Author: Linda Greenlaw
Title: The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey
Publication Date: 1999
Number of pages: 265
Geographical Setting: Gloucester, MA and Northern Atlantic Ocean
Time Period: 1996
Plot Summary: This book is an autobiographical account of a 30 day commercial swordfishing trip in the North Atlantic Ocean by Captain Linda Greenlaw of the Hannah Boden, sister ship of the Andrea Gail which was immortalized in Sebastian Junger’s novel The Perfect Storm. With humor and simplicity, Greenlaw, at the time the only female swordboat captain in the US, takes the reader through the entire journey from preparing for the voyage (groceries $3,500) to the selling of the swordfish ($2.61 per lb.) to the net pay made by the crew ($5,484.84). This is not a tragic story, like The Perfect Storm, but the journey is filled with adventure and peril such as violent squalls and gales, sick crew members, subterfuge and politics between sea captains, and sharks. In her story, Greenlaw, in great detail, portrays her crew and their relationship with each other and her. Another topic visited many times throughout the book is Greenlaw’s gender and the impact it has on her career as a “fisherman” and captain. After every chapter, a “mug-ups” or a short chapter with fishing information, biographies, or anecdotal fishing stories is included. She ends with an epilogue which follows up on her crew members, an itemize account of the Hannah Boden’s expense, and a map of their journey.
Subject Headings: Non-fiction, Adventure, Autobiographies, Deep Sea Fishing, Female Fishing Captains, Gender Roles and Identity, Interpersonal Relationships, Fishing Laws, the Culture of Fishing and Fishermen,
Appeal: Compelling, Candid, Informative, Violent, Details of Deep Sea Fishing, Colorful, Earthy, Exciting, Character Oriented, Action Oriented, Layered, Vivid
3 terms that best describes this book: Informative, Engrossing, Entertaining,
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