Forty Fathom Bank: A Novella

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Set in San Francisco in the 1940s, this novella of suspense and adventure is also a tale of greed, desperation, guilt, and ultimately, self-discovery. In the tradition of the sea sagas of Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway, it is a deceptively simple and powerful story of a man who goes to sea - and survives horrendous events. The narrator, a 29-year-old married man who is down on his luck, tries to make an instant fortune by shark fishing. He acquires an old boat and teams up with Ethan May, an experienced ...
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San Francisco 1994 Hardcover First Edition; First Printing Fine in Fine dust jacket 0811800342. First thus. A shark fisherman's greed and paranoia foul his get-rich-quick scheme ... in this novella (self-published in 1984). Read more Show Less

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San Francisco, California, U.S. A 1994 Hard Cover Reprint As New in As New jacket 108 p.; As New in like DJ; unclipped, beautiful and clean copy. Originally published privately ... in 1984, this 1994 reprint is attractively bound in dark blue and black boards, with pictorial DJ. "Set in San Francisco in the 1940s, this novella of suspense and adventure is also a tale of greed, desperation, guilt, and ultimately, self-discovery." 12mo-over 6?"-7?" tall. Read more Show Less

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Hard cover, dust jacket. Like new condition. One of the two initial entries in this publisher's series of novellas (see The Secrets of the Camera Obscura , below), this odd yet ... engaging tale involves a young man afflicted with a "hopelessness of spirit," who passes himself off as a fisherman and then discovers that a bountiful catch comes at a high cost. The unnamed narrator, struggling to support his family in San Francisco in the 1940s, buys a fishing boat in hopes of eking out a living. When some local drug companies inflate the value of a shark catch because those fish have a high vitamin-A content, several local fishermen set out in search of instant fortune. The narrator strikes a Faustian bargain with Ethan May, a mysterious, aloof sailor who will allow his partner to keep only a small portion of the cash they earn. This odd couple soon make a spectacular catch, and the narrator must come to terms with his jealousy at the disparity between his take and May's. Stylistically, the moody prose recalls the atmosphere of Poe's stories; some readers, in fact, may find it derivative. But though Galloway tips off his ending a bit, readers with a bent for quirky, dark fiction will be attracted to this unique fish tale. Galloway, who died in 1990, was a former seaman who published stories in Esquire and other magazines; he wrote and privately published this novel when he was 72. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Set in San Francisco in the 1940s, this novella of suspense and adventure is also a tale of greed, desperation, guilt, and ultimately, self-discovery. In the tradition of the sea sagas of Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway, it is a deceptively simple and powerful story of a man who goes to sea - and survives horrendous events. The narrator, a 29-year-old married man who is down on his luck, tries to make an instant fortune by shark fishing. He acquires an old boat and teams up with Ethan May, an experienced fisherman who also has a lucrative but increasingly worrisome proposition. Far from shore, these two men suddenly find themselves confronting an uncooperative ocean, a failed engine - and each other. With its lyrical language and subtle undertow of inevitability, this short novel will pull you out to perilous waters.
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One of the two initial entries in this publisher's series of novellas (see The Secrets of the Camera Obscura , below), this odd yet engaging tale involves a young man afflicted with a ``hopelessness of spirit,'' who passes himself off as a fisherman and then discovers that a bountiful catch comes at a high cost. The unnamed narrator, struggling to support his family in San Francisco in the 1940s, buys a fishing boat in hopes of eking out a living. When some local drug companies inflate the value of a shark catch because those fish have a high vitamin-A content, several local fishermen set out in search of instant fortune. The narrator strikes a Faustian bargain with Ethan May, a mysterious, aloof sailor who will allow his partner to keep only a small portion of the cash they earn. This odd couple soon make a spectacular catch, and the narrator must come to terms with his jealousy at the disparity between his take and May's. Stylistically, the moody prose recalls the atmosphere of Poe's stories; some readers, in fact, may find it derivative. But though Galloway tips off his ending a bit, readers with a bent for quirky, dark fiction will be attracted to this unique fish tale. Galloway, who died in 1990, was a former seaman who published stories in Esquire and other magazines; he wrote and privately published this novel when he was 72. (June)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780811800341
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.07 (w) x 7.23 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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