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The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey Paperback – June 7, 2000
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There is the weather, the constant danger of mechanical failure, the perils of controlling five sleep-, women-, and booze-deprived young fishermen in close quarters, not to mention the threat of a bad fishing run: "If we don't catch fish, we don't get paid, period. In short, there is no labor union." Greenlaw's straightforward, uncluttered prose underscores the qualities that make her a good captain, regardless of gender: fairness, physical and mental endurance, obsessive attention to detail. But, ultimately, Greenlaw proves that the love of fishing--in all of its grueling, isolating, suspenseful glory--is a matter of the heart and blood, not the mind. "I knew that the ocean had stories to tell me, all I needed to do was listen." --Svenja Soldovieri --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Greenlaw writes in a simple, conversational way. Here story is engaging by its very nature so I found myself unconcerned with her writing style since the story was so compelling. That said, I found her writing straightforward, concise and enjoyable . I completed the book in just under 3 days, another tribute to the quality of the book. I found it difficult to put the book down as I wanted to find out about this woman and her her crew and how they made (or didn't make) their living.
Greenlaw gets the tedium, danger, misery and ecstasy of fishing on the North Atlantic. As a deck hand on a crab boat for the past several summers I am constantly asked what its like. I really can't explain to `landsmen', but now I point to greenlaw's book.
I'm gonna write my own book!
I found her writing to emulate the way she runs her boat, organized, meticulous, and without unnecessary baggage. And when she related childhood memories, or shared dialogue, she related it as well or better than Authors with many books to their name. Individuals who are excellent at what they do are often said to appear to do their task effortlessly. The book certainly was not an easy task for her, but there is a vast difference between being simplistic and relating a portion of a life. Embellishment is best left for ghostwritten memoirs and autobiographies. There is nothing done to complicate her life's work, why should her story diverge from that path?
The closest I have come to a swordfish is with a fork, and it had long since been reduced from the massive creatures these can be, to a sliver of these fish she hunts. She and her crew define risk taking. They don't occasionally face lethal risk or even frequently risk their lives they constantly make this wager. And they do so not knowing whether they will make a dime for a month at sea in conditions that most could tolerate for about an hour presuming the water was calm, and seconds presuming 70 knot winds and the seas that follow them.Read more ›
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Good book. Read it in two days while on vacation. The author is real and doesn't hold back at all. The best part about the book is learning how fishermen live, including the risks... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Tyler Nals
This is a decent book. It does exactly as advertised, describe one entire fishing trip, from dock to dock. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cynthia C.C.
I don't understand why this was a bestseller? I think the only reason this was even published at all was because of The Perfect Storm. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KPDR87
I found it fascinating. The challenges of being a captain, the isolation and the weight of the decisions - and just the personalities, and the fact that she gives very little... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marjorie Ihssen
This was the first book I read by Linda Greenlaw. She basically describes a typical swordfish fishing trip, from filling the boat with groceries, gathering the crew, fishing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book made my soul ache and as the result of what I learned by reading it, I will never buy or eat swordfish or tuna again. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer