[ BOOKS ] ✸ 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea Author Jonathan Franklin – Submitalink.info

[ BOOKS ] ✸ 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea Author Jonathan Franklin – Submitalink.info I am a sucker for survival stories, especially those set at sea Have no idea why Perhaps it s for the visceral, vicarious thrill of experiencing these terrifying events unfold from the safety and comfort of my reading chair Which probably makes me an asshole, but let s be clear it s not the SUFFERING I get off on, but the grittiness and ingenuity required of the survivors to live through the ordeal so that we can all learn from it in some profound way there is a part of me that uses these I am a sucker for survival stories, especially those set at sea Have no idea why Perhaps it s for the visceral, vicarious thrill of experiencing these terrifying events unfold from the safety and comfort of my reading chair Which probably makes me an asshole, but let s be clear it s not the SUFFERING I get off on, but the grittiness and ingenuity required of the survivors to live through the ordeal so that we can all learn from it in some profound way there is a part of me that uses these stories as self help manuals what to do when stranded on an island, in the desert, in the Andes, in the Pacific ocean, on Mars waves to Mark Watney yes I know he s a fictional character but you get my point.To call Salvador Alvarenga s true survival story of 438 days adrift at sea extraordinary just might be the understatement of the century His tale is the very epitome of extraordinary and then some Can we just invent a new word please So okay, extraordinary, but also terrifying and amazing and shocking and unbelievable How can it be humanly possible for a person to survive so long adrift at sea with few supplies What will this person eat Where will they get their drinking water to stave off death from dehydration Supposing food and water challenges are addressed, how does a person go about developing a mental toughness, a spiritual and emotional resiliency to go on in the face of insurmountable odds, immeasurable aching loneliness, crippling boredom and sensory deprivation Jonathan Franklin does a great job here fleshing out Alvarenga s story with as much specific detail as possible pertaining to the 438 days, but also balances this side of the story with accounts from other people who have survived long periods at sea highlighting similarities and differences He also quotes from scientists and psychologists who have studied survival and the mental, emotional and physical changes humans undergo in extreme survival situations This helps put Alvarenga s experience into a larger,meaningful context If you do the audiobook thing, the reader for this one is excellent His voice kept me immersed in the details and drama with very little opportunity for my mind to lose focus and wander This is a gripping tale of extreme human survival that left me exhausted, humbled, and inspired A before and after of Alvarenga and his first haircut and shave FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT DAYS That s how long Jos Salvador Alvarenga was stranded at sea Without a working motor or even any oars, he found himself adrift in his small boat, fighting for his life and sanity as the ocean s currents carried him, mostly at a snail s pace, over 6000 miles across the Pacific Ocean As the author points out, that s almost the equivalent of a baby crawling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, except for the baby could probably do it faster Starting out I was a bit wo FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT DAYS That s how long Jos Salvador Alvarenga was stranded at sea Without a working motor or even any oars, he found himself adrift in his small boat, fighting for his life and sanity as the ocean s currents carried him, mostly at a snail s pace, over 6000 miles across the Pacific Ocean As the author points out, that s almost the equivalent of a baby crawling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, except for the baby could probably do it faster Starting out I was a bit worried at first because the earliest chapters seemed a bit dull, and the story wasn t moving fast enough to suit me But my fear was unfounded, as the author shortly proved himself a capable storyteller, and it turned into a very good story about a man that I think most people won t be able to help but like and whose resilience you have to admire This is one you really can t go wrong with IMO I think every bookworm will probably wanna check this out What a remarkable story I ve heard about people being found after days and even weeks at sea but never have I heard the story of Jos Salvador Alvarenga, a man who was adrift in the ocean for 438 days Where was this news story Where was I Initially, 438 Days An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea was to serve as a filler book for me between library holds I didn t even intend to finish it But once I started, I was glued and let s just say that my TBR list was quickly put on paus What a remarkable story I ve heard about people being found after days and even weeks at sea but never have I heard the story of Jos Salvador Alvarenga, a man who was adrift in the ocean for 438 days Where was this news story Where was I Initially, 438 Days An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea was to serve as a filler book for me between library holds I didn t even intend to