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Board his ship at all Understandably he was not treated well as a Chinese crewman but one would think he d have some thoughts about the other stewards aboard the ship Certainly no SENSE OF SURVIVOR GUILT SEEPS THROUGH of survivor guilt seeps through storyPoon Lim holds the dubious world record of longest survival at sea a record I m certain no one wants to attempt to break He seems to have lived well after the war and to have looked back on his ordeal as the great event of his life rather than as the torture it must have been at the time This is pretty much a what ou see is what Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you get sort of book Expecting a harrowing tale of survival at sea Wellou got it Particularly well drawn is the portrait of Poon Lim the survivor it Particularly well drawn is the portrait of Poon Lim the survivor uestion who during his 133 day ordeal is transformed from a passive and almost dimwitted lackey into a fairly resourceful strong willed person During the first half of the book in fact I was so irritated by Lim s fecklessness and stupidity that I nearly gave up on the story but I knew that something had to happen in order for him to survive The author did a good job of getting into Lim s head to show how this transformation came about I d wondered how she did this head to show how this transformation came about I d wondered how she did this the postscript detailing her research methods made it clear that she d had the chance to interview Lim himself Woven into the tale of survival at sea are fragments of Lim s earlier life particularly interactions with his parents which he was able to draw inspiration from in order to deal with challenges he met Lim s eventual inventiveness and the solutions he finds to find adeuate food water and shelter are approached in an interesting way the reader discovers the solutions along with Lim and thus vicariously shares each small victory There s a surprisingly lyrical uality to some of the sections particularly toward the end when Lim finds an odd sort of peace that he d never known beforeI probably should have read rather than listened to this book as I wasn t very fond of the narrator In this case I really would have preferred a male narrator Johanna Ward while a very clear voiced narrator had a peculiarly schoolmarmish diction that just didn t jive with the tale I grew weary of her over enunciated k s and t s fine I suppose if one s doing Gilbert and Sullivan operetta but completely unnecessary here Passages in which the author describes fairly gruesome things such as drinking urine seemed particularly out of sync with the voice of the narrator. Ecords A classic saga of ordeal and survival that reminds us of the courage strength and resourceful intelligence of which human beings are capable Tillie Olsen author of Tell Me a Riddl. Cific Ocean It is a gripping tale well told in the simple honest terms of a Chinese peasant who signed on as a steward aboard this in the simple honest terms of a Chinese peasant who signed on as a steward aboard this vesselLast night I read over half of the book tonight I will finish it so bear with me Loved this story Sole Survivor the story of Poon Lim who was castawayed after his freighter was attacked by a German sub 133 days at sea Great story Didn t finish I ve read a couple of these adrift books such as the man that lasted over 2 Lippenbekenntnisse years stranded in the ocean In this book covering 133 days adrift I never connected with Poon Lim and I felt the author could have done to really make the story come alive for the reader Some of the reasons for these limitations are listed at the end Solid book I wanted to read this one for a while and don t regret having finally done so The book left me with one nagging uestion though What happened to the other survivors Poon Lim said he saw a handful of other survivors on a raft around the time that he got on his raft He even wonders what happened to those other survivors during his ordeal at times At the end of the book we get to read the submarine s log and that log mentions TEN survivors getting on a raft So what happened to these men I would ve liked some explanation or at the very least the acknowledgement that nothing is known of their faith One of the most obscure stories from the second world warou re likely to stumble across this book relates a Chinese steward s survival for 133 days in the Atlantic Ocean after his merchant ship was sunk by a u boat the was sunk by a U boat The does a credible job of breaking up the monotony of the man s experiences on the raft with tales from his childhood and his wartime service aboard merchant ships but still survival non fiction only has so many places to go and when Chasing McCree Chasing McCree you re stuck on a raft with this guy the selection of material is pretty thinThe story is readable and it s short It does not have the extended agony of Unbroken for example where the survivors endured so long in a lifeboat only to be captured by the Japanese Ifou re looking for something different in survival stories during the war this might be for Impossible Things you and it has the virtue of featuring the culture of a Chinese man and how he approached survival perhaps differently than an American or Brit would haveOne aspect I did note is that he seemed to have little to no sense of having lost valuable shipmates or any concerns over the fate of the others on. Eeears of interviews with Poon and his family reconstructs his remarkable ordeal and the survival techniues that earned him world celebrity and a listing in the Guiness Book of World I read this book as a kid and remembered to list it because its protagonist Poon Lim was referenced in Life of Pi Although neither the writing nor the subject matter seemed particularly noteworthy at the time nonetheless after the better part of twenty ears I feel like I could almost rewrite this book from memory I WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE NO UALMS RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK TO certainly have no ualms recommending this book to adult but I especially consider it an excellent choice for ounger reluctant readers inclined to shy away from the reading list Actually read a different version of this put out by scholasticHated it But a different version of this put out by scholasticHated it But still remember parts of it uite vividlyI think it had something to do with the fact that I was used to sanitized adventure novels This one talks all about him eating his own poop and drinking his own piss and cutting off pieces of himself to eat because he s so dang hungryI remember it as being a pretty dull read despite those bits That s toward the end Mostly he s got nothing to do but drift Doesn t have anyone to talk to I also ended the book wondering if we were Actually Getting The True getting the true of events I wasn t sure I trusted him as reliable source material This book is a pretty well written account of an amazing ordeal what it lacks in literary complexity it makes up in the fact that it was a real story You can really imagine Wachten op Apollo yourself being stranded and alone in the middle of the sea while reading this Towards the beginning it is a bit hard to read becauseou want to scream at Lin for all the mistakes he makes but he gets smarter and Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) you really feel a sense of pride when things go right When things go wrong thoughou really feel sad and angry Overall this book was a good book but not for everyone if Callisthnie - La musculation globale you thinkou would like a survival story with some interesting racial undertones then this is the book for ou Friends of mine who had read my books were kind enough to loan me this little paperback book from a dubious publisher in San Francisco As soon as I started reading this I realized what people mean when they say that they could not put the book downThis guy Poon Lim can barely speak English he is thrown into the sea after his ship has been torpedoed and it sinks so fast he is sucked down to unknown depths before he pops to the surface like a cork He is the only survivor of this act of war The guy stumbles on a life raft just ahead of the sharks and proceeds to stay alive and sane for 133 days on the surface of the Pa. When German U boats sank the British Ben Lomond in 1942 its sole survivor was a second steward Poon Lim who managed to stay alive for 133 days on a wooden raft Sole Survivor based on thr. Sole Survivor A Story of Record Endurance at Sea

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