The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey
It's very technical, but I liked that.
Review to come.
The Hungry Ocean is another glimpse into the world of swordfishing, and was just as entertaining as the last Greenlaw book I read, All Fishermen Are Liars, although I have to admit that there was sometimes a little too much technical information for me. The detailed passages about compass headings and specialized equipment were relevant, but I do tend to fall prey to schools of brain farts when I try to read such things.
The main thread of t ...more
"... and shook my head at his use of the word fisherwoman. I hate the term, and can never understand why people think I would be offended by being called a fisherman. I have often been confused by terms such as "male nurse," ...more
Greenlaw tells us there are plenty of swordfish and her industry and ...more
She wrote a fun book basically because of the attention she received from the novel and film, "The Perfect Storm". Everyone wondered "who is this woman" "Is she for real?" She is indeed.
A woman to be admired
Linda Greenlaw captained an American sword boat. By itself, this is an accomplishment worthy of respect. More than that, she became one of the most successful captains in the fleet. And as "The Hungry Ocean" attests, she is also an accomplished writer with a fine eye for detail. I don't say things like this often, but this is a woman who "walks the walk", AND "talks the talk." A woman to be admired.
Forced by international law to fish a thousand miles from their home ports...more
It's rather obvious that this ...more
I liked the technical details of the fishery, unlike a few reviewers apparently. I am confused why someone would read about a highly-technical field if they didn't want to be confronted with the details of that field? Oh right, beca ...more
The "Hungry Ocean" by Linda Greenlaw was a book that I could pick up and read again over and over. Myself, I love the ocean and fishing, so this book fits right in there. I didn't really think their were any downsides to this book because even in the beginning it got right into the story there was no waiting and I love to read books that jump right in and I'm sure you do too. "Anyone who loves the sea will love this book."
I didn't mind her writing style. I didn't mind that some of it was dry. That's what happens often times when I'm learning something I have no frame of reference for. My only real issue that kept bugging me was the way she sort of only partially dealt with the racist member of her crew. You're the captain. Call him on it.
As a book though it falls a bit flat at times sadly. It's a bit repetitious, Greenlaw stating over and over that if you're only in commercial fishing for the money, you're in it for the wrong reasons. Also, because the book is more a "day in the life" account it does lack a climax. There's no real drama here. Yeah the fi ...more
"As the boat came to a stop, I nodded to Carl, who leaned over the rail and grabbed the leader just below the snap. Standing up straight, Carl leaned into the rail with the tops of his legs nd hauled the leader, hand over hand, twisting his upper body to pull with his back and shoulders. Kenny and Ringo appeared at either side of Carl, each with a 16-foot-long-gaff. The gaff poles were 2-inch-diameter oak dowels, and eac ...more
This is not 1CThe Perfect Storm 1D which was amazing but more on the technical aspect of the fishing journey where Linda Greenlaw 19s book is more of a narrative style of an
exceptional swordfish catch and a wonderfully diverse crew as they struggle through the daily highs and lows of making a living at sea. As the reader I empathize with the fishermen of the story as they dealt with excruciatingly many hours a day at sea adjusting to personality confli ...more