The Obsession

The Obsession

Tragedy in the North Atlantic

eBook - 2007
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It was a story that made headlines: In 2004, Canadian Thomas Evensen perished in the North Atlantic in the arms of his nephew after a failed attempt to sail to Norway. It was a tragic death and one that left many unanswered questions: Why wasn't he wearing the survival suit that could have saved his life? And why would an inexperienced sailor undertake such a dangerous voyage?

In this deeply compelling story, journalist John Chipman retraces Thomas's voyage from its beginnings--his boyhood dream of learning to sail with his father and his midlife decision to fulfill that dream with his own son, culminating in the purchase of a sailboat ill-equipped for the journey. And then there is the voyage itself, a heart-stopping and ultimately doomed endeavour. Skilfully interweaving conversations with those whose lives were touched by Thomas, as well as his nephew's first-hand account of the boat's final days, John Chipman tells a story that is both harrowing and heartbreaking.

A page-turning saga from beginning to end, The Obsession is an incisive and memorable portrait of a fatal voyage and of an ordinary man with an extraordinary, and extraordinarily misguided, dream.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group (Canada), 2007.
ISBN: 9780143181606
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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