Instead, it was almost eerily calm — kind of like the aesthetic of that cold, grey Chilean sea. It loosely tells the story of my life, but a large part of it is based around my hometown in Chile. Is there a lot of surfing in the film? Or is it more lifestyle?
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Please try again later. This is a gem of a novel. I didn't know that they wrote them like this anymore, or that anybody would publish them: An adventure story of sorts, but primarily a bleak philosophical novel set against the unforgiving sea. The book invites many comparisons from American and English literature: It is clear, in any event, that Coleridge's Ancient Mariner holds a great sway here, and several passages are almost lifted from that eerie poem. From "Hours passed, each minute eternal" to "Neil saw the bird's cold eye looking down upon their small boat as if in judgment" the mariner and his albatross seems to haunt the book.
For my part, I think the writing most resembles that of Jack London, to my mind a writer most neglected by the establishment. It's not as heavily-laden with philosophical ponderings as Melville, yet it certainly carries more heft than Steinbeck. London also was a sailor, and you will find, in his seafaring books, all the sorts of detailed nautical terminology that reviewers have noted in this book.
If I had to sum up what this book was about, I could do no better than quote from Neil's reverie at the end of Chapter Four: A solitary fisherman in the vastness of his universal sea.
What if he lured living things to their death? What if God left them? Only fisherman would know, and they had promised not to tell. Great book, great man. He weaves us a different kind of love story - of a father, the sea, and home.
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The Fisherman's Son was caught because of its cover; it had the coolest one in the pile of books I looked through. Hence, I judged the book by it and was not disappointed. The novel describes the life of a commercial fisherman through the eyes of Neil, the son of one. We go through his childhood, seeing how he becomes a professional fisherman via being a deckhand for his father in tough economic times.
As the novel continues the father's love for the sea in good and bad times takes precedence over his marriage and family life; eventually he and his wife are permanently estranged as his mother searches for her own life and meaning at the neglect of her family.
Neil's father is both a significant influence and a distant enigma; he belongs to a fishing crew from earlier times, one untouched by the tides of world news. Often father and son are together-alone on the boat, interacting through the daily tasks of fishing but much less through communication. He is, is Neil's words, a "solitary seabird".
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For much of the book the sameness of a fishing life comes to the surface; what hooked me and kept my interest is the author's prose and his knowledge: I have little doubt that some of the harrowing situations on the seas, situations where death could or does come, were based or influenced by real life experiences of the author and his community. The aspect of the book I would change is that each chapter begins with a few paragraphs on Neil as an adult before delving into his past. He is adrift on a life raft hoping to make it to land or be rescued. While waiting he remembers his past, comprising the novel.
These opening paragraphs are not overly effective and add little; the novel stands without them. The voice of Neil remembering without being encumbered by his present danger and uncertainty would serve the story better. Despite this, the novel works.
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The fisherman's life isn't for me; but Keoph's skillful rendering of its somber tediousness interspersed with wave-faring danger, of its grim determination to find the next big catch lured me in. In The Fisherman's Son Michael Koepf tells a story of man versus sea with an authenticity culled from his years spent working commercial fishing boats off of California's scenic and rugged coast around Half Moon Bay.
But this finely crafted novel does much more than that.