83 DAYS The Survival of Seaman Izzi by Mark Murphy

83 DAYS The Survival of Seaman Izzi

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Unassuming story of three of the survivors of a torpedoed Dutch, ex-luxury liner, which falls short of some 3 months of exposure, bare existence, tremendous testing of endurance. Izzi, second class seaman of the U.S.N. from South Barre, Mass., makes the run to Africa safely and on the return trip with 200 odd passengers, survivors of previous disasters, is torpedoed off South America. Two nights and days in the water, living through hallucinations, helped by and helping others, comparative safety on a raft. On the 16th day food gave out; irritations assumed vast importance, they experimented with eating live shark, birds, fish, while they talked of food. Two of the five died, the others are eventually picked up by a Patrol Craft and saved by the care of a pharmacist's mate. A record of endurance that supplements previous marine escapes.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1943
Publisher: Dutton