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This true, entertaining, and delightfully written story may well have been titled, “A partially sober and most disturbing interlude in a young drunkard’s life.” After graduating college in the summer of 2001, Mishka Shubaly leaves the cocoon and booze of New York City and pushes the boundary of his comfort zone. With measured anxiety he joins a trans-Caribbean crossing on a custom 48-foot sailboat with “deep soul,” captained by a man who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The story begins in mid-action when the sailboat gets thrashed upon the rocks. Shubaly remarks that disasters “unfurl slowly, with a series of small mistakes--mere miscalculations--which though obvious after the fact, are easily overlooked at the time.” He is subtle in showing the shipwreck, and the voyage itself, as an analogy for his own state of affairs: his writing and musical ambitions squandered to booze while the death of a friend weighs on his conscience. His heroic act after the shipwreck is so well described, so looming, so filled with bitter irony, that it will stay with me for years to come. With its wondrous arc, this narrative feels deeply authentic because Shubaly acknowledges his character flaws and demons with simple honesty, and yet he also owns them with a misguided pride that suggests the impossibility of change. --Paul Diamond

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  • File Size: 112 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WG5M4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After receiving an expensive MFA from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly quit writing to play music. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring nonstop, and has shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Decemberists.

His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. 'The Long Run,' his mini-memoir detailing his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner is one of the best-selling Kindle Singles to date.

Mishka Shubaly lives in Brooklyn where he is at work on a new solo record of his original songs for In Music We Trust and a full-length memoir for Public Affairs. He welcomes feedback from his readers. We're all in this together, you know?

"The Kindle Singles bestseller list has anointed new stars like Mishka Shubaly..."
-The New York Times

"The gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back."
-Time Out New York

"A beaming ray of jet-black sunshine."
-The Village Voice

"Shubaly's writing grabs you by your neck, his thumb fingering the delicate pulse by your throat. He's going to tell you about himself, whether you can stand it or not, and the reason you can't stop reading? It's because he also seems to know a thing or two about your inner life."
-Huffington Post

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Normy Iguana on April 16, 2011
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I was familiar with the story because I was told it in person around the campfire years ago. It was a great feat of strength and survival with a bit of humour thrown in.

To read Mishka's story not only put it in colour but in High Definition.

I downloaded it at work just before lunch hour and even though people were waiting on me for lunch break, I had to keep reading and couldn't wait to get back to the story.

One thing that I don't care for is when writers write for the sake of writing. I like a good story told by a great story teller. If the author can write a great story without pissing around all day, then I can stick around to the end. I think that Mishka took a great story, a true story, and added the colour and surround sound to turn it into a great 3D experience for the reader.

Good job, I want to say now go out and produce more of these great stories but I am afraid that you may not always survive the research part.

Normy Iguana
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By kathleen k Greenwood on April 17, 2011
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This was an incredible true story. The part where Mishka offered to be the one to venture out for help, the negotiations, were an extreme act of heroism. Also, the reality of the "vitamin enriched" urine...this is so indicative of the conciousness of a higher thinker and the reality that a situation could occur with even the finest of sailors.

If there would be a way to improve on this story, I feel Mishka underplayed his own act of heroism. I would like that part to bleed on the page a little more. I cannot even imagine what in the world may have been going through his mind as he reached yet another one of the never ending bays that form the Caribbean islands.

This author is destined for greatness which is clearly exhibited not only in his writing but in the display of character and perseverence in his own life as an extraordinary person.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cherie on April 25, 2011
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Mishka Shubaly's short ebook, Shipwrecked, is hilarious, insightful, a little worrisome, and filled with empathy.

Shubaly is in a state of despair. His best friend died of a heroin overdose, while he was indulging in drinking too much. Blaming himself in a rather difficult situation, he decides to deal with the situation by drinking more and serving as a low-level member of a sailing trip. He messes up (He's not the strongest member of the crew.), almost dies (It's the 'Year of the Shark,'), continues to inebriate himself - but ultimately redeems himself.

After the boat runs aground, Mishka convinces the captain (whose responsibility it should be) that he should go for help. He argues he's younger, stronger, doesn't have Parkinson's (the captain does) or a family, but most memorable - that he's expendable.

Realizing that you're expendable is a mature thing to realize. Most people think they're so important, that they're going to live forever, that their invincible. They deny their very mortality, the very fact that they don't impact the universe very much, the very fact that they're just not that important. This is a huge turning point for Mishka.

Survival is what comes might argue, "It's merely a day," and as I'm currently reading Endurance about Shackleton's journey across Antarctica, and that is months, our world, our society is all about the now, the instant. For example, not having my phone on me for mere hours - chaos. We need everything now. So I think this is HUGE.

Great changes happen, but he ultimately remains the same - because you are always the same inside.
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40 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Darcy Gue on May 4, 2011
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Considering the glowing reviews, I was astounded by the clunky writing and disjointed storytelling from Page 1 on. I plugged on, finishing a boring, self-serving tale that wasn't worth writing, assuming it had to get better. It didn't...

Five people, whose characters aren't even vaguely described, wreck their sailboat on an island one night, but easily get to shore. They spend an uneventful night on the beach, except for all getting drunk on wine they've salvaged. The next morning the self-described alcoholic writer "heroically" insists on going for rescue to town, believed to be about 25 miles away.

He walks the coast without major incident for less than a day, and gets help. Period. No real challenges except that he manages to finish off his ample supply of water in just a few hours, and then weirdly feels the need to drink his own urine. Oh, and the poor guy keeps being plagued by fears of sharks, which has no relevance, since there are no sharks in the story.

The account offers no epiphanies either, other than noting that the incident did nothing to change the writer's alcoholism. So what?

Hopefully, this novella is not representative of the quality of Kindle Singles. Even at $1.99, I feel cheated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lyssathompson on April 19, 2011
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Shubaly is a masterful storyteller and in "Shipwrecked" it shows. Years of honing his craft as a an ink-stained wretch for some of New York's finest publications have served him well in this gut-wrenching tale of survival. The story unfolds as the author tries to escape his debauched lifestyle with a sea-faring adventure in the Bahamas, only to find himself at the mercy of mother nature. Shubaly deftly weaves the narrative of the capsizing vessel and his subsequent trek to find help with recollections and observations of his life back home. There are moments of tenderness, gorgeous renderings of life at sea, queasy shocks of terror and a stomach-turning surprise all packed into this powerful tale. Imbued with the spirit of "The Year of the Shark," you'll devour it in one sitting before it promises to devour you.
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