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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

    Spanish Class Review

    The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, published by First Vintage International in 1986, is a very interesting and unique book. The book was originally published in Spanish, then translated to English by Randolph Hogan. The book is centered around one character, a sailor from Columbia, who finds himself alone on a lifeboat for the majority of the story. I found this book to be genuinely original and well written. This book could have become extremely boring because of the monotony of being lost at sea, but the author keeps it interesting enough to make you want to find out what happens to the sailor. Even though this book didn't have much action, it was still intriguing because it was based on true circumstances.
    The story starts off on February 22, 1955, in Mobile, Alabama, with the main character, Luis Alejandro Velasco, talking about how his next voyage home to Cartagena, Columbia would be his last. He was planning to quit the Navy when he got home. He left on his voyage with seven other crew members on the destroyer, Caldas. A couple of days into the voyage, the destroyer starts to tilt dangerously to the starboard side of the ship. Luis, along with a couple of his shipmates, are called up onto the deck to try to keep the ship balanced, but they all go overboard when strong waves hit the destroyer. Luis is the only one to reach the lifeboat through the harsh water and waves. For the next ten days, Luis is stranded on the lifeboat, with no food and water, and no sense of direction. The story describes very well how horrible it is to be isolated on a lifeboat that seems to be going nowhere. Throughout the story, you learn a lot about sailors, and what they believe in, for example, on page 51, "To a sailor, sea gulls are like sighting land. It isn't proper for a sailor to kill a sea gull." I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to read a journalistic reconstruction of a person stranded out at sea. I would also recommend this book to people who like to read about real life harrowing situations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Story of a shipwrecked Sailor

    I actually read this story in Spanish- 'Relato de un Naufrago'. By reading the review, i must say that either the review is wrong in one thing or the book was translated differently. On the Spanish version it said the accident occured on the 28th of feb, but on the review says it was on the 26th. Anyways, i find this story very interesting and there's a valuable lesson to learn from. I won't say it because it might be different for anyone, if you wanna find out read the book. It's good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    The Story of Outstanding Courage

    This story was a remarkable story about Luis Alejandro Velasco. He was nearly kissed with death but managed to overcome his troubles and illusions after being at sea for 11 days with no food or water. He was claimed a hero for those 11 days but in his own heart, he was just the same person is what the book reads. This is just a touching story that reaches out and grabs your heart.

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