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Dr. Alfred Jones is a fisheries scientist in Great Britain who is called upon to find a way to introduce salmon into the desert in Yemen. The Yemeni sheikh will spare no expense to see this happen. He says:
It would be a miracle of God if it happened. I know it... If God wills it, the summer rains will fill the wadis... and the salmon will run the river. And then my countrymen... all classes and manner of men--will stand side by side and fish for the salmon. And their natures, too, will be changed. They will feel the enchantment of this silver fish... and then when talk turns to what this tribe said or that tribe did... then someone will say, "Let us arise, and go fishing."
Such is the sheikh's vision. He tells Alfred: "Without faith, there is no hope. Without faith, there is no love." Alfred has no religious faith and has been mired in a loveless marriage for twenty years, so these words seem fantastic to him.
Alfred and Sheikh Muhammad connect immediately through their mutual love of fishing, despite Alfred's misgivings about the viability of the project. The Prime Minister's flack man tells Alfred that he must persevere and succeed because Great Britain needs some positive connection to the Middle East, something other than a failing, flailing war. These kinds of political alliances are always shaky at best, and when things start to go sideways, allies have a way of disappearing. Alfred soldiers on, with the help of the lovely Harriet, Sheikh Muhammad's land agent, and the project is readied for opening day, when the Sheikh and the Prime Minister will have a 20-minute photo op.
All of the faith and good will in the world cannot overcome the forces ranged against them, bringing tragedy to everyone involved. Despite all, Alfred's interior life is changed immeasurably. He says in the end: "I believe in it, because it is impossible." --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fun, thought-provoking read. Science and politics and faith.Published 13 hours ago by My2centsworth
An interesting story about an arab sheik who wants to introduce salmon fishing into his native desert country. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Harry Durham
For me it is a rare occasion when the movie turns out better than the book, but that is my conclusion for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Read morePublished 3 days ago by William D. Brzezinski
I found this book interesting once I got into it. Starts off kinda slow, but once I got to know the characters, got interesting. Was caught off guard at the end. Read morePublished 8 days ago by jana milton
I loved the movie, so thought I would try the book. They are very different! No spoilers from me, so I'll just say that once over that surprise I liked it very much. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kate5
An off beat theme that strains one's credulity. But it works and is a delightful read.Published 9 days ago by Harold A. Sanders
This book was the inspiration for a very fun movie of the same name. The script writers used the main idea, salmon fishing in the Yemen,
and then replaced about 90% of the... Read more