finish it But once I started, I was glued and let s just say that my TBR list was quickly put on pause I was so astounded by the creativity that comes with the act of survival The things Alvarenga did and ate and used and thought in order to stay alive The intrinsic desire to live really is something special and Alvarenga wants his story to encourage others to never give upnot only when they are physically stranded in a seemingly hopeless situation but also when they are struggling emotionally as wellAlvarenga questioned if his journey was a life lesson by God By all reasonable standards, he should have been dead long ago Was he being allowed to live for a reason The only answer Alvarenga could articulate was that he had been chosen to bring messages of hope to those considering suicide He began to recite the lessons aloud Don t think about death, if you think you are going to die, you will die Everything will work out don t give up hope, remain calm It was the very mantra he had unsuccessfully attempted to impart to C rdoba Now he was using it as a guide for his own psychological survival What could be worse than being alone at sea That s what I could tell someone thinking about suicide What further suffering could there be than this438 Days An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea is a well documented nonfiction account told by investigative journalist Jonathan Franklin after he interviewed Alvarenga and several collateral sources If you enjoy true stories of survival, this is a great one It appeals to all the senses and emotions I highly recommend it My favorite quoteSurvival is not a passive activity, it s an active pursuit If you don t work at it, you are screwed I have a pet theory that one of the most dangerous things you can do in life is minimize all risks You fall on your face, nothing happens, and so when something big happens, you re totally unprepared, you have no tool kit Well, how interesting can a book about a bloke in a boat be The answer is very interesting, riveting even 438 Days An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea is exactly that, riveting Salvador Alvarenga spent a record 438 days lost at sea, drifting westwards across the pacific, totally exposed in a small fishing vessel relying on his own resourcefulness to survive Alvarenga tells his story to journalist Jonathan Franklin over dozens of interviews, sure the story is good, but it s the Well, how interesting can a book about a bloke in a boat be The answer is very interesting, riveting even 438 Days An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea is exactly that, riveting Salvador Alvarenga spent a record 438 days lost at sea, drifting westwards across the pacific, totally exposed in a small fishing vessel relying on his own resourcefulness to survive Alvarenga tells his story to journalist Jonathan Franklin over dozens of interviews, sure the story is good, but it s the writing that totally captures the reader from page one It is so well told.I found so much of this story remarkable and surprising For example, the amount of rubbish flotsam that is floating around in the middle of the ocean is not only vast, it is shameful The number of turtles and birds around also surprised me, apparently turtles swim 12,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to China each year I don t know about you, but I reckon that s amazing Also, birds often used the boat as a resting place, much to their peril, during their massive journeys across the globe.It s also interesting to learn that people who have a purpose tend to fare better in situations like this, and this is the reason why people like doctors and nurses have quite a high survival rate in concentration camps, they have jobs which give meaning to their existence Franklin used experts to sprinkle this book with their expertise, the reader will learn a great deal about how humans survive or don t survive in extreme situations.One important point that stayed with me is the fact people don t remain the same after an ordeal, you can never go back to what you were before Whether it be a situation like this or a severe illness, living through a survival situation is life changing You don t bounce back as people might expect.I didn t think I d like this book, so it was a surprise I found this to be a real page turner full credit to the Author and Alvarenga for sharing this remarkable story with us.4 Stars 438 Days Is The Miraculous Account Of The Man Who Survived Alone And Adrift At Sea Longer Than Anyone In Recorded History As Told To Journalist Jonathan Franklin In Dozens Of Exclusive Interviews.On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga Left The Coast Of Mexico For A Two Day Fishing Trip A Vicious Storm Killed His Engine And The Current Dragged His Boat Out To Sea The Storm Picked Up And Blasted Him West When He Washed Ashore On January 29, 2014, He Had Arrived In The Marshall Islands, 9,000 Miles Away Equivalent To Traveling From New York To Moscow Round Trip.For Fourteen Months, Alvarenga Survived Constant Shark Attacks He Learned To Catch Fish With His Bare Hands He Built A Fish Net From A Pair Of Empty Plastic Bottles Taking Apart The Outboard Motor, He Fashioned A Huge Fishhook Using Fish Vertebrae As Needles, He Stitched Together His Own Clothes.He Considered Suicide On Multiple Occasions Including Offering Himself Up To A Pack Of Sharks But Alvarenga Never Failed To Invent An Alternative Reality He Imagined A Method Of Survival That