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ADRIFT SEVENTY-SIX DAYS LOST AT SEA Hardcover – 1986


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: GUILD PUBLISHING (1986)
  • ASIN: B000O532AG
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 3 1997
Format: Paperback
While the story presented here in 'Adrift' is riveting and exciting, no matter how hard I tried I couldn't find any compassion for the author. It may be that for some people to survive, to not give up, requires an enormous sense of self importance, self involvement, and even arrogance. Regardless, the 'voice' the author wrote in was not sympathetic. Other books of survival, like Joe Simpson's book "Touching the Void" or books about singlehanded sailing like John Beattie's "The Breath of Angels" are written in a voice with some humility; you 'care' about the authors and pull for them to survive and get through their passages and ordeals. At the end of reading those books you feel uplifted, encouraged, enobled even; that the human race can produce such people. But that wasn't the case here. I think this would have been a much better book if it had been written biographically, that is, by someone else, rather than as an autobiography. Having said that, the story is still remarkable and the writing is, from a technical standpoint, very good. You won't be wasting your time or money to get it. Just be prepared if you find yourself occasionally rooting for the shark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Owen Hehmeyer on Aug. 4 2003
Format: Paperback
I started reading this book because I wanted a great adventure story. This is not an adventure story. This is on the edge of death pure human suffering. Callahan is a very skilled seaman and very lucky man. His story is riveting and told very well. His story is so interesting, his writing skill, though quite good, really isn't necessary to read the book cover to cover. This book has many places where you want to sit down and cry with the man. I'm really tempted to give five stars, but I really wanted more information about his readjustment when he got back to land, but it ended fairly abruptly. Still, I feel I know Callahan's Dorado fish, his raft, and his feelings pretty well. He did a great job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flagday1960 on July 15 2004
Format: Paperback
Superbly written, which is why the book transcends the basic story of survival. Steve Callahan's ample opportunities for introspection weren't wasted, and this makes some of the best reading. In addition, reading this book is like watching a movie where the hero seems most certainly fated to die, buy you know he won't(or "doesn't" in this case). I eventually wanted to just skip to the rescue because I couldn't bear to read of any more disappointment, disillusionment, equipment loss or failures, or physical or mental suffering. Right up there with my favorite true-life read, "Hacksaw".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book in just a couple of sittings. Obviously, you know that somehow he survives, or the book wouldn't have been written- yet you often find yourself thinking "Well, that's it. No one could survive this setback." But somehow he does. And I could relate closely to the way he had the time to look inside, and see his life in a different way, having once spent seventy-nine days immobilized in a cast. An incredible story. Buy the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Bahrami on June 11 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent,totally engrossing account of the author's quest to survive alone on the open seas for 76 days with a minimum of equipment and supplies. This is a real page-turner and is difficult to put down. Callahan faced his plight with a lot of courage, inventiveness and even humor. The parts dealing with him fighting off his shark companions are often quite funy. An excellent book for any fan of true-life adventures. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AceAg82 on Aug. 27 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent ocean survival story that kept me throughly entertained from start to finish. Honestly I couldn't put the book down. This book will change the way you look at your life. After you finish reading it, you won't take the simple things in life for granted anymore. If you enjoy true life adventure and survival books, then I suggest you read this one, it's excellent.
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Solo survival stories are always difficult to tell and especially so, if the canvas on which they are played out is desert, be it water or land. How do you fill the pages with 76 days of essentially the same, day in and day out, no conversations, no fights, because you are the only actor on stage?

Steven Callahan, the survivor, rose to that challenge in keeping you glued to page after page by leading you every day anew through physical pain, mental anguish, hope, despair, dogged perseverance and yes, even beauty. The ordeal made him also explore his inner self, not because of some idle philosophical musings, but because through his struggle for survival, he could see the essence of life stripped of any unnecessary acoutrements and be both awed by his continued existence and by life's continuum as he experienced it. There are some fine, almost mystical, accounts about the sea creature that sustained him and were in some sense also his companions in the lonely vastness of the Atlantic.

To those who critize this book as 'repetitive', all I can say is that any struggle for survival is repetitive, no matter whether experienced as a result of an accident, such as in this tale, or by the desperately poor anywhere. If you are looking for the equivalent of a reality 'survivor' show, with phony human drama and empty entertainment before the running cameras, 'Adrift' is the wrong place to find it. This is the real thing!
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