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I'd like to add some more notes of a personal style that don't have much to do with the book here. As an atheist, I read this book with a grain of salt. I thought it was rubbish that he would suddenly feel "clean and light" the same night his friend prayed with him. Could it be the copious amounts of drugs leaving his system to create this feeling? I would say so. After all, when you're hopped up on drugs, the world is a might bit fuzzy, and when you go off of it, it doesn't take too long to start feeling "clean and light" if you aren't focused on the withdrawal. I've seen many atheists go through similar.
My cynical nature noticed that Kissack still wrote mainly about himself. I suppose that's only fair because he wasn't one of the fisherman, and he couldn't have been there. However, it still felt awkward that he would claim the fisherman saved his life and marriage in the title when in the book he claimed his GOD saved it in the book. The title is absolutely misleading in this regard. I must remember never to do this in my own writing.
Alas, I had hoped to learn from this book how to portray a more religious experience for my own fictional writings that differed from my anthropology of religion books. I didn't learn that at all. Instead, I learnt that when writing a book about someone else's experiences, it's rather narcissistic sounding to tie your own life in if it takes up more than 50% of the tale. I also learnt that if you can't coerce someone to make a movie according to your whims, then you can always write a book and hope they buy it and make a movie out of it.
I also learnt more than I didn't want to know about some chap named Joe Kissack that was apparently rich (and famous?) in American TV syndication. I wish I knew more about the Mexican fisherman rather than getting this glossed over version of who they were as people. I'd like to know how they emotionally and mentally survived their ordeal beyond "belief and faith" since two of them didn't start out religious. What about their struggles to get over the death of their fallen comrades? I don't think Kissack did their part of the tale justice at all. I must remember that if I do a book in similar fashion not to gloss over an important part like that.