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The Bombard story by Alain Bombard
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The Bombard story (1953)

by Alain Bombard

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The first of all the seafaring adventures I read ( at age 12, or thereabouts), it's one of those books I keep more for its nostalgia value than the literary. That said, it's a cracking read (though I have only read an English translation, I bet the French original is better), full of the usual trials and tribulations of someone setting out to prove that the impossible is not only possible, but desirable.

This crazy man sets out across the Atlantic in a rubber Zephyr dinghy, to prove that shipwrecked sailors could survive on the open sea without recourse to stored food and water. Controversy reigns as he attempts to prove that a man can live by drinking sea water (in limited quantities). ( )
  wertperch | Jan 27, 2008 |
Forfatter: Alain Bombard

Den franske legen Alain Bombard la i 1952 ut med gummibåten L'Hérétique. Han ønsket å bevise at man som skibbrudden kan overleve på det havet har å gi. I løpet av de 65 døgnene han brukte over Atlanterhavet, drakk han saltvann, fiskejuice, og regnvann. Maten besto av alger og rå fisk - reserveprovianten var urørt ved ankomsten til Barbados.
Boken er et gripende, menneskelig dokument om en manns fantastiske mot og utholdenhet, og er rik på dramatiske opplevelser om stormer og nesten-forlis.

Enhver som har oppholdt seg i gummibåt, vet hvor ukomfortabelt en slik farkost er, og kan ane hvilken påkjenning det må ha vært gjennom 65 døgn.
added by KystbiblioteketOslo | editFlyt Forlag, Anne Nygren
 

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Early one morning in the spring of 1951 I was asleep in the residents' quarters of the hospital at Boulogne-sur-mer when the telephone rang:
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Towards the end of September 1951, one of my rivals in that year's attempts to swim the English Channel, Jean van Hemsbergen, suggested we should go sailing together.

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