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The perfect book to read while solidifying in subzero weather is The Raft by Robert Trumbull And one look at the cover will suggest that another bite of that fat laden steak is well worthwhile Trumbull retells the story of 3 aviators whose plane went down in the Pacific They had a rubber raft and little else because the plane sank so quickly They were adrift for 34 days and traveled over 1,000 miles The raft was about four by eight feet It was so small that no one could stretch out Imagi The perfect book to read while solidifying in subzero weather is The Raft by Robert Trumbull And one look at the cover will suggest that another bite of that fat laden steak is well worthwhile Trumbull retells the story of 3 aviators whose plane went down in the Pacific They had a rubber raft and little else because the plane sank so quickly They were adrift for 34 days and traveled over 1,000 miles The raft was about four by eight feet It was so small that no one could stretch out Imagine doubling up on a tiny mattress, with the strongest man you know striking the underside as hard as he could with a baseball bat, twice every three seconds, while someone else hurls buckets of cold salt water in your face The raft also had a nasty tendency to overturn when waves got a little high, or the occupants moved incorrectly Their clothes were often wet from spray They were very hot during the day and cold at night They had no food, and, after the several flips of the raft, only a penknife and themselves for company It s always amazing how resourceful people can be under trying circumstances Harold Dixon, who had the most navigational experience, managed to calculate about where they were and where they needed to go,or less, and then figured small ways to steer the craft to go in that particular direction Squalls were viewed as a mixed blessing Rain was their only source of drinking water which they gathered by wringing out their clothes But squalls brought wind and waves which might turn them over.Finally, after being tossed by the winds of a passing hurricane they sighted an island toward which they frantically paddled, The natives were astonished to see them for they managed to float through the surf of a coral reef that the natives considered impenetrable in their canoes They were slowly nursed back to health and then eventually rescued Every once and a while one finds things that prove to be a real treasure I rarely browse this one used book store close by with the hopes of a worthwhile find This place is a hodgepodge of battered paper backs strewn on overstuffed shelves and collapsing piles, but I have by luck found several unforgettable reads in the past This one kind of stood out, it was old and yellowed with that musty dry smell of old newspapers, but in pristine condition In fact I doubt it had ever been read The pri Every once and a while one finds things that prove to be a real treasure I rarely browse this one used book store close by with the hopes of a worthwhile find This place is a hodgepodge of battered paper backs strewn on overstuffed shelves and collapsing piles, but I have by luck found several unforgettable reads in the past This one kind of stood out, it was old and yellowed with that musty dry smell of old newspapers, but in pristine condition In fact I doubt it had ever been read The price on the cover was 60 cents, early 1960 s, but the cover art and the title drew me right to it I love these type stories, man against nature and hardship I am always humbled by the sheer power of man s will to survive and ability to endure and overcome the most unforgiving situations and occurrences Just when you think it can t get any worse it does, and even then it gets much darker I add this little story to my list of some of the best true life sea survival stories I have read Just imagine yourself and two others adrift in a 4x8 outside dimension rubber raft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with no food, no water, one small pocket knife, and very little else Would you be scared, would you be pessimistic, would you be amiable to your fellows, would you crack as the thirst dried you up from the inside and your body steadily devoured itself The sun baking you black as your clothes rotted off your body exposing every inch of you to the blazing equatorial heat Such is the power held in this true tale of survival A very good read, indeed I found this book as I was cleaning out a bookcase in my parents home Mom belonged to the Book of the Month Club during the WW II years, and this 1942 copy still has the review and synopsis by the Club News inside It is the true story of three US navy men who took off from a carrier on a bombing mission, ran out of gas, and had to ditch in the ocean somewhere in the South Seas They, unfortunately, end up in a small rubber raft with no food or water and little else, floundering and supportin I found this book as I was cleaning out a bookcase in my parents home Mom belonged to the Book of the Month Club during the WW II years, and this 1942 copy still has the review and synopsis by the Club News inside It is the true story of three US navy men who took off from a carrier on a bombing mission, ran out of gas, and had to ditch in the ocean somewhere in the South Seas They, unfortunately, end up in a small rubber raft with no food or water and little else, floundering and supporting each other for 34 long and painful days This is an adventure story that couldn t be invented, and one that will leave you amazed at the steadfastness of the human spirit I found out about this story when I went to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola where there was a display replica of the raft This is an amazing, fast moving story about three