Thursday, July 30, 2009

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

This is the story of Dr Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist - for whom diary -notable events include the acquisition of a new electric toothbrush and getting his article on caddis fly larvae published in 'Trout and Salmon' - who finds himself reluctantly involved in a project to bring salmon fishing to the Highlands of the Yemen - a project that will change his life, and the course of British political history forever. With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters - including a visionary Sheikh, a weasely spin doctor, Fred's devilish wife and a few thousand transplanted salmon - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a novel about hypocrisy and bureaucracy, dreams and deniability, and the transforming power of faith and love.

Now I dunno what it is about Paul Torday's writing, but so far (this is the 2nd book of his I've read) I'm loving it! And this book is so in no way at all like Wilberforce. This was just a beautiful story of passion for an impossible idea. And had an ending I certainly didn't see coming. I highly recommend this writer :)

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1 comment:

Tamara said...

Sounds interesting. I didn't know fishing could ;-)

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