Books: Alone at Sea

GENTLEMAN OVERBOARD—Herbert Clyde Lewis—Viking ($1.50).

Those who can recall what it felt like to fall off an aquaplane for the first time may also remember a twinge of loneliness at being abandoned, even briefly, in what may have seemed at the moment like a large waste of water. What would it feel like to fall off a ship in mid-Pacific? Few men have done such a thing, and fewer have lived to tell the tale, but many must have imagined themselves in such a terrifying predicament. With as much calm authority as though he had...

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