It all begins with entering a raceand once his beloved SOLO is lost what if s and survival is the name of the ame for Steven Callahan s 1982 life raft ADRIFT across half the Atlantic OceanOften wet cold or overheated always starving thirsty or scared with sores and ulcers plaguing him and never ending attacks by the bumping dorados Callahan continues his daily routines amidst unbelievably harsh conditions for 76 long daysWhile at times a bit too detailed and descriptive for me still a Les Innocents great true life adventure story I found Adrift during the documentation process for the novel I was writing that moment Luces en el Mar Lights on the Sea After reading the synopsis and discover that the story of Steven Callahan was real I felt and curious about reading it Adrift is areat novel for those readers who like stories of survival where the sea is protagonist and antagonist and above all lovers of adventures ADVENTURES in capital letters Callahan s story is so vivid and real that you feel immersed in the odyssey of his journey from the beginning You can feel his anguish his pain and his despair but also his happiness and his relief It s a short but really really intense story that I recommend reading to all the fans of survival books like Diary of a Shipwrecked or Life of PiSpanish versionDescubr el libro A la Deriva durante mi proceso de documentaci n para la escritura de la novela ue estaba escribiendo en ese momento Luces en el Mar La verdad ue al leer la sinopsis y descubrir ue la historia de Steven Callahan sucedi de verdad a n me entraron m s anas de leerlo A la Deriva es un libro enial para todos auellos lectores ue les usten las historias de supervivencia donde el mar es a la vez protagonista y antagonista y sobre todo las aventuras aventuras en may sculas El relato de Callahan es un relato tan v vido y real ue puedes sentir su angustia su dolor y su desesperaci n al igual ue su felicidad y alivio Es un relato corto pero intenso ue recomiendo leer a todos los fans de libros de supervivencia como Diario de un N ufrago o la Vida de Pi The entire book is set in a small life raft where the author struggles to catch fish capture water plug holes and stay alive for 76 days It s monotonous stuff that is somehow riveting And it made me realize that I have nothin to complain aboutever Should be reuired reading for anyone oing out to sea in any type vessel This book being a true account it moves along at the pace it simply must and the adventure within takes us to the very limits of human survival LOVE LOVE LOVED this book I m a serious oceanophile and seek any and all books associated with sailingshipwrecksstranded at sea and this book captured all of them together Although it sounds weird I loved living with the author on his sordid journey I could almost feel the saltwater chafing his skinfeel the sharks poking at the bottom of the raftsmell the rotting fish as they hung from his makeshift drying racks I loved every moment this I admit sitting in the comfort of my own home far from any sufferingalthough Wisconsin IS pretty chilly this time of yearThis author brings you right along with him and you ll often wonder if you could have survived the journeyor would you have succumbed to the wrath of the sea I d like to think I d have been successful but in all honesty I m sure I wouldn t have made it. On the night of January 29 1982 Steven Callahan set sail in his small sloop from the Canary Islands bound for the Caribbean Thus began one of the most remarkable sea adventures of all.
T imagine eating raw fish much less eating every part of it even its eyes And if the fish hadn t surrounded his raft during his entire trip then I don t know what he would have done Starvation comes to mind The fish bumping the bottom of the raft was unnerving to him as it would be to me Having sharks swim by was even worse And then he had to continually fix leaks and pump air into the raft and with each day he was The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States growing weaker The worse leak was when he had speared a fish and in the fight to kill it his spear cut a hole in the bottom layer of his raft and it deflated causing the raft to lower itself in the water and flop around Pages and pages were written of his survival but not once did I become boredI thought of how much I feared the ocean or any deep body of water yet I thought that it would have been exciting to sail around the world like Jack London had or to have been on Kon Tiki Not once did I envy Steven Callahan though his was not a planned trip I also thought of the time my friend Cathy and I took a sailboat ride in San Francisco Bay and how weot wet with cold salty water that kept hitting us whenever the boat leaned a certain way and how horrible that felt Maybe if the sailboat was larger I thought I might enjoy it And perhaps my fear of the water came when I was 6 or 7 years old and my dad had taken me out on a bay in CA and I was afraid that an octopus was oing to climb on board and rab me or maybe I had dreamed it all after watching a movie with an octopus killing people who were onboard a ship The author had these kinds of fears too but they were real but of course he never mentioned fearing an octopus My son had to read a non fiction informative book for school and this is what he picked with my assistance When he has to read for school I read the book too to try and encourage his reading habits and make it enjoyable for him because he s at that age where the only thing he wants to read is sports headlines video Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth game stats and the titles of YouTube videos Unfortunately we both regretted picking this book almost immediately The author s excessive overuse of adjectives and flowery prose to describe the simplest things made the book completely unreadable I think even the authorot tired of hearing himself talk because I did notice it was toned down some toward the end If my son didn t have to read this for school we wouldn t have even made it that far We were both ready to DNF it just a couple of chapters in I kept thinking we couldn t have picked a worse book to try and 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts get him interested in reading for pleasure He also had to take an AR test on it and it was pretty difficult There s SO much information dumped throughout the book that it was really hard to remember it all and try to pinpoint what might be on the test even for me I definitely would not recommend this for a 12 year old boy or as an AR selection This is an outstanding book The struggle for survival for two and a half months would have made a compelling page turner even if written by a terrible author It just so happens that style rivals the substance Survival story junkies will revel in all theory details from his constant attention to water retrieval to the nuances of spear fishing to keeping his deteriorating raft afloat for 76 days Amateur psychologists will enjoy his inner dialogue the rational consciou. E would drift for seventy six days over eighteen hundred miles of ocean before he reached land and rescue Introduction by Edward E Leslie Epilogue by Steven Callahan drawings and phot.
