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Saturday, August 6, 2011

ALONE: Orphaned on the Ocean, Richard D. Logan and Tere Duperrault Fassbender

I first heard about this book on another book blogger's blog. The idea intrigued me. When Tere Duperrault was eleven years old she went on a dream sailing vacation with her parents, older brother, and younger sister. After a week of sailing the captain of the ship was drawn from the waters, apparently the sole survivor of a tragic accident. A few days later, while the captain was giving his testimony about the accident to the Coast Guard investigators, someone rushed in with the news that Tere had just been rescued.

Tere had nearly died, after three nights and four days in the burning sun and frigid nights, without food or water. She spent several days in a coma after being rescued. When she did revive, the story she told differed significantly from the story the captain had told.

This is a true tale of survival against seemingly insurmountable odds. This is a true tale of the difference between appearances and reality. It was a quick read; I consumed it in 24 hours. I think this book would appeal to those who are interested in survival and true crime.

1 comment:

  1. I know this was a true story, but did you ever read the fictional book Island of the Blue Dolphins? It's a kids book and I read it many years ago about a girl stranded basically alone on an island. That book really stuck with me.