Shark Drunk

Shark Drunk

The Art of Catching A Large Shark From A Tiny Rubber Dinghy in A Big Ocean

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In the great depths surrounding the Lofoten islands in Norway lives the infamous Greenland shark. At twenty-six feet in length and weighing more than a ton, it is truly a beast to behold. But the shark is not just known for its size alone: its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Shark Drunk is the true story of two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed creature--from a tiny rubber boat. Together, the two men tackle existential questions, survive the world's most powerful maelstrom, and, yes, get drunk, as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle, drawing on poetry, science, history, ecology, mythology, and their own, sometimes intoxicated, observations.-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780451493484
Branch Call Number: 338.37273 STROKSNES
Characteristics: 307 pages : illustration, map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-- Translator


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Jan 29, 2019

The basic concept was interesting - to catch a Greenland shark. Big spoiler alert - they never catch one and the end of the book happens when a shark gets off the line. No follow-up, nothing.

I also disliked both people, the writer and the artist. Since they were spectacularly unsuccessful at actually catching a shark, the writer resorted to filling the pages with history lessons about science, fishing and Norway. Now, if you didn't happen to know this stuff already then maybe you'd enjoy the book - maybe, if you knew ahead of time they weren't actually going to catch a shark. I'm not in that camp because I know the vast majority of that filler history, so I ended up learning when another history lesson was commencing and I'd skip ahead to the actual personal story, which was just not that interesting to me because both men are rather morose and somewhat dull people.

Big thumbs down for me.

Sep 13, 2017

Well written and easy to read. Plenty of history and background on this part of Norway so if you like that sort of thing, you'll enjoy this book.


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