The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town

By Mark Kurlansky
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6.33 Hours 06/03/2008 unabridged
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Fishing at sea, an ancient trade and a way of life that has defined coastal towns throughout history, may be coming to an end. The culture and traditions of coastal Britain and of seagoing nations everywhere are now threatened with extinction. Celebrated author Mark Kurlansky explores the fate of our oceans and the decline of our most ancient coastal enterprise. The book sends up a timely distress flare, one that brilliantly illuminates a colorful, exuberant, and poignant landscape, from Newlyn in Cornwall to Gloucester in Massachusetts. The result is a cultural, economic, environmental, and culinary bouillabaisse, the most compelling fish tale of our time.

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Summary

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Fishing at sea, an ancient trade and a way of life that has defined coastal towns throughout history, may be coming to an end. The culture and traditions of coastal Britain and of seagoing nations everywhere are now threatened with extinction. Celebrated author Mark Kurlansky explores the fate of our oceans and the decline of our most ancient coastal enterprise. The book sends up a timely distress flare, one that brilliantly illuminates a colorful, exuberant, and poignant landscape, from Newlyn in Cornwall to Gloucester in Massachusetts. The result is a cultural, economic, environmental, and culinary bouillabaisse, the most compelling fish tale of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Part treatise, part miscellany, unfailingly entertaining.” New York Times 
“Fascinating stuff...[Kurlansky] has a keen eye for odd facts and natural detail.” Wall Street Journal
“Suffused with [Kurlansky’s] pleasure in exploring the city across ground that hasn’t already been covered with other writers’ footprints.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A delightful, intimate history and contemporary portrait of the quintessential northeastern coastal fishing town…vividly depicts the contemporary tension between the traditional fishing trade and modern commerce.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Kurlansky brings his storytelling elan to the fishing town of Gloucester, Mass…Such a multicultural place suits this author perfectly; he can revel in the local color, peek into the corners and under the floorboards…Kurlansky offers a broad, intelligent examination into the decline of the fisheries….A lucent addition to Gloucester’s town treasury, featuring a wealth of dramatic stories.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Mark Kurlansky

Marl Kurlansky is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest nonfiction, including The Big Oyster. He is especially known for titles on eclectic topics. His 1997 book Cod was an international bestseller and was translated into more than fifteen languages.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English