Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad

Recently Read: Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad

Currently Reading: Lamb by Christopher Moore, pg 146

John Ulsh lent me his copy of Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival. Considering that I'm helping him write his memoir of survival, it was a very appropriate book to read – even if the two stories are very different.

When Ollestad was 11 years old, he was in a plane that crashed into an 8,600 foot mountain. After nine hours of trying to climb down the mountain and get help, he was the only survivor. Ollestad interspersed chapters of his mountain survival with recollections of a surfing trip to Mexico with his father, who died in the crash, and difficulties living at home with his mother and her boyfriend. His father (who played the oldest son on the original Cheaper By the Dozen movie) pushed him to his limits with competitive sports – surfing, skiing, hockey, football, etc, to a crazy level especially since he was only 11 years old. I was much more interested in reading the chapters about his adventures with his father and his home life problems than about the airplane crash. The survival chapters slowed down the rest of the story.

I just started reading Lamb, which came highly recommended by many people. More to come on this title next week...

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