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The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2000

    30 DAYS AT SEA


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    Staying Power

    In The Hungry Ocean, I experienced descriptive adventure writing that lingered with me long after I finished the book. Truely, one cannot read this book without gaining an incredible amount of understanding and appreciation for the profession of swordfishing, its perils, and glories. If I have a problem with the book, it is with the seemingly overly zealous glorification of the killing of the swordfish. After all, although this is an industry, I think it is possible to combine earning money with a respect for all living things. I didn't experience anyone in the book giving thanks or describing the fish as sacred creatures. Knowing that our fisheries are in danger from being overfished, I WAS somewhat bothered by the cavalier attitude that the fish were overly plentiful and therefore reduced to mere dollars and cents. Putting my values aside was difficult, but one cannot expect others to share one's values. Certainly Linda Greenlaw is a caring and competent captain, worthy of my admiration, since I can't imagine having that much stamina and enjoying it! Her writing is elucidating, exciting, and to-the-point, coupled with just enough adventure and the reality of the repetition of the somewhat dull routines. It is a book that I will remember for a long time, particularly when I eat swordfish!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2000

    This will keep your interest

    I was a bit skeptical when I picked this book up, but, a woman's adventure of this caliber really appealed to me. The story really gives you brief glimpses into the humor and hardship of working the seas for a living. The Author does not make the fact that she's a woman anything special. She does her job, motivates her employees/colleagues, performs above par and deals with her good and bad fortune in a professional manner and her gender has no bearing in her ability to do this. This is a thoroughly engrossing narrative that will keep your interest. I particularly liked the caricatures of her co-workers. You get a flavor for the types of people she deals with, counts on, and is sometimes disappointed by. A really good read.

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