Alone: The True Story of the Man Who Fought the Sharks, by Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux

By Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux

The extraordinary real tale of 1 man's heroic conflict opposed to most unlikely odds to go the immense Pacific.

This is the brilliant precise tale of 1 man’s heroic conflict opposed to most unlikely odds, a story of ache and affliction, bravery and utter solitude, a story that leads to a victory not just over the implacable ocean yet over himself to boot.

At the age of forty-five, Gerard d’Aboville got down to row around the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the us. Taking his rowboat the Sector, which had a residing compartment thirty-one inches excessive, containing a bunk, one-burner range, and a ham radio, d’Aboville made his means throughout an ocean 6,200 miles broad. although he rowed twelve hours an afternoon, battled cyclones and headwinds that stored him in a single position for days at a time, used to be capsized dozens of instances forty-foot waves that hit him like cannonballs, he by no means surrender; even if he was once trapped the other way up within his cabin for nearly hours whereas approximately depleting his oxygen attempting to correct the boat.

One hundred and thirty-four days after his departure, d’Aboville arrived within the little fishing village of Ilwaco, Washington, leaving his physique bruised and battered, and weighing thirty-seven kilos much less. this can be his story.

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Simple as shooting fish in a barrel! Seeing a ray of hope on the horizon, we got in contact with the local technician. Once we explained the nature of the problem, he acted as though he had just been struck with some form of local paralysis. The risk was just too great. The very notion that he might be held responsible for our project’s failure was more than he could bear. He bowed respectfully before the problem and vanished into the night. We now had no choice but to take the instrument to Tokyo, to the headquarters of the company that had made it.

I must also confess that, above and beyond any rational or logical considerations for my choice of Christopher as point man, it did occur to me more than once that if I had survived my many trips with him through the streets of Paris, aboard his mini-meteor, I also had to believe that it was destiny’s way of telling me I was meant to survive any future ordeal. Christopher and I made contact with Sector and set up an appointment at their offices in Lausanne, Switzerland. Our train left at dawn, and we set off for the station on a motorcycle in a driving rain.

I was sure that a simple show-and-tell would be far more eloquent and convincing than any words I could muster. I showed them the model, complete with tiny oars, and thought I had convinced them of the nature and validity of the project, when I realized from Mitsuru’s translation that at least one of these gentlemen had thought I was the builder of the model boat and was seeking authorization to sail it in the Choshi port. Adding to the confusion was an electronic device I showed them, which they took to be the radar command for the toy boat.

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