The fate of the Atlantic & our disappearing fisheries
Mark Kurlansky – Jonathan Cape - $37.99
In his new book he explores the fate of our oceans and the decline of our fisheries.
Here is how Christopher Hirst reviewing the book in The Independent back in August saw it:
The closest place he has found on this side of the Atlantic to Gloucester is the Cornish port of Newlyn. Its fishermen now largely depend on spider crabs sold to Spain and the revival of the pilchard or "Cornish sardine". As eight buyers bid for one haddock in Newlyn's fish market, he wonders if "this was the future of commercial fishing."
He concludes this exceptionally enjoyable book, simultaneously elevating and worrying, by insisting that the loss of fishing will diminish us all. Gradgrinds may accuse him of sentimentality, but commercial fishing brings liveliness and interest, not to mention gastronomic appeal, to coastal communities in a way that no tourist facility can begin to match.
I loved his novel, Boogaloo on Second Avenue (2005) and his collection of short stories, The White Man in the Tree (2000), but come on Mark, what about writing some more?!