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What Ruth does (hang around with her eccentric island friends, fall in love, organize the lobstermen) makes for an engaging book that's all the more charming for its rather lumpy, slow-paced plotting. Gilbert delivers a kind of delicious ethnography of lobster-fishing culture, if such a thing is possible, as well as a love story and a bildungsroman. But best of all, she possesses an ear for the ridiculous ways people communicate. One of Mrs. Pommeroy's young sons, "in addition to having the local habit of not pronouncing r at the end of a word--could not say any word that started with r.... What's more, for a long time everyone on Fort Niles Island imitated him. Over the whole spread of the island, you could hear the great strong fishermen complaining that they had to mend their wopes or fix their wigging or buy a new short-wave wadio."
The beauty of Gilbert's book is that she gives us an isolated rural culture, and refuses to settle for finding humor in its backwardness. Instead she gives us a community of uneducated but razor-sharp wits, and produces an impressive comic debut. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The characters are well developed and some are very quirky.
Her character development far exceeds her plot development and continuity/flow of the story The ending seemed to come in a burst after a very very long lead up to it.
I read and enjoyed Eat, Pray Love by this author and decided to give some of her other books a look.
It took a while to get into this book but once that happened I enjoyed it. The characters became more and more endearing.Published 4 days ago by Josette
Love, love, love this book. Great picture of this society of fishermen and wonderful strong female main character. I've bought several of these for friends.Published 11 days ago by A. Gettinger
Stern Men is a novel of BOTH men and women who struggle in their lives to reach beyond the single purpose of lobster fishing on two islands off the coast of Maine. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Donald F. White
the writing is nice, the story is weak. charming here and there, but not amazing. i love elizabeth gilbert's ability to draw you in to the story, but the middle and end dragged... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jennyp
I loved several of her books... But this one had no major events- boring plot
Eat, Pray, Love and Committed were good books.
I loved this book, as I do all of Elizabeth Gilbert's work. It is a fun and funny read, as well as, educational in terms of the Maine lobster fishing world in the 1970's. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Natasha Davis
I Love Maine and that is why I purchased this book. It was OK but not fantastic. If you love Maine it is interesting.Published 2 months ago by pat