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Rough water : stories of survival from the sea
Willis, Clint.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Balliett & Fitzgerald : Thunder's Mouth Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
viii, 354 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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G525 .R777 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
G525 .R777 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this anthology, editor Clint Willis gives readers some of the best sea stories of all time. Included are excerpts from R. H. Dana's classic Two Years Before the Mast, a shipwreck survivor's 74-day ordeal aboard an inflatable life raft, an eyewitness account of the Titanic disaster, a dramatic rescue at sea in a Force-12 storm, a solo circumnavigation of Antarctica, and a one-man cruise through the Roaring Forties. Rough Water delivers page after page of high adventure amid gales, swells,surges, shoals, icebergs, fog banks, sharks, and mutineers.

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School Library Journal Review

YA-A collection of excerpts from mostly real-life experiences that will leave even the most jaded armchair adventurers gasping for air and thoroughly waterlogged. Both titles depict humans at their most physically challenged in environments that they sought out but for which they were not necessarily completely prepared. High features Jon Krakauer, David Roberts, and Chris Bonington. An excerpt from Matt Dickinson's The Other Side of Everest is also included. A touching narrative is taken from Maria Coffey's Fragile Edge, in which the author recounts her visit to Tibet to find some closure over the death of her sweetheart, who disappeared from Everest's Northeast Ridge. Many of the writers in Rough Water describe such dire straits out on the open sea that one wonders how they ever survived to tell their tale. Memorable moments from maritime literature include a selection from F. A. Worsley's Shackleton's Boat Journey, in which the South Pole explorer and his men rowed 14 days across 800 miles of some of the earth's most treacherous seas in a small boat. Another classic excerpt depicting a heartless captain is taken from Richard Henry Dana, Jr.'s Two Years before the Mast. Readers who still have not gotten enough of the Titanic stories will be intrigued by yet another viewpoint from The Loss of the S. S. Titanic. And there's more. Bibliographies lead readers to the rest of the stories.-Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.