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by Linda Greenlaw

eBook The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island download ISBN: 1590861019
Author: Linda Greenlaw
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (July 10, 2003)
Language: English
ePub: 1908 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

In her second book, Linda Greenlaw has returned from the sea (17 years as a longline swordfishing captain, the . The Lobster Chronicles offers a pleasant glimpse into small-island life but didn't really live up to its full story-telling potential. One person found this helpful.

In her second book, Linda Greenlaw has returned from the sea (17 years as a longline swordfishing captain, the subject of The Hungry Ocean) and returned to her roots on The Isle Au Haut, one of the islands 47 year round residents. Her "fishing" is now done from a 35' lobster boat; her Dad is her sternman and her Mother is becoming her best friend.

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But Greenlaw also explores the islands darker side, including a tragic boating accident and a century-old .

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.

This memoir explores themes of love, family, and the quest for a simpler life. Описание: Bestselling author Linda Greenlaw has already let readers in on the thrilling, often hilarious onboard lives of fishermen.

Greenlaw wrote three best-selling books about life as a commercial fisher: The Hungry Ocean in 1999, The Lobster Chronicles in 2002 and All Fishermen Are Liars . The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island.

Greenlaw wrote three best-selling books about life as a commercial fisher: The Hungry Ocean in 1999, The Lobster Chronicles in 2002 and All Fishermen Are Liars in 2002 Greenlaw lives on Isle au Haut, Maine, and was the first female sword-fishing boat captain on the American East Coast.

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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.

The book has all the ingredients of a moving, funny memoir, but a better writer would have really brought it alive. While the descriptions of lobster fishing may fascinate other fisherfolk, the facts, figures and reportage failed to reel me in. There are chapters about the island's eccentrics, anecdotes like the time Greenlaw's grandmother had to be buried twice, personal reflections and even a lone imagined episode from the past, all rolled together in a somewhat disjointed whole.

After seventeen years at sea, Linda Greenlaw figured it was time to take a break from her career as a swordboat captain. She felt she needed to return to Isle au Haut - a tiny island seven miles from the Maine coast with a population of 70 year-round residents, 30 of whom were her relatives. She would pursue a simpler life; move back in with her parents and get to know them again; become a professional lobsterman; and find a guy, build a house, have kids, and settle down. But all doesn't go as planned. The lobsters resolutely refuse to crawl out from under their rocks and into the traps she and her stern man (AKA, her father) have painstakingly set. Her fellow Islanders, an extraordinary collection of characters, draw her into their bizarre Island intrigues. Guys prove even more elusive than lobsters. And as mainlanders increasingly fish waters that are supposed to be reserved for Islanders, she realizes the that the Island might be heading for a "gear war," a series of attacks that had in the past escalated from sabotage of equipment to extreme violence. Then, just when she thinks things couldn't get much worse, something happens that forces her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about life, luck, and lobsters.
Comments: (7)
Dddasuk
I seen the interview Brian Lamb done with Linda shortly after the Lobster Chronicles was published...
Trade the water for farms and you could be talking about the farm land where I live.
Farmers also are told what the purchaser will pay for the product. Farmers also deal with the weather and government
interference..
I think I perhaps learned more about Lobstering than I wanted to know, but then I didn't know anything before..
I like the humor of North Easterners. Linda done a great job describing the people. I had never heard of someone breaking dishes when mad. The Alabama Hammer was a case, the two guys who dropped the tree on her building are something.
I think we can identify with people like these.......
Over all I enjoyed the book and recommend it.Cleaning up the language would help, I realize its true life,but it would make for a more fun read....I've gotten to a place In life where cusswords are a distraction.
But then, Linda is a lady of the sea, as farm ladys are of the land..

Dutch...........
Grarana
On a recent trip to Bar Harbor, we heard about this book and then realized who the author was. A remarkable true story of life in Maine, on an island, and as a lobster fisherman. Linda's tale is humorous, lighthearted and honest.
SARAND
In her second book, Linda Greenlaw has returned from the sea (17 years as a longline swordfishing captain, the subject of The Hungry Ocean) and returned to her roots on The Isle Au Haut, one of the islands 47 year round residents.
Her "fishing" is now done from a 35' lobster boat; her Dad is her sternman and her Mother is becoming her best friend. As she uses them, her stories about lobstering are metaphors about life and she interweaves stories of how one "fishes" for the wily crustaceans with stories of the many crusty characters that share her "High Island."
She has an ear for conversations and an interesting way of telling the little stories that make life on a rock something that some hold near and dear. I believe the stories will reach people who do not live Down East, whether we be fortunate enough to live in one of the highest taxed states in the nation with the best views or not, for in the end they are all about the human condition. Undoubtedly, her older sister still consdiers her literary efforts to be a book long personals ad, as there is plenty in The Lobster Chronicles about trying to find a husband as well.
Hopefully, the subject of actually landing one will be
the topic for a third book. This is very entertaining and worthwhile writing by an author who is only improving as she continues to find her way.
Grotilar
Greenlaw's latest narrative sounded like an interesting read: doesn't the rustic tale of lobster fishing seem appealing in comparison with our ordinary, suburban lives?
Not really, I guess. Linda should have waited another year or two so that we could get more than a picturesque snapshot of Maine. Giving the author more time to "round out" some of the personal stories could have gone a long ways toward engaging the reader. The Lobster Chronicles offers a pleasant glimpse into small-island life but didn't really live up to its full story-telling potential.
Niwield
Read this for book club. It was like a documentary.
AGAD
The folks who are giving this a bad review were expecting a book about Lobster Fishing, I think, and were horrified to find that this is a book about people, relationships, and various daily chores, rumminations, and adventures. It's not a blockbuster adventure novel, but a simple ode to the working men and women who happen to live, love, work, and die on this small island. Maybe the author should change the title to NOT The Lobster Chronicles? Some folks picked on the author's grammar and writing style. I had no problem with it? I think the folks who tripped over her grammar just didn't like the story she was telling, and that became an outlet for their disdain. Maybe it could have used some better editing, but I didn't notice. I was simply carried along by the narrative.
Antuiserum
The title should have been only "Live on a very small island". It really didn't talk a lot about lobstering and what's involved. It's seem to jump around and didn't run together smoothly.
I have read and listened to Linda Greenlaw's books and love her style and very New England Yankee way of looking at life and the problems in it. I've been to MDI (Mt. Desert Island) many times and love reading and recognizing places on the island.