Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador

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Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador

Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador By John Gimlette Theatre of Fish Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland is one of the most intriguing places in North America a land of breathtaking but cruel beauty populated by some of the saltiest oddest characters you ll ever find In Theatre of Fish J

  • Title: Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Author: John Gimlette
  • ISBN: 9781400078530
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador By John Gimlette Newfoundland is one of the most intriguing places in North America, a land of breathtaking but cruel beauty, populated by some of the saltiest, oddest characters you ll ever find In Theatre of Fish, John Gimlette vividly describes the dense forests and forbidding coastlines and recounts the colorful and often tragic history of the region He introduces us to the inhabitanNewfoundland is one of the most intriguing places in North America, a land of breathtaking but cruel beauty, populated by some of the saltiest, oddest characters you ll ever find In Theatre of Fish, John Gimlette vividly describes the dense forests and forbidding coastlines and recounts the colorful and often tragic history of the region He introduces us to the inhabitants, from the birds and moose to the descendants of the outlaws, deserters, and fishermen who settled this eastern edge of North America Leavened with irreverence and affection, this is an irresistible portrait of life in extremis.
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    1. Lara on said:

      I strongly believe there should be a half star rating, so I can give this a three and a half It was good, really interesting to read, but it was one of those books that took me forrrrrever to finish actually, it also took me a really long time to finish Gimlette s other book, At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig Maybe it s that I have a hard time with travel writing This book is great in that it gives a ton of history about a place I literally knew nothing about perhaps the problem I had is that th [...]

    2. Adrian on said:

      The author, a Brit, follows the same route around Newfoundland that his great grandfather took in the 1890s Some good yarns are included about explorers Gilbert, Cabot and Cooke that passed this way Gimlette is able to get the Newfoundlanders he meets talking not exactly difficult and their colorful language and straight talk is entertaining I got bogged down in the chapter on Labrador the longest of the book as economic devastation and Inuit poverty made for depressing reading The author is pri [...]

    3. Stephanie Bluth on said:

      One of my all time favorite books It s the dark and often mind blowingly bizarre, funny and tragic history of Newfoundland and Labrador I m gonna read it again as soon as I get through the huge pile of books I obsessively collect I cannot recommend this book enough It will capture your imagination and break your heart and you will find yourself checking airfare prices for Newfoundland It s a place all must see.

    4. Timothy Riley on said:

      I dreaded starting this book I picked it up at a book sale because I don t think too many books are out there about Labrador It started with poor writing and boring material about the Grenfell family and their family tree It was not so interesting finding out what each one of them did before and after their Labrador visits and I couldn t tell whether the author was talking sometimes about England Once the author started traveling Newfoundland and Labrador it got interesting It sounds like a lot [...]

    5. Thomas Darisse on said:

      Subject was interesting but the writing was too obscure and cryptic for me I spent way too much time re reading sentences Also, a book about the history and geography of Newfoundland could have had a few maps within it Author did a lot of research which is appreciated, but he needs a new editor to help him to clarify and expand his writing Here s an example of a particularly annoying sentence on page 285 Once, I spotted a gift shop adrift in a blast of pre Cambrian shrapnel, and two men struggli [...]

    6. Ricardo Ribeiro on said:

      No way I could finish one of the most boring book ever It s the third one from this author I read the first one, about Paraguay, I totally loved and it made me visit the country The second one, about Sri Lanka, I read while preparing my trip there and it was just OK I am intrigued by the Northern lands Greenland, Terra Nova, Iceland, Faroe Islands so I was really looking forward to get this book but it proofed impossible to read A waste of time.

    7. David Bales on said:

      Lengthy historical and travel tome about Newfoundland and Labrador, heavy on personal history and has a great deal about the famous Newfoundlanders and how they shaped the colony s past unfortunately, there wasn t enough about the province s present For most of history, cod ruled supreme here, and hundreds of years prior to Columbus the Grand Banks were known for their fish The first description dates to 1436 Interesting sidelights about how the Irish, the Scots and the Portuguese shaped the de [...]

    8. Crystal on said:

      I did not like this book at all I don t blame the writing, exactly Gimlette seems like a skilled writer, and a friendly, charming person with lots of curiosity and appreciation of the bizarre and absurd and macabre in real life I believe it s that appreciation that is exactly what repelled me, or at least what he was fascinated in researching and recounting in this book I had never heard anything about Newfoundland and Labrador before this book, and that seemed like a shame from a geography buff [...]

    9. Louise on said:

      John Gimlette is downright poetic as he describes the geographic, social and sad economic landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador This prose poetry has a style, but I m at a loss to say what that style could be called.His ability to turn a phrase, though, is outdone by the Newfies and Labs themselves She d an eye for my father always put her tent up he did a boat ran into dirty weather a hurricane and Got no eyes got no teeth but I still shoot Once you get into it, you laugh out loud when Gimlett [...]

    10. Bart on said:

      Theatre of Fish is not enjoyable a read as At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig, but that doesn t mean it isn t very good John Gimlette remains a stylist with few peers in contemporary English letters.Or perhaps it is that Newfoundland is not a land quite as fascinating as Paraguay about which Gimlette s first book was written Too, Theatre of Fish is of a historical and autobiographical event than its predecessor was This might be a consequence of Gimlette s evolving style, or it might be an aberr [...]

