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'... Mr Brown's prose is as clear and bewitching as the lake waters which he learns to fish ... Readers who know the Nordic countries will delight in the author's keen ear and eye for the nuances of language, landscape and social customs' - Economist' - he is a deft writer with a real descriptive talent and a humorous touch - this is an affectionate and insightful portrait, offering a much deeper understanding of the country than the usual, often politically motivated, tendency to stereotype' - Financial Times'Fishing in Utopia is a lament for a lost Eden. But it is more than that. Essentially it is a story of modern rootlessness and the search for something to believe in. The fact that that something turns out, absurdly, to be fishing only makes it more tragic. I can see it becoming a cult book, and not just among anglers' - Sunday Times 'His evocations of his early years in the country are miracles of sensuous recollection' - Telegraph

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Andrew Brown writes for The Guardian and is the author of The Darwin Wars and In the Beginning Was the Worm.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Granta UK (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847080812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847080813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dag Stomberg on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
An interesting story of Sweden written by a British journalist with maybe "a little axe to grind." Andrew Brown spent many years as a resident of Sweden in the 1970s-80s. Went back to Britain a bit disgruntled, remained there for awhile, then got the urge to try Sweden again. He found Sweden had changed. FISHING IN UTOPIA
is a lament for a lost Eden. It is a journey into the past. You
may appreciate this book for countless reasons: contemporary state
of affairs of Sweden and vivid descriptions of the country's nature because of somewhat unusual fishing trips for fish.

For a well written book that is both educational and entertaining;
this is one to read now!

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dag Stomberg on September 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
An interesting story of Sweden written by a British journalist with
maybe "a little axe to grind." Andrew Brown spent many years as
a resident of Sweden in the 1970s-80s. Went back to Britain a bit disgruntled, remained there for awhile, then got the urge to try
Sweden again. He found Sweden had changed. FISHING IN UTOPIA is a
lament for a lost Eden. It is a journey into the past. You may
appreciate this book for countless reasons: contemporary state of affairs of Sweden and vivid descriptions of the country's nature
because of somewhat unusual fishing trips for fish.

For a well written book that is both educational and entertaining;
this is one to read now!

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roland P. Whitcomb Jr. on November 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I grew up in a household where Swedish was still spoken, my Grandmother and my paternal great grandparents having come over on the boat. As I read the book I felt like I was finally coming to understand my childhood and Swedish heritage. First of all, Sweden was never really socialist, if by that one means public ownership of the means of production without the dictatorship of the proletariat. Britain and France were the leaders in that department. Sweden's welfare state was not an economic policy but a cultural one and my understanding of that was improved dramatically, although perhaps only viscerally, by this book. The financial implications were just a part of a broader culture of ademantly enforced conformity and uniformity. The fact is an entrepreneur could do at least as much, and often times more, in this Utopia than in Britain or France, he just couldn't keep the profits. His description of his experience of why this was so and his brief mention of the theory behind it, the laws of "Jante", was spot on. Perhaps it's because this English cultural "spy" could also speak to the side of me that is of English extraction, but I do think it is accesible to many.
I'm not into fishing, but the fishing stories are more about the people who fish and the many places it took the author than the fish themselves. His contrasts with fishing in Britain were instructive. The Swedes I know have no self awareness and if forced to develop it become extremely combative. This may have been what changed Olaf Palme while at an American college. They don't like this in themselves, so they instead become extermely insular and the explanation for the dynamic of the welfare state becomes reduced to mere finance, which is not.
The author does give a good explanation of why this is disappearing, but it is brief as his return to Sweden was brief and thus may not be readily understood without someone with a Swedish background.
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Format: Paperback
'Provincial, evangelical Christianity [in Sweden] was constructed around the absence of alcohol much as Solomon's temple was built around the empty tabernacle.' That's a taster of the style Brownian. Gibbonian, no?

This book occupies an uncategorisable niche. Think of it as an extended essay, or meditation, not about Sweden or fishing - neither of which interest me in the slightest - though of course it is, but more of an elegy for 'the kind of spacious, useful and honourable life' (restricted, yes, but organic) that 'all went to hell' after the euphoria of 1989 and the quaintly named 'neoliberal' wave that succeeded it. No doubt there were other factors besides the wall coming down - globalization, containerisation and so forth were already at large - but in all this we (read: our representatives) lost sight of the human factor, blinded by dollar signs. Like any essay, and the best memoirs, this is itself organic - life writing at its finest
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