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The Doryman's Reflection: A Fisherman's Life
     

The Doryman's Reflection: A Fisherman's Life

by Paul Molyneaux
 

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Fishermen survive as relics, the last hunter-gatherers among us. Their boats, crammed with ropes and nets, carry the mystique of a nearly forgotten world ruled by the elements.

Now an accomplished writer, Molyneaux as a young man journeyed to Maine with no experience and a dream of working on a boat. This is the story of his apprenticeship with Bernard Raynes,

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Fishermen survive as relics, the last hunter-gatherers among us. Their boats, crammed with ropes and nets, carry the mystique of a nearly forgotten world ruled by the elements.

Now an accomplished writer, Molyneaux as a young man journeyed to Maine with no experience and a dream of working on a boat. This is the story of his apprenticeship with Bernard Raynes, one of Maine's last independent commercial fishermen. In the early 1980s, these two men shared some of the fishing industry's best years, as well as gripping adventures on the stormy North Atlantic. Now their world has changed. The author discusses the factors-personal and political, environmental and economic-that led to the decline of New England fishing. Thanks to a strong work ethic and an iron will, Raynes resolutely hangs on to a vanishing way of life, while consolidation pushes that way of life out of reach for today's young fishermen.

For over three centuries, Raynes's ancestors invested their futures in the lives of fish. They learned to think like fish and developed unparalleled ability as fishermen. Today's fishermen will not have to match Raynes's supreme skill. Technology has edged Raynes out, and his fishing legacy will die with him.

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Library Journal
Commercial fishermen increasingly belong to a world we have lost. Theirs has always been a dangerous, demanding profession, but today our harvesting of the sea's bounty has been changed irrevocably, with modern technology replacing sea savvy and a "make a buck now" mentality replacing a sense of conservation guided by an eye firmly focused on the future. This book recounts the life of one of this vanishing breed, Bernard Raynes. Having once served an apprenticeship under Raynes, veteran journalist Molyneaux (who specializes in writing on marine issues) brings vividness and vitality to this biography. Raynes is in fact one of the last independent commercial fishermen in Maine, where he has worked for decades. For all its personal interest, though, this book is more than a mere account of a durable, endearing character. It is an insightful look at an industry in an era of decline and dramatic change. Recommended for public libraries.-Jim Casada, emeritus, Winthrop Univ., Rock Hill, SC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560256694
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Molyneaux began working in commercial fishing as a "lumper," unloading scallop boats, in 1976. He now writes about fisheries and marine issues for THE NEW YORK TIMES, YANKEE MAGAZINE, and NATIONAL FISHERMAN. He and his family split their time between Mexico and Maine.

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