[Reading] ➰ Havboka, eller Kunsten å fange en kempehaj fra en gummibåt på et stort hav gjennom fire årstider ➸ Morten A. Strøksnes – Stevemiddleton.info
William Finnegan, author ofBarbarian Days , says in his review The Greenland shark is the bait, but the point is not to catch the fish That s for sure The point is to follow Str ksnes as he thinks long and hard about the sea and introduces you to what it looks like from northern Norway Long is this country Most of it to the north, Str ksnes quotes from a poem.My favorite thing about this book is how foreign it is to this American reader If you think a Norwegian, a Western European after all, is close to us tribally, listen to him go on about fishing and think again The author and his buddy, Hugo, want to catch a Greenland shark which can reach an age of four, maybe even five hundred years That makes it by far the oldest vertebrate on the planet The shark we re going to catch could have been swimming slowly around in some dark oceanic abyss well before the Mayflower set sail for the new colony of Virginia, or even a hundred years earlier, when Nicolaus Copernicus concluded that the earth is orbiting the sun It could be half the age of Methuselah So why catch and kill one in 2017 He addresses that question a couple times, never to my satisfaction, leaving me to think Norwegian fishing culture is delightfully foreign now please leave the shark alone view spoiler The book ends with a whimper Actually, I can t quite tell what happened There s an unclear description of a fishing event, which could be my poor comprehension, Str ksnes unclear writing, or the translation But like William Finnegan, I took the bait and enjoyed it hide spoiler At the Northwest of Norway far above the North Sea lie the Lofoten islands The waters here are incredibly deep and lurking at the bottom of them is s relic from the past, the Greenland shark This is one species of sleeper sharks, and they have been known to live up to 400 years As they live at depth, their flesh is toxic from the saturation of trimethylamine N oxide, giving those that eat it a hallucinogenic trance, however, this does not stop the Icelandic people eating it There has been a long history of the residents of these islands doing all they can to catch one of these one tonne creatures It is a task made much harder because of the depth they swim at, they roll the moment they sense they have been caught and their sandpaper like skin snaps fishing line so a chain has to be used at the end of the line But first, you have to find one Morten Str ksnes and his friend Hugo think that they can catch one too They have the rods, lines and chain, the innards of a bull that stick to high heaven and an awful lot of optimism, and a very small rubber boat Should all be fine shouldn t it This is an account of a mad quest to catch one of the great sharks of the deep ocean, however, this book is than that Hunting one of these creatures involves Morten and Hugo sitting in a tiny boat for hours on end, and that gives them time to think, to talk and contemplate the wider questions on life the universe and everything Hence the book covers an array of fascinating subjects such as mythology and science As it is an island, the weather changes constantly as the warmth from the from the Gulf Stream meets the cold air from the Arctic and the way that Str ksnes prose describes this and the stark beauty of the land and seascapes around the Lofoten islands is quite special. Kunsten Fange En Kjempehai Fra En Gummib T P Et Stort Hav Gjennom Fire RstiderTo Menn I En Liten B T Et Monster I Havdypet Under Dem Det Er Er Utgangspunktet For Havboka Fra Den Lille Ya Skrova Utenfor Lofoten Unders Kes Havet Gjennom Historie, Fortellinger, Vitenskap, Poesi Og Mytologi Hav Er Opphav, Og Rommer De Utroligste Livsformer For Forfatteren Blir Havet En Rik Kile Til Forundringm Nye Innsikter Og Salte Eventyr 2.25 Stars.This was a total cover and title buy, which proved to be not my best decision all in all I struggled with the whole idea of this book and really, that there was not a whole lot of plot Honestly, to me this read like a small encyclopedia covering the oceans and, in particular, the North norwegian Sea The information given in this book is totally interesting, I m not denying that, and there are a ton of depressing facts about the dying of our oceans, all the varying species in it and therefore plain and simple the dying of our planet that should open the eyes of people all around If I had known this is what the book concerned itself most with, I d have read it in another headspace and maybe enjoyed a little Since it s a novel, though, I struggled with all the facts that were constantly thrown in my face Also, while the author, who s writing in first person, accepts all these terrible facts about our exploited, polluted oceans and relays them to the reader, he is still fully invested in the fishing and mass killing of marine animals How could you ever write a book containing all these damning, terrible data and numbers and still go and kill a shark just for the hell of it That just makes me sick Five stars to this wonderful read.An amazingly true story two old friends a tiny rubber boat a shark hunt.Also a fantastic look at life at all the ocean holds their own unique personalitys.A unique quirky book that you will love, I knew nothing about Greenland Sharks, before reading this true life adventure story but I learned a lot about this prehistoric beast, along with many other marine life tales I also loved the Lofoten Island setting Sounds completely magical. Stroke of genius That s what this book is.Seriously Deserves 5 stars, but 2 are held back just on technicalities.Remember Monty Python s and now for something completely different Well that s this book I needed a break between navel temperature taking, WWII bouts, and classics and this was absolutely perfect, a random find in Libby when searching for some other topic or author I love sharks, and so was instantly hooked Saw the name and was all over it Jumped it to the top of the list and started listening immediately.The gist of this book is contained in the title Shark Drunk The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean The author sweeps you into Norway in a rather Micheneresque manner from the beginning of time to the boat ride of a lifetime and all that goes with it With his handy friend, artist, Hugo, and the author opine upon and provide so entertaining a history of their many runs at this project that this reader was entranced This is not to say this is a romp, or a bright day s picnic in daffodils oh no All is overlaid with a hearty, thick Norwegian grey There are tales of victories, of death, of poetry, books and ancient gods and their wisdom There are scientific considerations of the large and small in the seas that are traversed by the little rubber boats and many boats that have gone before As a reader you are treated to new experiences like the smell of rotting scottish cattle flesh, the particular cutting patterns of various shark jaws, the parasites of eyeballs, and the startling curious eye of a killer whale cub run away from his minders you learn stuff like sperm whales having the biggest brains that have ever been.who knew why do they let us run rampant over them Anyway I could go on but you should go mine this fun book on your own But make sure you are ready save this for when you are 150% ready for something completely different Those two stars I took away I can t even tell you It will ruin everything Last 8 minutes There that s as far as I ll go And have a fleece or a cover nearby You get cold reading I really enjoyed this book It is not too epic, it is about life at sea, life in the far north It is about adventure, seemingly meaningless feat But for someone, it can be fulfilling I believe sometimes, I am that someone too. This is an absolutely awesome book, even though it s a bit all over the place sometimes You could really just open it anywhere and start reading, because the chronology isn t all that important Parts of the book are just interesting ocean facts, others are just random anecdotes or dreamlike sections, and then the narrative returns to the storyline of catching a Greenland shark That story sometimes just feels like an excuse to write a book about the ocean and the north And that s ok. Two friends, a writer and an artist, try to catch a Greenland Shark from a small boat in northern Norway Yes, the name of the shark is a bit misleading in Norway and Sweden it s known as bitch shark While they wait and wait, and wait, and wait, and the damn shark proves ever so elusive the writer lets his mind wander how did they get here, how did the shark get here, what do they do here, etc The book covers everything from the history of life on the planet to the minutiae of life in a northern fishing village, from ecology to mythology By the time he namechecks Schalansky s Atlas of Remote Islands I ve already slotted this book right along side it in my mental vault Meditative, intelligent, funny, occasionally a bit maudlin but I m glad this was my last read of 2017.