Past seven daysThere are a lot of nautical and navigation terms throughout the book but I felt like these enhanced the journey rather than hindering my understanding One of my favorite books of all time A fast moving and captivating book that Moonrise (Snowfall, grabs hold and carries you right through the endSo why three stars Well Callahan is not the most reliable narrator Once the wild ride is over the weird inconsistencies that you didn t have time to think about mid read start tonaw at the edge of your consciousness Then there is Callahan s ego which is big enough to capsize his ship even without a rogue wave The too careful minimization of his errors and his tendency towards inflated descriptions of his own epic heroism creativity and enius also loom larger the farther I ot from the end of the bookOverall this book is a selfish indulgence on my part a dysfunctional relationship that ended suddenly and afterwards it s just so obvious how you were used and you hate how you let yourself Hello, Snow! get exploited like that but you think about the sex all the time and you miss it sometimesI would read this again but hate myself for it 10 Stars If anyone wasoing to A Little Dinner Before the Play get shipwrecked and survive alone on the Atlantic it was Steve Callahan He was a delivery skipper sailing boats from one place to another and he very much wanted to do a single handed across the Atlantic He had studied books on surviving at sea he d bought all the correctear practised the manoeuvres necessary to Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies get off a sinking boat as fast as possible and within hours of setting off from the Canaries his boat sankThere is nothing I can write further that wouldn t be a spoiler Not a word It s a fantastic book if you are a sailor or like real life adventure stories or even just want aood read that isn t like any other bookThe rest of this has only a very small relationship to the book I ve sailed the Atlantic too In a 34 catamaran with three friends We set off from Las Palmas on Gran Canaria as did the author having sailed there from the UK We sailed to Cape Verde Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch got machineunned by the police in Russian made motorcycles with sidecars off Brava and then as the author did although we were sailing different passages Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood got stuck in the doldrums No wind for days but waterspouts and sualls several times an hour We were supposed too to the St Peter and Paul Archipelago and thence After 76 days at sea living off very little water and what fish he could catch he was saved and taken to the hospital The doctor walked over to him while he was in the waiting room and said What s the matter with you That was the only time I laughed during the reading of this book because it should have been obvious and because his reply was I am hungry This true adventuresurvival story was almost as Forbidden Reading good as Kon Tiki but it stillets 5 stars from me and placed into my favorite book shelf as did Kon TikiThis wasn t an adventure that he had planned and he probably would not have called it one because his only reason for being on a raft was that his boat was hit by debris and had sunk but before sinking he had opened his raft and had been was able to ather a few needed supplies off his boat And if he had not studied sea survival he may not have made it He had a way to distill water even though he could only collect a small amount of it each day and he had the means to fish I couldn. Time Six days out the sloop sank and Callahan found himself adrift in the Atlantic in a five and a half foot inflatable raft with only three pounds of food and eight pints of water
Steven Callahan is an American author naval architect inventor and sailor most notable for having survived for 76 days adrift on the Atlantic Ocean in a survival raft Callahan recounted his ordeal in the best selling book Adrift 76 days lost at sea which was on the New York Times best seller list for than thirty six weeks Wikipedia