The lobster chronicles life on a very small island by linda greenlaw great read!
The Lobster Chronicles : Life On a
Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw
Life Among The Boredom And The Chowder...
Declared a triumph by the New York Times Book Review, Linda
Greenlaws first book, The Hungry Ocean, appeared on nearly every major
bestseller list in the country. Now, taking a break from the swordfishing
career that earned her a major role in The Perfect Storm, Greenlaw returns
to Isle au Hauta tiny Maine island with a population of 70 year-round
residents, 30 of whom are Greenlaws relatives.With a Clancy-esque talent
for fascinating technical detail and a Keillor-esque eye for the drama of
small-town life, Greenlaw offers her take on everything from rediscovering
home, love, and family to island characters and the best way to cook and
serve a lobster. But Greenlaw also explores the islands darker side,
including a tragic boating accident and a century-old conflict with a
neighboring community. Throughout, Greenlaw maintains the straight-
shooting, funny, and slightly scrappy style that has won her so many fans,
and proves once again that fishermen are still the best storytellers around.
Personal Review: The Lobster Chronicles : Life On a Very Small
Island by Linda Greenlaw
The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw is just the sort of work that
completely captivates me. For the most part, I find my life quite interesting,
do find my life quite interesting and have been fortunate enough to do a lot
of the things I wanted to do, and it is turning into a relatively long run, when
all is said and done. One of the pleasures I get out of life is learning of
other people, their experiences; both exciting, earth shaking, and yes,
mundane. Hey, I know about me; I want to know about others. Ms.
Greenlaw, by any standard is an interesting person! Her accomplishments
are really a bit breath taking as told in the story of her time spent as
professional fisherman in her work, The Hungry Ocean.
It this autobiographical work we see a more calm, less dangerous (well,
sort of) aspect of here life as she introduces us to her native island, a small
hunk of rock off the coast of Maine. She has stopped being a Captain of a
commercial fishing boat and has taken up lobster trapping, usually with a
crew of one, her father. We get a very nice insight to island life; the
closeness, harshness, realities of a very hard way of making a living. We
also get a close up view of a way of life that may not be with us much
longer. Chronicles such as this are a wonderful way to preserve a history
of life in these far reaches of our country. This is something that should
not be lost to future generations, even if they can only read about them.
As far as I was concerned, this work was very well written. Granted, it
does not have the polish of a "professional" writer, and granted, you may
find a few flaws in grammar and syntax here and there, but who really
cares? Her story is told in her own words, much as you would hear it if you
sat and talked with her for a bit. I find this much more pleasing to the eye,
ear and mind than many of the professionally written "autobiographies as
told to." Her small village is absolutely infested with interesting characters,
she is quite good at descriptive writing and you get a true feel of what it is
like at the place and time of which she writes. I take this work to be an
oral history, if nothing more, but a wonderful history and quite well done. I
cannot imagine anyone with an ounce of imagination, of curiosity of how
others live, or wanting to know of things they have not done themselves,
being bored with this work. I actually read it in one setting, and I am a
pretty slow reader. I simply could not put the thing down.
All in all it was well done. We all have a tale to tell, each of us. Thank
goodness there are individuals like Ms. Greenlaw who has the ability to tell
theirs. Hope to hear more from this author in the future.
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