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Alone: The True Story of the Man Who Fought the Sharks, Waves, and Weather of the Pacific and Won
     

Alone: The True Story of the Man Who Fought the Sharks, Waves, and Weather of the Pacific and Won

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by Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux (Introduction)
 

This is the incredible true story of one man’s heroic battle against impossible odds, a tale of pain and anguish, bravery and utter solitude, a tale that ends in a victory not only over the implacable ocean but over himself as well.

At the age of forty-five, Gerard d’Aboville set out to row across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States.

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This is the incredible true story of one man’s heroic battle against impossible odds, a tale of pain and anguish, bravery and utter solitude, a tale that ends in a victory not only over the implacable ocean but over himself as well.

At the age of forty-five, Gerard d’Aboville set out to row across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States. Taking his rowboat the Sector, which had a living compartment thirty-one inches high, containing a bunk, one-burner stove, and a ham radio, d’Aboville made his way across an ocean 6,200 miles wide. Though he rowed twelve hours a day, battled cyclones and headwinds that kept him in one place for days at a time, was capsized dozens of times forty-foot waves that hit him like cannonballs, he never quit; even when he was trapped upside down inside his cabin for almost two hours while nearly depleting his oxygen trying to right the boat.

One hundred and thirty-four days after his departure, d’Aboville arrived in the little fishing village of Ilwaco, Washington, leaving his body bruised and battered, and weighing thirty-seven pounds less. This is his story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611451122
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Gérard d’Aboville is the first man to row across two oceans solo: the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. He crossed the Atlantic in 1980, traveling from Cape Cod to Brittany. At the age of forty-five, he spent one hundred and thirty-four days at sea in order to cross the Pacific, traveling from Japan to Washington State. He currently lives in Paris.

Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). In 1981, he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast. He currently resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Alone: The True Story of the Man Who Fought the Sharks, Waves, and Weather of the Pacific and Won 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is a "seaman" not a writer. His undertaking was more of an "ordeal" rather than an adventure. Thus, while it's an interesting story and I admire d'Adobille's courage, his telling of his story didn't "capture" my sense of adventure in that I couldn't relate to much of what he was doing. A travel adventure for me is one that causes me to wonder how/what I would do confronted with the story tellers experience. "Alone" is a bit like watching a train wreck waiting to happen.