Saturday, August 18, 2012

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Author: Paul Torday
Source: My mom
Days to Read: 10

Another book passed onto me from my mom.  I admit I judged this book by its cover. Well not so much by the cover, but by it's title. Salmon fishing? I wasn't so sure about this one. But like always, I threw it into my purse and turned the first page as I sat on the subway heading into work. My second strike was that the first part of the book was in letter format. Then with a quick flip through I noticed "articles" and "journal entries". I don't typically like this style as I find it breaks up my rhthym and it can be difficult to follow. With the exception of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (side note - I couldn't remember the title of this book off hand because it is so long so I googled "long book title with potato in it" and BOOM! There it was!), I have not loved the "letter" style novel.
Pressing onward with nothing else to do but people watch or read, I quickly fell in love with this book. As odd of a subject matter that I thought it was, the book was great! I loved the characters and the story line. The book is about a middle aged British fisheries expert who is hired to spearhead an outrageous idea, bringing salmon to the Yemen for his countryman to fish. As the plan begins to take shape, the characters develop complex relationships with one another. 

While reading the book I discovered that it was in fact a movie! I love when that happens! I haven't seen it yet but it is on my to do list. I highly recommend this book, both my parents loved it as well.
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