The Perfect Storm
When it struck in October, 1991, there was virtually no warning. "She's comin' on, boys, and she's comin' on strong," radioed Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gail from off the coast of Nova Scotia. Soon afterward, the boat and its crew of
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-- William Langewiesche, A Sea Story
On October 28, 1991, the fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her crew of six men disappeared off the Grand Banks in a tremendous stor...more
I have a special bond with this story. My first encounter with "The Perfect Storm" was through watching the movie. I still remember that movie clearly on my mind even though I haven't watched it for a few years now. It's even easily in my top-ten favorite movies of all time list. I simply loved it. As a child I had always been terrified of the ocean and all its dangers. Strangely though, I...more
The Perfect Storm is a great name for the book, as the book revolved around the storm that took out the Andrea Gail. It gave a lot of good information about fishing, but overall I wasn't impressed by the book, especially when it concerns the Andrea Gail. The synopsis on the back of the book annoyed me, because I thought the book was going to be entirely abo...more
I still reread "storm" every couple of years as its power rarely diminishes. This is a wonderful book expertly executed. The balance b...more
Since a well known movie was made from this book in 2000, many readers will know roughly what happens before they start the book. That creates an interesting dynamic for the reader. (view spoiler)[ Farewells become especially poignant when you know that it the final farewell with death just...more
Beyond stylistic preferences, I had problems with its structure. First off, it was entirely written in the present tense, making it sound like a sports play-by-play commentary. This is a very clumsy approach; the only thing worse is writi...more
"The Perfect Storm" Starts with Bobby and his girlfriend, Christian, sleeping. They wake up, and they round up their gang. Then they all head to a bar. Bobby and his friends drink and drink, and drink some more. Afterward, everyone in the group, not including Christian, go to the sword...more
This possibility is surely branded in the psyches of anyone who makes his or her living from the sea, where dangers — both human-made and natural — lurk literally at all deceptively serene points of the compass. But you go on because you have to — because it's what puts food on your table, and because there's always the chance...more
Part nature book, part adventure, part tragedy, part fish - the book is a pretty good much. It is somewhat slow to start, but when it does take off, it takes off.
Sebastian Junger interweaves the account with know facts of the crews encounter with the raging storm, necessary and well reasoned speculation to fill the gaps, along with a very accessible explanation of the dynamic natural forces that combined to...more
Sebastian Junger does an excellent job of telling this story and since nobody knows for sure, what happened in the last moments on the Andrea Gail, he fills this in with the best possible information, by interviewing others that have faced similar conditions so that in reading it, you understand just what the c...more
It was almost painful to get through this and, at times, I really wanted to just throw it at a wall, or tear it page by page. It never really went anywhere, at least not for me. Junger just went on and on...and on about the evolution of fishing, the history of other storms and how they impacted its victims, how fishing is a dangerous occupation, how it's cr...more
The Perfect Storm takes a while to tell it's tale, but it's interwoven with astonishing facts about the sea, how ships are built, how fishermen cope with being on the water for months at a time with the ev...more
It took me a while to make it through the book. The author did a great job of packing in a lot of information. I learned so much about the sea, naval law, sea rescues, storms, meteorology, the history of deep sea fishing, and.... Well, a lot of stuff! At times it was o...more
I found the Andrea Gail part of the story fascinating. What it might be like in those last moments when a boat is being hit with either a rogue wave or the sisters.
But the people who were on the water, like those two girls, who had no idea of what they were doing, had no business being there. They lied about their experience to get a trip to Bermuda not knowing that the...more
I felt that compared to some other non-fiction I have read this just did not stac...more