The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey
It's very technical, but I liked that.
Review to come.
"... 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
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
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."
"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
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
She's a woman. I'm a woman. And that's all good - and that's all that is good about this book.
The writer's style is very plain-spoken and simple, and sometimes her descriptions are heavy-handed and plodding. Her story is clearly structured--one round-trip fishing journey, peppered with interesting flashbacks as ...more
Linda Greenlaw, now a retired sword-fish boat captain (although, I heard she is returning to the business), wrote a book about an average 30-day fishing trip, with a crew of six, including herself. She described the work, the mindset, the problems, the emotional toll, etc. of swordfish fishing, while also talking about fisherman superstition and lore. She talks about her past, describing mistakes that she made, and their effects ...more
It is the story of one month-long cruise, with flashbacks and related tales relating to the fishing banks off the eastern U.S. and Canada -- George's Bank, the Grand Banks, etc.
On this cruise, there are crew problems, boat problems, weather problems, problems with finding fish, and problems with other fishing boats. C'est normale, in other w ...more
Greenlaw's experiences as captain of a swordboat really showcase several strengths that she (and her crew, too) has that make them a successful team: passion for fishing, stamina and endurance, and the ability to deal with a life that has no guarantees (not even a paycheck). It's an intense life ...more