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Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska Hardcover – September 19, 2012
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"Four Thousand Hooks is a marvellous loss-of-innocence book, informative, enjoyable and well worth reading."―Irene Wanner, Seattle Times, November 2012
"His first-hand accounts come alive on the pages, where the reader is swept into the story with the narrator. . . . The foreshadowing and timing of the story makes it difficult to stop . . ."―Christy Olsen Field, Norwegian American Weekly, October 2012
"Four Thousand Hooks says a lot about our ability to meet extraordinary challenges, and suggests that maybe we're all stronger and more capable than we realize. [It’s] filled with fascinating details of the fishing life, makes for awfully good reading."―National Fisherman, October 15, 2013
"“The well-honed prose tells a good story and one is encouraged to turn the pages to see what happens next. This is not only a very readable book but an important record of a particular type of fishing."―Arthur G. Credland, Mariners Mirror
"Four Thousand Hooks is one teenage boy's dramatic, yet humorous, coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Alaskan maritime culture . . . a vivid picture of life and commercial fishing conditions in Alaska. . ."―Jennifer Huffman, Independent Publisher, February 2013
"This is pure adventure. Dean's story is…sinewy and spare, understated and often gorgeously written."―Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe, October 2012
"Four Thousand Hooks [is] one of the best books about commercial fishing in Alaska. The author began long-lining for halibut at age fifteen and went on to captain his own vessel: it is a great book for anyone interested in life on a commercial fishing vessel."―Charlotte Glover, Southeast Sea Kayaks Blog
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Anyone who has watched the Seattle fleet of halibut schooners migrate every year up to the Alaska fishing grounds and marveled at their elegance and durability, will appreciate the shame the author feels in that opening chapter.
In the first few pages of Four Thousand Hooks, we learn the author, barely 16-years-old, has hit a log on his wheel watch. The boat is sinking and the author may have to live the rest of his life with the memory of letting down the crew, losing his uncle's source of livelihood and sinking one of the most magnificent fishing boats ever built.
Before we find out what happens, we get a good idea of what's it like to break in on a halibut schooner. Once she leaves the dock, the Grant becomes its own isolated world with its own tough, moral traditions and standards--a dramatic transition for a 16-year-old boy.
The ending of this good read is even more amazing than the beginning. In a nice touch at the very end, we are brought back full circle to the model boat the author's grandfather gave him just before the old man went into a nursing home
Well, I got both. This is a captivating, fluidly-written and humorous book with a great tale to tell. I was, despite reading the book on a hot an humid day in the sub-tropics, transported to the cold, exhausting and relentless challenge that the writer went through. He starts as a child, out of his depth, with everything to learn. By the end, only weeks later, he is an adult, and a fisherman too. In the process, I learnt more than I ever could from documentaries or films, seeing fishing through the eyes of a seasoned mariner with a clear memory and wonderful descriptive voice.
Thank you Mr Adams, for a wonderful story, well and simply told. You are a great writer, and I'm looking forward to your next book!
Oh. They have to abandon ship.
I believe people call this sort of a book a page-turner. I claim this book will appeal to many different people. And I suspect it will never become unread and forgotten.
Give it to your kids and read it yourself.
I wrote the above about 70% into the book. I was reading about the young Adams reflecting on the adult insights he had found. His remarks made me wish to hang up my clothes! I was reminded of Gretchen Rubin's "Secrets of Adulthood". Anything that might get me to consider growing up is impressive. :-) I have now finished the book. There is a spirital component towards the end and I though of Melville and Homer and others. Note the author got a "D" in eighth grade English and was given to understand he could not write.
You'll never take fresh food on the table for granted again.
The glossary lists terms alphabetically which may need definition & if you have any doubt about what a beautiful wood halibut schooner looks like there is a gorgeous model photo.
It touched my heart & I continue to share it with friends.
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Surprisingly few modern books speak about what it's like to live and work at sea. Of course it begs the question of how could an area of the planet so vast be forgotten? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeffrey Kahrs
So great! I love it when a book grabs me in the opening statements. I was "hooked" from the beginning. Read morePublished 21 months ago by voracious reader
Dean does a good job of describing his introduction into an adult world that most of us can only begin to imagine. The hard, dangerous work fisherman endure is well described. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by call me bill
Great summary of the culture and times of commercial fishing in Alaska when the world and the bounty appeared infinite,Published on December 15, 2013 by Timothy N. Watson
Once I started this book, I could not put it down. It is easy to read. It is well written, detailed, and filled with human interest. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by floridasaint
Great story about a young man coming of age......especially good because of being framed on a fishing boat in Alaska.Published on March 10, 2013 by Paul H.