Leaving behind their spouses and families, Gordon Chaplin and Susan Atkinson set sail through Central America and the Pacific Ocean on a thirty-six foot sailing boat. One fatal night they decide to ride out a typhoon but find themselves trapped in the path of a furious tropical storm with no means of escape. In just a few hours Gordon lost everything he loved.
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Dark Wind is much more than one man's story of a disastrous sailing trip that cost the life of his lover, though its blow-by-blow narrative of the typhoon that wrecked their ship and swept them into the sea is reason enough to read his searing memoir. What distinguishes Gordon Chaplin's book from others of its kind is its stripped-down prose, its unsentimental depiction of a passionate but less-than-perfect romance, and its bleak acceptance of the fact that "actions have consequences"--in this case, fatal ones. Chaplin and Susan Atkinson met when she was married to his college roommate. Their shared love of adventure was soon apparent when, on a sail with their then respective spouses, the two argued for outrunning a storm that their partners wanted to avoid by returning to shore. When they got together 12 years later, her marriage had failed and the affair blew his apart. Risk taking was one of the foundations of their relationship, but it always came harder to Atkinson than to Chaplin, and in the end it undid them. Real failure is the crux of this memoir, and it's both terrifying and oddly liberating to read this scarifying account by a writer who honestly admits to being "someone whose best wasn't good enough." --Wendy SmithFrom the Back Cover:
Dark Wind is the true story of a whirlwind, midlife romance and two lovers' pursuit of a life of adventure on the high seas. In this brave and searing testament, Gordon Chaplin tells the tale of a catastrophic sailing journey he and his partner, Susan Atkinson, undertook across the Pacific Ocean. Having separately navigated broken first marriages and two decades of child-rearing, they had rediscovered passion and a thrilling new life together. But an idyllic sailing escapade through the Marshall Islands ends in tragedy when they decide to ride out a typhoon on their sailboat, Lord Jim, rather than abandon ship for the safety of the shore. By the time it is clear that the storm has altered its course toward them, it is too late to act, and they are trapped in the path of a furious tropical storm.
Dark Wind is the result of years of anguished soul-searching and Chaplin's meticulous reconstruction of events. It is a provocative and addictive read that raises questions about fate, control, human limitations, and self-preservation. Did the pattern of the lovers' lives lead inexorably to disaster? And when faced with that disaster, did Chaplin acquit himself? Chaplin's brutally honest accounting of his actions and his poignant reflections on his love affair are powerful and moving. In Dark Wind, he dares to push beyond the usual boundaries of memoir and succeeds in challenging our very understanding of love and forgiveness.
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Descrizione libro Isis Large Print, Oxford, U.K., 2002. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Good. No Jacket. Large Print Edition. LARGE PRINT EDITION. Withdrawn Library book with usual stamps etc and ffep removed. Image is of ACTUAL BOOK on sale. Size: H. 9 1/2" 216pp. Hardback. Codice libro della libreria 008799
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 97807531655153.0
Descrizione libro Isis Large Print Books. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2743874317