Naked and Marooned: One Man. One Island. by Ed Stafford
This is a hard one to review – my feelings towards it are decidedly mixed. I … kind of liked the book – it was interesting in a can’t-look-away kind of way. It was also pretty gross at times, and I can’t recommend it without some strong cautions. I’ve been wanting to read his Walking the Amazon book, and this account makes me want to read that one even more, but this book didn’t make me want to rush out and tell everyone I know that they need to read it.
Why should you read this book?
- You’re fascinated by survival stories, and can’t get enough of them.
- You’re addicted to the show Naked and Afraid and want a book version.
- You’ve seen Stafford’s show Naked and Marooned, and want to read his account behind the show.
- You loved Stafford’s previous book Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. One Step at a Time., and want to know what he did after finishing that adventure.
Why should you pass?
- You don’t want to read multiple accounts detailing Stafford’s intestinal distress, and how it was an indicator of his overall health and well-being.
- You’re not a fan of “stunt” journalism – this is a contrived experiment, rather than a true survival story.
- You don’t want to read some fairly graphic passages, such as one describing how he killed a goat. It’s gruesome, and if you’re squeamish you’ll want to skip that part.
- You want an account with nonstop excitement. This gets a bit repetitive at times – not surprising, because so much of his time was spent doing the same sorts of things. Hunt for food, look for water, work on shelter, etc., repeat repeat repeat.
The epilogue is excellent however – I really appreciated how he didn’t just end it when the experiment ended, but came back to it months later and talked about some of the long-term impact it had on him and his relationships. Fascinating stuff!
What do you do after you walk the Amazon?
Ed Stafford—adventurer extraordinaire and Guinness World Record holder for walking the length of the Amazon River—likes a challenge. Casting about for an adventure that would top the extraordinary feat he recounts in Walking the Amazon, Stafford decides to maroon himself on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific. His mission: to survive for sixty days equipped with nothing—no food, water, or even clothing—except the video cameras he would use to document his time. Detailing Stafford’s jaw-dropping sojourn on the island of Olourua, Naked and Marooned is a tale of unparalleled adventure and of one man’s will to push himself to the outer limits—and survive.
Title: Naked and Marooned: One Man. One Island.
Author: Ed Stafford
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
My Rating: 3 Stars
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