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

    ISBN-10: 1611451124
    ISBN-13: 9781611451122
    Author(s): Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux
    Description: 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  More...
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    Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 176
    Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.616
    Language: English

    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 fortyfoot 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.

    Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at the University of Singapore. Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society. His title Lower River made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Prologue
    With a Big Roll of Dreams under My Arm
    "Good Luck"
    Ahead of Me, an Enormous Void
    "Rowboat Calling Okera"
    With My Head in the Stars
    And If All This Were Really Pointless
    Survival
    Typhoons
    Indelibly Inscribed
    Do You See the Coastline?
    The "Heavenly Bum"
    One Second Longer

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