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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
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did not like it

An absolute piece of rubbish. I have seen the movie a few years ago and I think that it’s fantastic. It doesn’t follow exactly but is very similar, so I’m not sure how this is so bad.

The format is atrocious. It is a collection of emails, diary entries, and interview transcripts. However, it is just written like a normal book. I have never come across a journal that is written as detailed dialogue.

The characters don’t seem real, they are flat and one dimensional, and quite uninteresting. The book has many sexist undertones that do not add to the story, but seemingly flow from the authors apparent view of women.

The ending is not so bad, but feels like a bit of a cop out. There are many elements of the book that add nothing to the story or character development, such as Alfred’s failing marriage which feels like a half baked subplot. Interestingly enough this is quite influential in the film.

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Reading Progress

January 7, 2018 – Started Reading
January 7, 2018 – Shelved
January 7, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
January 8, 2018 – Finished Reading

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