Alone by Gerard d'Aboville

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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 forty-foot 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.


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Gérard d'Aboville is the first man to row across two oceans solo: the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. He crossed the Atlantic in 1980, traveling from Cape Cod to Brittany. At the age of forty-five, he spent one hundred and thirty-four days at sea in order to cross the Pacific, traveling from Japan to Washington State. He currently lives in Paris. Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). In 1981, he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast. He currently resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Published September 1, 2011 by Arcade Publishing. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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D'Aboville, who rowed across the Atlantic in 1980, proves that the age of adventure is still upon us--as he now rows across the Pacific in a 26-foot craft, ``alone, alone, alone.'' Skip the first third of the text, which is filler: d'Aboville deciding on his mission, rounding up sponsors, w...

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His parents insisted that the local priest--a "faith commando," as d'Aboville puts it--bless the boat with holy water, but d'Aboville himself put more faith in the sophisticated design and construction of his craft, the high-tech communications equipment he carried and, above all, his own conside...

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