Kept His Body And Mind Intact Long Enough For The Pacific Ocean To Toss Him Up On A Remote Palm Studded Island, Where He Was Saved By A Local Couple Living Alone In Their Own Pacific Island Paradise.Based On Dozens Of Hours Of Interviews With Alvarenga And Interviews With His Colleagues, Search And Rescue Officials, The Medical Team That Saved His Life And The Remote Islanders Who Nursed Him Back To Health, This Is An Epic Tale Of Survival, An All True Version Of The Fictional Life Of Pi With Illustrations, Maps, And Photographs Throughout, 438 Days Is A Study Of The Resilience, Will, Ingenuity, And Determination Required For One Man To Survive Fourteen Months, Lost At Sea. The true story of 438 days in the Pacific Ocean in a small dingy.Both Salvador Alvarenga, experienced fisherman, and Ezequiel Cordoba, twenty two year old apprentice, left Costa Azul, Mexico to do a days fishing Many would not go out that day due to a coming storm, but Alvarenga knew he could make it out and back before the worst of the storm hit That was not to be They drifted across the Pacific Ocean, surviving by eating raw turtles and birds One man died of extreme hunger from his lack The true story of 438 days in the Pacific Ocean in a small dingy.Both Salvador Alvarenga, experienced fisherman, and Ezequiel Cordoba, twenty two year old apprentice, left Costa Azul, Mexico to do a days fishing Many would not go out that day due to a coming storm, but Alvarenga knew he could make it out and back before the worst of the storm hit That was not to be They drifted across the Pacific Ocean, surviving by eating raw turtles and birds One man died of extreme hunger from his lack of will to live The other floated in the Pacific Ocean for over 14 months This book details the trauma that Alvarenga went through to feed himself, remain semi healthy and maintain his sanity, during his 6,000 miles of drifting from Mexico to the Marshall Islands His determination and will to live, his inventive ways to survive and his promise to Cordoba, kept him alive This all transpired in 2013 hard to believe, but factual I received an advance copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I not only appreciate the incredible story told, a story that has much to tell anyone who has ever felt themselves facing seemingly insurmountable odds which is pretty much everyone , but also the tremendous research which creates the basis for the tale, and the heartfelt sympathy and respect that Mr Franklin gave to Salvador Alvarenga, our protagonist This story is a feast for the mind as well as the I received an advance copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I not only appreciate the incredible story told, a story that has much to tell anyone who has ever felt themselves facing seemingly insurmountable odds which is pretty much everyone , but also the tremendous research which creates the basis for the tale, and the heartfelt sympathy and respect that Mr Franklin gave to Salvador Alvarenga, our protagonist This story is a feast for the mind as well as the heart.I would place Mr Franklin s book on the same shelf as such classics as Alive and Into Thin Air I found it particularly interesting to have read this book right after finishing The Martian While I loved The Martian, it paled in comparison mainly because it was fiction to the real story It is an apt analogy on some levels, yet Alvarenga s suffering was muchprofound than that of the fictional astronaut and his isolation was no less extreme.Franklin s deep research provides tremendous insight into the incredible journey into the true immensity and isolation of the Pacific Ocean, the daily requirements and suffering of being a castaway forthan a year, as well as the physical and evenilluminating, at least to me, the psychological toll that it took on Alvarenga, a man who probably was the one in a million who could have survived this ordeal.Another unexpected and appreciated surprise for me was that Franklin did not end the story with the rescue, as most authors do He stayed with Alvarenga as he attempted to readjust to society, both physically and mentally This is the rest of the story that we are usually not given I also appreciated Mr Franklin s deep sympathy and respect for Mr Alvarenga, which gave the story an emotional impact that is often missing in nonfiction I can t imagine a novel exploring the emotional and physical suffering of its hero any deeper than this fine book.5 stars Highest recommendation Awesome Highly recommend Would like to have seen and smelled his boat near the end of his journey The plastic at sea Sensed his vitality. This review was done by KissinBlueKaren This biography was amazing It is the type of non fiction that makes me feel good about being alive In 438 Days An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea, we meet a man named Salvador Alvarenga and see his unbelievable will to live against all odds Somehow, I never heard about this man I can t believe this happened in my lifetime and I missed the news about itSalvador Alvarenga survived 438 days adrift in a small fishing boatHe had no fo This review was done by KissinBlueKaren This biography was amazing It is the type of non fiction that makes me feel good about being alive In 438 Days An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea, we meet a man named Salvador Alvarenga and see his unbelievable will to live against all odds Somehow, I never heard about this man I can t believe this happened in my lifetime and