Published by W. W. Norton Company on May 17th 1997
Challenge Theme: A book set at sea
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October 1991. It was “the perfect storm”–a tempest that may happen only once in a century–a nor’easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on Earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards its hellish center.
I have to be honest, I did not finish this book and yes I did count it towards my challenge because I only had about 60 pages left. The start of the book was interesting to me but towards the end I started to lose interest big time. I just think I am not the type of person who wants to read the account of something like this from someone who wasn’t there. Now I know Junger had to have done a TON of research in order to write this book so I don’t want to take anything away from him. I just prefer first hand accounts. I don’t like speculation of how things may have happened. I will say I want to watch the movie, I think that would interest me more. Since I didn’t finish it is hard to give a rating so I will just rate the parts I got through and rate it right down the middle at 2.5 since the first half kept my interest somewhat.
“How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whisky? Do they cry?”
“There are houses in Gloucester where grooves have been worn into the floorboards by women pacing past an upstairs window, looking out to sea.”
“If the men on the Andrea Gail had simply died, and their bodies were lying in state somewhere, their loved ones could make their goodbyes and get on with their lives. But they didn’t die, they disappeared off the face of the earth and, strictly speaking, it’s just a matter of faith that these men will never return. Such faith takes work, it takes effort. The people of Gloucester must willfully extract these men from their lives and banish them to another world.”