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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,226 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Kunsten å fange en kjempehai fra en gummibåt på et stort hav gjennom fire årstider.

To menn i en liten båt. Et monster i havdypet under dem. Det er er utgangspunktet for Havboka. Fra den lille øya Skrova utenfor Lofoten undersøkes havet gjennom historie, fortellinger, vitenskap, poesi og mytologi. Hav er opphav, og rommer de utroligste livsformer. For forfatteren blir havet
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published October 28th 2015 by Oktober
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Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean was quite the pleasant surprise. I thought 8+ hours of audiobook was a bit long to listen about someone catching a shark but this endeavor is only the background music to what ended up being a plethora of perspective and education about the sea and all the life that inhabits it.

I've stated on other reviews that the ocean is my favorite place to be in the entire world and it is worth saying it again. I loved a
This is an absolutely awesome book, even though it's a bit all over the place sometimes. You could really just open it anywhere and start reading, because the chronology isn't all that important. Parts of the book are just interesting ocean facts, others are just random anecdotes or dreamlike sections, and then the narrative returns to the storyline of catching a Greenland shark. That story sometimes just feels like an excuse to write a book about the ocean and the north. And that's ok.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norway
Two friends, a writer and an artist, try to catch a Greenland Shark from a small boat in northern Norway. (Yes, the name of the shark is a bit misleading; in Norway and Sweden it's known as bitch shark.) While they wait (and wait, and wait, and wait, and the damn shark proves ever so elusive) the writer lets his mind wander; how did they get here, how did the shark get here, what do they do here, etc. The book covers everything from the history of life on the planet to the minutiae of life in a ...more
At the Northwest of Norway far above the North Sea lie the Lofoten islands. The waters here are incredibly deep and lurking at the bottom of them is s relic from the past, the Greenland shark. This is one species of sleeper sharks, and they have been known to live up to 400 years. As they live at depth, their flesh is toxic from the saturation of trimethylamine N-oxide, giving those that eat it a hallucinogenic trance, however, this does not stop the Icelandic people eating it…

There has been a l
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.25 Stars.

This was a total cover and title buy, which proved to be not my best decision all in all. I struggled with the whole idea of this book and really, that there was not a whole lot of plot. Honestly, to me this read more like a small encyclopedia covering the oceans and, in particular, the North-norwegian Sea. The information given in this book is totally interesting, I'm not denying that, and there are a ton of depressing facts about the dying of our oceans, all the varying species in i
Rhonda Lomazow
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars to this wonderful read.An amazingly true story two old friends a tiny rubber boat a shark hunt .Also a fantastic look at life at all the ocean holds &their own unique personalitys .A unique quirky book that you will love,
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days , says in his review "The Greenland shark is the bait, but the point is not to catch the fish." That's for sure. The point is to follow Strøksnes as he thinks long and hard about the sea and introduces you to what it looks like from northern Norway.

"Long is this country / Most of it to the north," Strøksnes quotes from a poem.

My favorite thing about this book is how foreign it is to this American reader. If you think a Norwegian, a Western European af
The Lofoten Islands in Norway is the beautiful setting for this book. Best friends Morten Strøksnes, (author) and Hugo Aasjord, an artist, have decided that they need to try and catch a Greenland shark, which can be up to 26 feet long and weigh a ton, from a small inflatable dinghy.
I don't know if I would have picked out this book if it wasn't offered to me as I am not really interested in fishing and am a bit scared of the ocean, but I am so glad that I read it. I is really a fascinating read.
Nature is scary. It is vast and strange and unknowable. In Shark Drunk, Morten Strøksnes explores much of what makes nature so captivating -- and so frightening. His focus is on the sea, from which the culture of his native Norway arose, in which his ancestors made their livings and met their deaths. Strøksnes and his eccentric artist friend Hugo embark on a quest to catch a Greenland shark -- a species I had never heard of, but whose mythical-sounding properties include flesh that renders the h ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For all oceanology and zoology fans, I promise, this book will go straight to your top 5 of all time. It is a love poem to the ocean with an enciclopedian insight into the history of ocean science and a focus on the Norwegian fishing traditions. There is not really a story to follow, and some might find the whole shark-whale-fish thing too heavy to swallow, yet it is still a pleasant, thorough and informative read for those who are curious about the world. Besides, if you are lucky enough you co ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book club book, and I was surprised at how fascinating I found it. Set in Norway, the book follows two men on their quest to catch a Greenland shark. Normally, I would give a story like that a big who cares? shrug, but let me tell you what gems I found in this book: Greenland sharks can live to be 500 years old and don’t mate until they are 150. Sperm whales are the largest carnivorous animals in the world, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex and megalodon. Greenland shark flesh is poison ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize this wasn't a novel at first because the greenland shark sounds SO fake. I enjoyed the memoir, but it was completely all over the place. If you read about the ocean/watch blue planet a lot of digressions on the state of the ocean today will not be new, but it is well written.

