty-one-foot trimaran down the West Coast to Costa Rica. The journey was expected to take a matter of weeks, but ten days into the cruise, the party encountered a freak storm off the coast of northern California. When gale-force winds and fifty-foot waves capsized their boat, the voyage became a nightmare. For seventy-two days, the trio was lost at sea. Challenged by nature and compromised by a bitter rivalry, their courage and will to live was put to the ultimate test. Jim, the owner and skipper of the boat, was a devout fundamentalist whose recognition of God's will in every event brought him into increasing conflict with his brother-in-law. As the two men battled to take control of a dire situation, Linda kept a secret that would lead to heartrending tragedy. A "hair-raising" (Houston Chronicle) account of shipwreck and survival and a searing portrait of faith without reason, Lost! is an unforgettable true story from "a writer of tremendous power and achievement" (Detroit Free Press).… (more)

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I read this sometime in the 1970s. My impression at that time was: Well now, here is a tragedy of the first water, deserving of a treatment by Tom Stoppard. Everything a good tragedy requires is here. We see here the death of a true believer after he witnesses the death of an innocent victim of his hubris, incompetence and willful ignorance. And it is the atheistic apostate who lives to tell the tale. Amazing.… (more)




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