Trawler: A Journey Through the North Atlantic
Trawler: A Journey Through the North Atlantic is perhaps less about travel than about the strange l ...more
No journey through the jungle or Amazon-river but Redmond reports from a trawler, on the Atlantic Ocean.
Even though O'Hanlon's writing-style is good and with the familiar humour within, this book is too much about fish.
The descriptions of the very hard work, his efforts and the tireness after, were absolutely imaginable.
But it is fish,fish,fish and fish. I know almost nothing about fish, but I can't really care about i ...more
Trawlermen are well paid, not just becau ...more
We science-mad, natural-history enthusiasts must supplement this book with something of more substance. Only intermittently does Redsy discuss the aquatic life for ...more
In Trawler, O'Hanlon (No Mercy, In Trouble Again), a British naturalist and adventurer, takes readers on a hallucinogenic journey. Extraordinary (or nauseating, depending on the perspective) first-hand accounts of the ship, the close quarters, the smell, the fear, and the seasickness bring his experience to life. It's no picnic__just call Trawler a hellish travelogue or dark comedy as O'Hanlon's sleep-deprived sea companions slowly lose their minds. The best parts include conversations between t...more
I have to say that I really struggled with this book. The setting for the novel would usually lend itself to a story that I'd love. However, O'Hanlon writes in such a unique way that it can be tough going at times. The book is made up of huge slabs of ...more
R O'H travels in the worst time of year (I was never entirely sure of the reason for the timing) with deep sea trawlers crewed by Scots. RO'H is a biologist so he's fascinated by the different fish, me less so.
What I enjoyed about the book were the characters of the crew (not Scottish, but Orkneymen and Shetlanders a big difference to them). This is of course the closest ...more
This book is either one of the best written books in the world or it is absolute crap.
To give the author the benefit of the doubt, when I read books by the "greats", such as Charles Dickens or William Shakespeare, I get the same feeling that I got when reading Trawler. That is, what a lot of words talking such absolute crap in such a round-about boring way. So call me a philistine and call Redmond O'Hanlon a truly great writer.
But if you want to read a book that is gripping, easy to r ...more
Truly dire - all the worse for the carcase of what could have been a good book rotting between the pages.
Redmond certainly suffers for his art during the writing of this book, the shame is the reader does to, the disjointed, rambling interaction between the two dimensional characters brings on a form of seasickness surely worse than any suffered by himself. - Ple ...more
If you don't like fish (even bizarre ones), or don't like the way men talk when they haven't slept for a week: avoid this book.
Otherwise enjoy this really different novel.