Also I read an ARC, so none of the maps were in the book and instead it said maps tk. Maybe the maps would have helped.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still do not really ever want to eat salt cod again
Kjersti Børve skjelbreid
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
should be read over just a couple of days, preferably by the sea, perhaps on an island, or while fishing in the north of Norway next to the view of the spectactular landscapes.

Full of great stories, inspiration and wisdom!
"Still, cost what it might, we were going to catch a voracious monster with many hundreds of millions of years of evolution behind it, with potentially fatal poisons in its bloodstream and teeth like that of an oversized steel trap, only a lot more of them."

You know how they say don't judge a book by its cover? Well I think as far as this book goes I kinda did... though more through judging it by its title than the cover per say. Going into this, I was super excited for this epic memoir/science
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You may wonder about the title of this book. Well, the meat of a Greenland Shark contains a toxin that, when consumed, has apparently been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. And that’s just one of the interesting facts you’ll come away with once you finish this book! The backbone of the story centers on the author and his artist friend Hugo Aasjord, and their mission to encounter the shark, as the title implies, from a small rubber boat. But from there, the author explores various oth ...more
Maria Kapari
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shark Drunk is an incredible and unusual book that touches on so many stories from adventure to reconnection with nature. It may sound strange how the numerous fragments of Scandinavian mythology, life-long friendship memories and maritime biology could be ever captured in a witty and captivating narrative, but Morten Strøksnes did it. And beneath the tons of self-irony and black humour, there lie the existential questions of our “uniqueness” as a species, and our impacts on the planet since ant ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature, memoir
It took me about ten pages to get into this book. I think this man writes the way I think- tangentially and in a most charming manner. I am sure this book isn't for every body- it sure is the book for me. Though I didn't totally love the premise of the premise of the book- going on the hunt for a Greenland shark but the whole idea of two grown men setting out to do this and the complicated quest to hunt this odd, scary creature is a vehicle for me to learn too many scientific facts about geology ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What is it with men on boats that gets philosophical tangents going? I am by no means opposed to musing of the sea or detailed histories of the earth, sedimentary foundations, mythology, or ecology, but when the bulk of the book is that and not actually focused on first hand accounts of fishing for elusive northern sharks, it becomes a bit of a drag. Fascinating information, but thin on plotting or intriguing characters, Shark Drunk is not as it’s seen, to its detriment and could have been a bet ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meandering tale; at its heart is the quest of two men trying to fish a Greenland shark. Along the way we get flashbacks from both men, historical tidbits, scientific facts, and philosophical detours.
Jennifer Jo
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, entertaining, and enjoyable! I really enjoyed it! Learned a ton about the ocean, biology, Norwegian history, culture, geography, industry, etc. etc. Fantastic book all centered around the friendship between Morten and Hugo and their adventure fishing for Greenland shark. Thanks to my friend Sophie who gifted me the book. <3
Brett W
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book. Intrigued by their hunt for the Greenland shark, but became entranced with the author’s anecdotes, humor, history lessons, and eternal ponderings about the stars, the sea, and friendship.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ocean is awesome and for winners.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert: these guys are gibronies. A cool story. I was very happy with the ending. Made me want to live on an island in Norway.
Soren Sondergaard
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Art of writing an annoying pseudo philosophical mess (in the vein of Coelho) and somehow creating an unfathomable succes.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story about 2 men bitten by the bug of fishing for the beast of fish in the North Atlantic, the Greenland shark. Enjoyable, well written, tons of digressions - some spun so far out that you wonder if the author has lost the plot. But then he skillfully manouvers it back in and the main story continues. The ending is a bit abrupt and lacks detail, but apart from that it's a masterpiece.
Torgeir Teigum
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me the same feeling as Izaak Walton's famous "The Compleat Angler" (published 1653). From a mental-hygienic and psychological view, both books are balm for the soul of stressed, modern men.
The marketing for this one sells it as a kind of comic adventure in which two drunk Norwegians get into shenanigans while ineptly trying to capture a Greenland Shark. Which is a great idea for a book, and one I would gladly read, but as it turns out, it's more of a potpourri of history, literature, and marine biology. Strøksnes is a very smart guy and a good storyteller (at least in translation by Tiina Nunally) as circles his themes of life in Lofoten and northern Norway, humanity's relationshi ...more
Bob Walenski
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was like reading a " Bill Bryson goes Norwegian" story. Set in the Lofoten archipelago of northern Norway, it's a simple story of two friends who try to catch a Greenland shark, no easy task.
If you take the time to do a google search of Lofoten, you will see what is possibly the most gorgeous scenic area in the world. Sheer rock walls disappear into deep fjords, and dangerous currents swirls the icy cold ocean. It's breathtaking, and both life threatening and life reaffirming at the same t
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MORTEN STRØKSNES is a Norwegian historian, journalist, photographer, and writer. He has written reportage, essays, portraits, and columns and reviews for most major Norwegian newspapers and magazines. He has published four critically acclaimed books of literary reportage and contributed to several others.
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