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This elegantly written and compelling work portrays the way the Japanese demand for giant bluefin tuna has altered the lives of Cape Cod fishermen. In telling the story of one man's passionate hunt for giant bluefin, Douglas Whynott details the competition and camaraderie in the bluefin fishery, the pressures of a conservationist movement seeking to limit the bluefin harvest, and the struggle of the fisherman himself against "the wild horses of [the] fish species."
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Douglas Whynott is also the author of Following the Bloom: Across America with the Migratory Beekeeper (1991). He teaches English and writing at Mount Holyoke College, and lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books ever written about commercial fishing. I know, I've read most of them. Personally, I like the scientific chapters best, the ones about the physiology of the fish and their schooling behaviors. But the chapters on the fishermen are good too, and only seem ordinary to me because I have frequented the same harbors and talked with men like these. Not that these fishermen are your average kind of guy. The bluefin tuna fisherman is a rare breed, a gungho kind of extremist type, the man racing for the prize. Douglas Whynott gets it all down here, as he follows these men, Cape Cod fishermen mostly, through two seasons in the mid nineties. He really captures the time, the place, and the intense environment. This book reads well, but it is a book for fishermen too. I have read it several times, and will read it again.