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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Torday, Paul (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Dr. Alfred Jones is a henpecked, slightly pompous middle-aged scientist at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London when he is approached by a mysterious sheikh about an outlandish plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen. Dr. Jones refuses, but the project, however scientifically absurd, catches the eye of British politicians, who pressure him to work on it. His diaries of the Yemen Salmon Project, from beginning to glorious, tragic end, form the narrative backbone of this novel; interspersed throughout are government memos, e-mails, letters, and interview transcripts that deftly capture the absurdity of bureaucratic dysfunction.With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters#151;including a weasel-like spin doctor, a missing soldier and his intrepid fiancée, and Dr. Jones's own devilish wife#151;Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the whimsical story of an unlikely hero who discovers true love, finds himself first a pawn and then a victim of political spin, and learns to believe in the impossible.
Authors: Torday, Paul, 1946-2013
Title: Salmon fishing in the Yemen
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 333 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Paul Torday
ISBN: 0151012768
9780151012763
Branch Call Number: FICTION TORDAY
Subject Headings: Yemen (Republic) Fiction London (England) Fiction Bureaucracy Fiction Fisheries Great Britain Fiction Salmon fishing Fiction
Topical Term: Bureaucracy
Fisheries
Salmon fishing
LCCN: 2006033713
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Feb 13, 2013
  • sharon711 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Alfred Jones is our quintessential scientist. His career highlight: Effects of increased water acidity on the caddis fly larva. His life is turned on end when he’s ordered to take on the impossible: introducing salmon into a wadi in Yemen. How this assignment affects his life and that of people close to him propels the plot. Never dull, the story twists its way to its surprising end. One thing is sure. As the sheik affirms: faith is the cure that heals all troubles. Without faith there is no hope and no love. This story, told through diary entries, newspaper articles, Hansard records and journal items (all forms of written communication) presents a powerful picture of the conflict between science, politics, and religion. At the core I think it's about the failures of communication. All the main story lines end poorly for the characters mainly because of inept communication with the people who matter. A clever novel at its heart and an entertaining read on the surface. Highly recommended!

Feb 13, 2013
  • sharon711 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Alfred Jones is our quintessential scientist. His career highlight: Effects of increased water acidity on the caddis fly larva. His life is turned on end when he’s ordered to take on the impossible: introducing salmon into a wadi in Yemen. How this assignment affects his life and that of people close to him propels the plot. Never dull, the story twists its way to its surprising end. One thing is sure. As the sheik affirms: faith is the cure that heals all troubles. Without faith there is no hope and no love. This story, told through diary entries, newspaper articles, Hansard records and journal items (all forms of written communication) presents a powerful picture of the conflict between science, politics, and religion. At the core I think it's about the failures of communication. All the main story lines end poorly for the characters mainly because of inept communication with the people who matter. A clever novel at its heart and an entertaining read on the surface. Highly recommended!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Sanrin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wealthy sheik from Yemen who loves salmon fishing develops a vision to build a water system in his country to enable his people to experience the peace and fellowship he himself has experienced fishing in Scotland. He enlists the help of a skeptical scientist with a British fisheries agency and a competent young project manager.

The beginning is interesting, as the scientist struggles with his skepticism and the narrow, political nature of his world, as he is confronted by the warmth and compelling nature of the sheik's vision and faith.

The story unfortunately grows more fantastical towards the middle, and the ending feels like a convenient shortcut, rather like like the endings in Agatha Christie mysteries where the murderer helpfully commits suicide so that the implications of the crimes don't need to be addressed.

But an enjoyable read.

Oct 02, 2012
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

an average book that didn't really hold my interest as I found it a little bland and unbelievable. It certainly doesn't inspire me to see the film.

Feb 15, 2012
  • catincharge rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really well done. Reminded me at times of the old 'Yes, Minister' TV series crossed with 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand'. Very effective story telling.

Jul 31, 2011
  • rjamesevans rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. It is an unusual combination of an amusing cynical parody of political and business life (in the UK but it could be here) and a romantic, strangely affecting moral and romantic tale. Very clever! RJE

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