    11. Elizabeth on said:

      An amazing read though I often am left scratching my head, at the vocabulary what in the world is he talking about , and at the hard facts of living and dying in Labrador and Newfoundland at the turn of the century But now that I ve finished it, I want to read it again.Newfoundland is one of the most intriguing places in North America, a land of breathtaking but cruel beauty, populated by some of the saltiest, oddest characters you ll ever find In Theatre of Fish, John Gimlette vividly describes [...]

    12. Bill on said:

      I read The Shipping News a few years ago with great enjoyment, so when I saw Gimlette s book I had to read it too Turns out Newfoundlanders are even quirkier than Proulx depicted Don t call us Newfies, or we ll kick your % arse, Gimlette is told The book is both a travel narrative and a history of Newfoundland and Labrador I did not know much about either place, and they now appear as remote and strange as the backside of the moon Theatre of Fish is well written, with an interesting back story t [...]

    13. Sonny on said:

      This narrative by a native to this region offers an almost stream of consciousness overview of the netherworld of Newfoundland Labrador As such, some of it doesn t connect from either a cultural, esoteric or TMI yeah, I mean too much information perspective But having just visited this area, I was hungry for cultural insight and this book fit the bill Even to the extent to which I didn t get parts, I got why I didn t get it Like any other region of our planet thankfully we each have our culture [...]

    14. Nathan on said:

      Whew This one took me awhile The text is broken up into perfectly sized chapters for bathroom reading, which is where I read the majority of the book I thoroughly enjoyed it worth every single potty break Gimlette toured NFLD and Labrador, in the footsteps of his great grandfather, who was the doctor of a missionary expedition He wove the current island and people into the story of his GGpa Having lived in Newfoundland, I felt like I shared an insiders view with the author It makes me pine for a [...]

    15. Billy on said:

      Although the writing can be frustratingly obtuse, I enjoyed this journey around the island of Newfoundland and up the Labrador coast Truly, these are hard places with long, sad histories Gimlette retraces the route of his great grandfather, a late 19th century doctor missionary One hundred years later, evidence of his ancestor is not hard to find The far flung dots on the map turn out to be places of great beauty and pain I ll have to go someday.

    16. Aaron on said:

      Theatre of Fish tells of the author s travels through the declining villages of Newfoundland Labrador and St John s Reading about the people and the landscape there does make me want to travel there in summer I don t know how the author manages to convince so many people to tell him the details of their lives.

    17. Alan on said:

      A fantastic overview of life in Newfoundland and Labrador told by an Englishman re tracing his great grandfather s journeys To be fair, had I not read it while traveling in Newfoundland I may not have enjoyed it as much however it was an honest portrayal of a truly unique, beautiful, and painful part of the world And it shows there s to this complex province than The Shipping News

    18. Kerri on said:

      Started off with lots of promise funny, fresh perspective and insightful Got bogged down through the middle and lacked focus to the end Maybe his travels deep in NF and Labrador depressed him To be fair to Gimlette, I m a recovering St John s girl who harbours a deep and sore frustration with Newfoundland politics and history.

    19. Jen on said:

      I ve just barely cracked the book but I m excited about it based on the reviews and the fact that I ve wanted to visit Newfoundland for a long time This is probably based on having romanticized the island through listening to Great Big Sea and reading several wonderful novels set there.

    20. Hope on said:

      interesting book based on my field workand travels in Labrador I read it in preparation for a trip to Newfoundland He did not cover the obvious travel spots, but that gave it of a feel for the people.

    21. Frances on said:

      An excellent accompaniment to our trip to Newfoundland The author provided an interesting commentary on life in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as a nice amount of history It definitely made me eager to return and explore .

    22. Bill on said:

      One of the best travel history narratives I ve read Tragically comedic with startlingly wonderful prose Look forward to reading of his books Also looking forward to reading about Newfoundland Recommend for fans of The Shipping News and Kurlanks s Cod.

    23. Richard McColl on said:

      Don t get me wrong, I think Gimlette is a breath of fresh air to the travel writing industry and genre and while I found the history and anecdotes of this part of Canada so very interesting, this is not his best.

    24. Terra on said:

      Dude, MORE excellence from J Gimlette More absurd adjectives, surrealist portraits of odd backwaters, and general weird enjoyment With salty characters, bits of history, and a lot of fish I vote yes, and continue working my way through the Gimlette section.

    25. Clint on said:

      Interesting reading about a lesser known part of the world Gimlette does a excellent job of painting a picture of the struggles that the people of Newfounland and Labrador have, and continue to face.

    26. Sara on said:

      I was almost done with this book, when I committed the mortal sin of leaving it on an airplane sigh I will have to get another copy somehowbut I do hope that the one I abandoned has found a new home.

    27. Marc on said:

      Part history, part family memoir, part travelogue, part social commentary this is a hard book to write, and Gimlette does his best to maintain narrative flow and reader interest, but Theatre of Fish shows why travel writing isn t his day job

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