airmen who lose their plane in the South Pacific and survive at sea for over a month I m always intrigued by survival stories What makes a survivor If I were in a similar situation, would I survive Why don t people give up I mean, I m sure that happens, you just don t get to read the story But do you I found out about this story when I went to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola where there was a display replica of the raft This is an amazing, fast moving story about three airmen who lose their plane in the South Pacific and survive at sea for over a month I m always intrigued by survival stories What makes a survivor If I were in a similar situation, would I survive Why don t people give up I mean, I m sure that happens, you just don t get to read the story But do you KNOW when to throw in the towel and shuck off the mortal coil Fascinating tale full of details and human grit Well worth the read The true story of 3 Navy men who survive 34 days in the Pacific with no food. A true story about three men staying alive in a small sized raft After the plane carrying them crashed at the pacific ocean It is surprising to know how much human can withstand pain and hardship just to stay alive. |Kindle ♍ The Raft ♉ A gripping account of three naval airmen adrift in the Pacific fordays A true, no nonsense, first person account of three American soldiers survival on a raft in the Pacific with zero emergency supplies during WWII It reminded me quite a bit of Redford s All Is Lost just when you think it can t get any worse, it does Six days without water Two hurricanes Sharks One of thelight hearted moments was when Dixon punched a shark in the face.We ate perhaps two thirds of the meat at this one sitting None of us had a mind to deny ourselves a good bellyful Th A true, no nonsense, first person account of three American soldiers survival on a raft in the Pacific with zero emergency supplies during WWII It reminded me quite a bit of Redford s All Is Lost just when you think it can t get any worse, it does Six days without water Two hurricanes Sharks One of thelight hearted moments was when Dixon punched a shark in the face.We ate perhaps two thirds of the meat at this one sitting None of us had a mind to deny ourselves a good bellyful The meat was tough, and had a peculiar flavor, sort of an ammonia taste It was not at all pleasant or palatable It tasted like well, like shark, if you ve ever imagined how a shark would taste I would not care for shark meat as a steady diet.After 34 days at sea they miraculously land on Pukapuka in the Cook Islands, at which point their main fear becomes whether or not the island is Japanese occupied meaning they would be tortured for information then killed The sum of their possessions upon landing the 4 x8 rubber raft, two wallets, a police whistle, and the sole of one shoe Not even a scrap of clothing on their backs.I thought of the sea, but not as an enemy I was unable to personalize so vast a thing The sea was everything it was all it was as big as as GodIn 2015 this story was made into a movie called Against The Sun costarring Tom Felton Draco Malfoy as one of the soldiers muggles Wikipedia lists a total box office revenue of 4,646 as of 2019 Guess we prefer superheroes. After seeing the movie Against the Sun based on this story, I was intrigued and decided to track down the real story I thought, surely the movie embellished most of the scenes in the film surely most of it was fictionalized It s an excellent movie, by the way I highly recommend it Come to find out, the movie was pretty accurate with the exception of a few things.Survival endurance and WWII stories are my favorites, and this one is an absolutely incredible story I really enjoyed the s After seeing the movie Against the Sun based on this story, I was intrigued and decided to track down the real story I thought, surely the movie embellished most of the scenes in the film surely most of it was fictionalized It s an excellent movie, by the way I highly recommend it Come to find out, the movie was pretty accurate with the exception of a few things.Survival endurance and WWII stories are my favorites, and this one is an absolutely incredible story I really enjoyed the style of writing and the way the author described the sea Just hearing what the men went through and how they were able to go as long as they did was amazing Plenty of readers have already rehashed the details of the story, and I don t want to spoil anything I ll just leave it at this I highly recommend this read if you can find a copy of the book Three Navy men go down in a plane in the Pacific It is near the beginning of WWII They survive 34 days in a raft and lived to tell their remarkable tale This book except forward and afterward was written while the war still raged on so the men weren t allowed to talk about exactly where they went This is an Audible Kid s production, which I didn t realize when I bought this It s an excellent book, except it seems like glossed over war propaganda and therefore I gave it 4 stars It would b Three Navy men go down in a plane in the Pacific It is near the beginning of WWII They survive 34 days in a raft and lived to tell their remarkable tale This book except forward and afterward was written while the war still raged on so the men weren t allowed to talk about exactly where they went This is an Audible Kid s production, which I didn t realize when I bought this It s an excellent book, except it seems like glossed over war propaganda and therefore I gave it 4 stars It would be great for kids learning about WWII, maybe fourth grade and above because it doesn t contain the strong language that these men may have spoken I listened to this as part of my Summer Reading Around the World and I ve got just onebook to go