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Outstanding, but with a few points to add from my own point of view
on 26 August 2011
By all means read this book - above all, it's a fantastic adventure. However, it also makes you consider just who might be sharing your life raft whether you like it or not, as well as valuing the simpler things in life (drinking water for example) in a very powerful way.
Do NOT be tempted to look at the map of their travails on pages 8-9! I made this mistake and it made the story very predictable. Yes - I know they got rescued so that much is known, but I didn't want to know every other significant point in summary (as detailed on the map), until after I'd got to that point in the prose.
A final point that annoyed me personally is that Dougal Robertson was not shy of criticising (or praising) others in this account; especially the former on poor Robin, the unfortunate, only non-family member caught up in the disaster.
I know I cannot begin to imagine the hardships and emotional toll such an event caused, but I definitely felt sorry for Robin in his depiction, and got the impression that the tale was rather one-sided in Dougal's favouritism towards his family.
As a matter of further interest, this book inspired me to purchase "The Grab Bag" by the Howorths, for when I sail again in the future.
Both books being useful and very interesting.