Friday's Harbor: A Novel

Friday's Harbor: A Novel

by Diane Hammond
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chloesmomst More than 1 year ago
This story of social conscience and caring relates the tale of Friday, the Killer Whale, and his trainers and rescuers. The story follows the whale from Bogota to a healthier home at the Max L. Biedelman Zoo in Washington. I have not read other books by Diane Hammond, but I might after reading Friday's Harbor. I enjoyed the inter play of the humans and the animals. I would recommend this book to readers young and old. I am animal lover but I don't think that would be a requirement for enjoying this story.
The_Book_Wheel_Blog More than 1 year ago
Must read for animal lovers I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. When I was a kid I really wanted to be a marine biologist. In particular, I wanted to work at Sea World. For some reason, however, I moved on from that dream and onto several others, including jockey and a children’s defense attorney. So when I first received Friday’s Harbor by Diane Hammond, I was really excited. Of course, I also had the impeccable timing of watching Blackfish, the documentary about the horrors of killer whales in captivity, two days before I started reading it. You see, Friday’s Harbor is about a dying killer whale that is brought to the States in order to be rehabilitated. Even so, I loved this book. You see, Friday has spent the last 18 years of his less than 19 years of life in captivity in Colombia. Alone. In a poorly filtered tank that was too small. He was also regularly beat up by the various animals (such as dolphins) plunked into his tank and was a forced to perform for fans despite being 2 tons underweight. He was covered in a scaly infection and was essentially knocking on death’s door. So when a rich old woman sets her sights on rescuing Friday, she has both the political clout and the financial means to make it happen. And she does. Friday is quickly transferred to Biedelman Zoo, where a team of animal lovers come together to rehabilitate Friday. Of course, bringing a killer whale into captivity, regardless of whether or not he was already  in captivity and being mistreated, is politically risky. Naturally, controversy abounds and a national media frenzy ensues. While a lot of the book is about the animal activists and the everyday goings on of operating a zoo, it also adds in an element of human relationships that I hadn’t expected. The characters are just eccentric enough to be endearing and the author does a great job of humanizing their desire to rehabilitate Friday. It also raises a lot of questions that were raised in Blackfish, but reading it from the point of view of the people with the good intentions gives it a different perspective. Former Sea World trainers have said that, in hindsight, what they were doing was horrible and that at the time they thought they were making a difference. It makes me wonder – do the current trainers feel the same way? And if an animal spends his life in captivity, alone, then would it be humane to release it into the wild to certain death? Or would it be best to keep it in captivity and give it the best life possible? I don’t know the answers to these questions because I’m not a marine biologist (or a zoologist, for that matter), but I can’t imagine that any animal would be able to survive such a drastic change in their circumstances. But the fact that I’m thinking about them demonstrates the powerful topic that Hammond chose for her book and her ability to write such a convincing perspective. If you’re an animal lover, then I highly recommend this book. It will play to your emotions and leave you wanting to cheer some characters and yell at others. For me, that’s a good sign.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a terrific book!  I read it in a couple days and had a hard time putting it down.  Hammond is really great at giving voices to her characters - you can completely feel what they are feeling.  This is a great book and as another reviewer said, you don't need to have read "Hannah's Dream" to follow or enjoy this one.  Uplifting and smart and just a really really great read.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
FRIDAY'S HARBOR by Diane Hammond is a touching Bladenham, Washington, at the Max L. Biedelman Zoo. A stand alone sequel to Hannah's Dream! I have not read "Hannah's Dream" and had no issues keeping up with the storyline. This is the story of a killer whale in Bogota, Columbia, Viernes(Friday) who is slowly wasting away with poorly maintained and inadequate facilities. The quest to save him, get him moved to a more appropriate facility and the controversy that follows. A fascinating story! Told with a bit of humor, sensitivity and the passion for "killer whales". The story is heartwarming as well as heartbreaking. As Friday begins to regain some of his fight for life, he becomes under attack once again. Some believe it is better for him to be dead than to live in captivity. A story that gives you new perspective on "killer whales". While, at times it moved a bit slowly with overwhelming information on maintaining a whale in confinement, it was still a good story. Be aware, by the time you get to the romantic entanglement between the main characters and care givers of Friday, you are a little distracted. "Friday's Harbor" raises many issues concerning killer whales as theme park entertainers, and the cultural excitement about these huge mammals. I enjoyed Friday's story as well as the characters throughout "Friday's Harbor". But as I said earlier, by the time you get to the romantic entanglements you are distracted a bit, or I was anyway. So if you enjoy learning more on "Killer Whales",the special bond between trainer and whales, than, I would recommend picking up "Friday's Harbor". Overall, a good read and one I would recommend to whale enthusiast and animals lovers. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: Mild REVIEWED BY: AprilR, review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well written story, very education. THough not as beautifully written as Hannah's dream, it was well told. Recommend!