I missed the news about itSalvador Alvarenga survived 438 days adrift in a small fishing boatHe had no food, no water, no hope for so, so long That is longer than anyone in recorded history has survived at sea, EVER He went into the ocean November 17, 2012 and came out January 29, 2014 His story of survival is amazing He became a national celebrity the minute people figured out how long he was out there His journey almost pales in comparison to his fight to get back to normal after the trauma of his ordeal.Admittedly, this book starts off with a rough index of readability It is written by a investigative journalist who spent almost a year with Alvarenga and his family Salvador Alvarenga is not an educated man or well spoken He is not a grand storyteller, but this was such a grand story What the author did for Alvarenga s story, and the thing that made this storyamazing, is to add in professional and personal interview snippets He cited experts in Oceanography, Research of Ocean and Earth Science, Applied Physiology, and Climatology, to name a few He also interviewed the people at home that suspected him dead and the few that held on to hope Between Alvarenga s memories and the experts collaboration of what it might have been like, the author was able to make this educating and entertaining In that order The order of the story makes sense, I wouldn t change a thing about this book.I really enjoyed this book Alvarenga comes across as a very humble hero His story is so incredible I spent lots of time trying to imagine what I would do to survive The most compelling evidence of Alvarenga s resolve is that his crew mate died after the first 4 weeks Surviving 4 weeks at sea is no small feat, but Salvador Alvarenga lost the only human company he had and then went on to live another 13 months alone It is hard to really comprehend what he went through.The other thing about this book that really won me over, was that we actually got to see Alvarenga s struggle when he did come home People didn t believe him at first The author did a great job of explaining what it was like for him to re enter society He landed on an island where no one spoke his language He was unable to explain his appearance or how long he had been gone He was in complete survival mode and expected his rescuers to try to eat him He was hounded by the press and was too weak to even speak a few words, much less give an interview His journey back into society took almost as long as his sea journey I feel so privileged to have read it His story gives me hope for the resilience of the human spirit His life is something for the record books Salvador Alvarenga s story is one that must be told There are stories of survival and then there is this story of simply refusing to die Salvador Alvarenga will forever be the man to tough for the sun to fry and for tough circumstances to thwart.438 days at sea 118 days with a companion Are you kidding me How many could survive that isolation on land with a healthy stock of food and water Now let s trade your water for urine and your food for raw fish and birds Let s see how long you manage to survive.Not only is this story gut wrenching, f There are stories of survival and then there is this story of simply refusing to die Salvador Alvarenga will forever be the man to tough for the sun to fry and for tough circumstances to thwart.438 days at sea 118 days with a companion Are you kidding me How many could survive that isolation on land with a healthy stock of food and water Now let s trade your water for urine and your food for raw fish and birds Let s see how long you manage to survive.Not only is this story gut wrenching, filled with anticipation, excitement, it is mind blowing This is the factual Papillion A modern day Shackleton There is no question that this is one of the most epic stories of survival that has ever graced the news.I love a book that leaves me shaking, feeling what the characters felt, and sensing the mental battles that all had to endure Most of all, I love the books that make profound changes upon my mental composition This book left me confessing that I would never again turn away from a hungry hand nor complain about my own personal sufferings I am ever so thankful Jonathan Franklin was able to spend time with Salvador Alvarenga to convey a properly detailed and respected story Let me leave you with Salvador Alvarenga s own reason for this book as written by Mr Franklin I suffered so much and for so long Maybe if people read this they will realize that if I can make it, they can make it Many people suffer only because of what happens in their head I was also physically being tortured I had no food No water If I can make it so can you If one depressed person avoids committing suicide then the book is a success Be strong Think positive If you start to think to the contrary, you are headed to failure Your mind has to be relaxed as you think about survival Don t think about death If you think you are going to die, you will die You have to survive and think about the future of your life, that life is beautiful How can you imagine taking your own life There are challenges and punishment in life but you have to fight A most excellent author s note as well Finally, another thanks to Salvador Alvarenga May we all show such grace, humor and humanity when life drives us to the edge of sanity He is a wonderful teacher and a man who drives better at sea than on land

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