Adrift

by Steven Callahan
List(s):"Extreme Classics"
Category: "Travel"
Pages:237
Year of Publication:1986
Date Added:01/29/2010
Date Read:12/08/2014
Notes:Subtitle: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea

Callahan was attempting to sail a small homemade boat across the Atlantic. It was suddenly sunk one night, probably by a collision with a whale. He managed to float his raft and grab some random items, and for the next 76 days, he drifted alone. He speared fish for food and managed to collect enough water to stay alive. He finally was rescued by three fishermen from Marie Galante in the Caribbean.
My Rating: 6

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Review - Adrift

Callahan did a good job of expressing how miserable his voyage was, but it didn't make for terribly exciting reading. I mean, I knew he would make it because he wrote the book, so there wasn't a lot of suspense. He didn't seem like a very likeable guy, and I have a hard time feeling sorry for those who suffer as a result of their own extreme risk-taking. It's fine if they want to challenge themselves, but danger is one of the more likely outcomes and I think they have to deal with that too. It doesn't make them heroes.

He says the voyage taught him about his strengths and his weaknesses and how it's important to understand your meaning in life. But he avoids making any sort of commitment when it comes to faith. Very early on, he says "I am not a religious man per se. My own cosmology is convoluted and not in line with any particular church or philosophy. But for me, to go to sea is to get a glimpse of the face of God." Seventy-six days alone and that's all he can come up with?
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