Three Sailors

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The Three Sailors chronicles the fictionalized retelling of one of the most arduous passages in history. After a massive storm in 1832, three men are stranded at sea on their broken ship for over four hundred days and hope for just two things-to survive their ordeal and to find safe passage home to Japan.

Left in the middle of the sea with not much else to eat but rice, teenage boys Oto and Kyu, and their older, spiritually strong helmsman, Iwa, are tossed from one ordeal to the...

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Overview

The Three Sailors chronicles the fictionalized retelling of one of the most arduous passages in history. After a massive storm in 1832, three men are stranded at sea on their broken ship for over four hundred days and hope for just two things-to survive their ordeal and to find safe passage home to Japan.

Left in the middle of the sea with not much else to eat but rice, teenage boys Oto and Kyu, and their older, spiritually strong helmsman, Iwa, are tossed from one ordeal to the next. As they travel from Japan to Vancouver to “Slave Island” and Macao, the three Japanese sailors battle not only the unpredictable elements, but also their failing spirits, slavery, and their own government officials. Sustained by eating seaweed and shellfish that miraculously adheres to the side of their ship, the three men soon realize that finding their way back home proves to be a more difficult and dangerous journey than any of them ever expected.

In this realistic seafaring saga that will engage history fans and adventure buffs alike, three brave sailors will come full circle and face their final fate.

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Editorial Reviews

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“How do three Japanese men survive over a year at sea in a badly damaged ship? The Three Sailors is an awe-inspiring story of resourcefulness, perseverance, faith, and the will to live.”
    Jill Burr, Librarian, Virginia Beach Public Library

“The Three Sailors took me to a time and places that were new to me. For its historical and geographical content alone made it a great read. I have told the author I am looking forward to the movie made from this book.”
    Dr. Jerome Schonfeld

“Dramatic! Suspenseful! Fascinating!  Educational!”
    Jana

LCDR Ed DeLong
This book is an excellent read about how a group of Japanese find themselves lost after a storm sinks their ship and how they try to return to their homeland in the period before Japan became an open country. The adventures are well told and interesting. Well worth reading.
Jerome Schonfeld
The Three Sailors took me to a time and places that were new to me. For its historical and geographical content alone made it a great read. I have told the author I am looking forward to the movie made from this book.
Kathryn Brownlow
“The Three Sailors is an adventure book that will keep you in suspense. The story of three young Japanese sailors who manage to survive the battering storms that nearly destroyed their boat and set them on a course far from home is a thrilling tale of courage and faith. Based on historical fact, the experiences of the young men are told in a heart-stirring fashion.”
Nancy Hardy
The Three Sailors kept my interest from beginning to end. The detailed descriptions of the settings, characters, their experiences, and emotions touch all the senses. The Gifted way that Midori Bamba writes makes me feel as though I am viewing a movie adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983501398
  • Publisher: Koehler Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Midori Bamba has published thirty articles in several magazines, books, and the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. She is a member of Virginia Beach Writers, Hampton Roads Writers, and James River Writers. A registered dental hygienist, she currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    John

    "Where do I begin my story?
    I was borne in a tiny seaside town, Onoura, Japan. My father was a very honest man..."

    This is an engaging opening paragraph and set the narrator's voice instantly. There is an intimacy and a connection created from the first sentence, the kind perfectly suited for a first person narrative. There is sometning innocent and authentic about this clean and unflashy opening, soothing readers will like and appreciate. The opening and the first chapter are engaging and set the voice of the piece well. The first chapter continues this throughtout and will hold insterest of the reader.

    Based on a true story, well reserched.
    I believe that this book will make a dramatic movie for all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    From Sayuri

    I thought I would never read a book written in English. But when I started reading "The Three Sailors", I felt happy as many names are so familiar-Iwa-san, Yuki, Genji...and soon I was drawn into this story. I smiled, learned a lot of historical and spiritual things, and at the end I cried. In Japan, English text boks are not interesting, but if "The Three Sailors" would have been used as an English textbook in Japan, I definitely would have loved English. Midori Bamba is a story teller. Many books made me sleepy after three pages, but I read this book up to eighty stright. Pages after pages---I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read her next book! I am also viewing a movie adventure.

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