The worst storm in history seen from the wheelhouse of a doomed fishing trawler; a mesmerisingly vivid account of a natural hell from a perspective that offers no escape. The 'perfect storm' is a once-in-a-hundred-years combination: a high pressure system from the Great Lakes, running into storm winds over an Atlantic island -- Sable Island -- ...
The worst storm in history seen from the wheelhouse of a doomed fishing trawler; a mesmerisingly vivid account of a natural hell from a perspective that offers no escape. The 'perfect storm' is a once-in-a-hundred-years combination: a high pressure system from the Great Lakes, running into storm winds over an Atlantic island -- Sable Island -- and colliding with a weather system from the Caribbean: Hurricane Grace. This is the story of that storm, told through the accounts of individual fishing boats caught up in the maelstrom, their families waiting anxiously for news of their return, the rescue services scrambled to save them. It is the story of the old battle between the fisherman and the sea, between man and Nature, that awesome and capricious power which can transform the surface of the Atlantic into an impossible tumult of water walls and gaping voids, with the capacity to break an oil tanker in two. In spare, lyrical prose 'The Perfect Storm' describes what happened when the Andrea Gail looked into the wrathful face of the perfect storm.
I was overwhelmed by this book - it is a docu-fiction well-researched for the facts and very human and very touching. It has made me want to read more by Sebastian Junger.
Aug 14, 2008
The writer did a marvelous job in going from the facts of the storm, The mens past lives ,how the ship was built and the different types of fishing vessels, The way the ocean acts in a storm and the intensity of the storm. It gives you a gut wrenching feeling almost as if you are living it,
I would recomend this book to everyone.I would rate this book tops.
Mar 23, 2007
An account of several people whose lives were affected (some fatally) by a storm off the northeast coast of the U.S. in the early 90's. The storm was essentially a hurricane, the extremely unlikely result of three storm systems' merging off the coast of New England. The strength and location of the storm caught many people off guard, and Junger's accounts of people who survived the storm or were involved in rescues at sea are riveting. He also provides interesting background on meteorology, seafaring, and the fishing industry.
Junger is an excellent writer, and I highly recommend this book.
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