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Jonathan Franklin regularly reports for the Guardian. He also works with the team at Retro Report, producing documentaries broadcast by The New York Times. Franklin's previous book 33 Men, the exclusive account of Chilean miners trapped underground, became a national bestseller and was translated mostrar mais into nineteen languages. Learn more at JonathanFranklin.com and @FranklinBlog. mostrar menos

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A very good piece of investigative journalism, Cabin Fever follows the highs and lows of Holland America's Zaandam cruise ship during the early days of the pandemic. What a nightmare! We get accounts of passengers (domestic and foreign) and crew members. The cruise slowly becomes a floating prison as port after port refuses to allow the boat to dock or let passengers disembark. The story is well told and well researched. It's not quite as gripping as one might hope as we all have a lot of hindsight on the pandemic at this point, but it's an important historical record. Hopefully we do better next time.… (mais)
Anita_Pomerantz | outras 5 resenhas | Mar 23, 2023 |
The Holland America cruise liner the Zaandam set forth from Buenos Aires with 1200 passengers and 600 crew on March 8, 2020. The coronavirus was already underway. Some of those aboard had tried to cancel their trips, but Holland America had refused refunds, saying that it had implemented protective health measures. Other passengers had decided to take their chances on what was the trip of a lifetime.

Unfortunately it wasn't long before many passengers and crew members were deathly ill with what was designated ILI (influenza-like illness) and the Zaandam was running out of medical supplies, including oxygen and PPE. The cruise liner was being refused entry at every port along the Pacific coasts of South and Central America.

Through a cross-section of passengers and crew members this excellent narrative nonfiction book documents the horrific experience of the cruise. The book reads like a novel about what was most definitely a nightmare experience.

3 1/2 stars
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arubabookwoman | outras 5 resenhas | Dec 10, 2022 |
“A mutual survival instinct overcame fatigue. With the morning sun, they could see the waves approaching, rising high above them and then splitting open. Each man would brace and lean against a side of the open-hulled boat. Depending from which direction a big wave appeared, the men would jump to the opposite rail in an attempt to counteract the roll. But the waves were mad, slapping each other in midair, joining forces to create swells that raised the men to a brief peak where they could get a third-story view, then with the sensation of a falling elevator, instantly drop them.”

True story of two men who left Mexico in November 2012 during a fierce storm and how one of them survived for over a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean. The ingenuity this man showed was amazing. He found a way to capture raw fish, turtles, and birds, accumulate fresh rainwater, and endure life in a twenty-three-foot boat with no motor while shielding himself from the sun by curling up in an ice box!

I am very impressed with the author’s ability to take José Salvador Alvarenga’s thoughts and craft them into a compelling account without repetition (the days adrift must have been incredibly similar). He weaves in expert commentary and includes maps of ocean currents to track the boat’s path to the Marshall Islands. It provides insight into how a person can improve the chances of making it through an ordeal with an unknown ending date without succumbing to despair. It is well written and will appeal to anyone who enjoys true stories of survival.

“Despite his temporary bonding with God, Alvarenga’s true faith remained attached to one of his core beliefs: optimism. “I never thought in the negative, I remained positive,” he said. “I told myself I was going to survive, to be brave, have faith, not fall down. I knew that I was adrift, but I was thinking about surviving. I was always thinking ahead, planning. I was brainstorming inside the icebox. How did I do it? I imagined solutions.”
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Castlelass | outras 13 resenhas | Oct 30, 2022 |

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