Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls is an unforgettable exploration of a subject of perennial fascination.
©1988 Edward E. Leslie; (P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The ultimate book of ordeals....Fascinating, entertaining, and horrifying. I heartily recommend it." (Paul Theroux)
I believe this was written in 1988 but the tone and style seems more like an 1800's text book. It contains quite a bit of information, but I didn't find it at all "Fascinating, entertaining, and horrifying" as the review by Paul Theroux states. Nor can "I heartily recommend it". If you're interested in a study of the psychology and history of marooned people, go for it, if you're looking for facinatition and entertainment, pass on this one.
I'm a big fan of survivor stories such as those on the Discovery channel, so I thought this book would be enthralling. However, I found it hard to get into and hard to follow (possibly because my mind kept wandering), at least for the first third of the book. If you're looking for entertaining survivor stories and you want to give this one a try, I'd skip part 1 and start with part 2. Even then, it's still a little dry.
Other survivor stories I'd recommend include Life of Pi (fiction) and Over the Edge (non-fiction).
I thought that this book would be more short stories but it really is more of a reference book. The information is interesting but definitely not put in story form.
I didn't enjoy this book but if you are someone who enjoys just the facts this book would be for you. The information is robust and well researched.
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