Books read: “The Finest Kind: The Fishermen of Gloucester”

Books read: “The Finest Kind: The Fishermen of Gloucester”

I just finished reading “The Finest Kind: The Fishermen of Gloucester” by Kim Bartlett. If you read ““The Perfect Storm”, you’ll want to read “The Finest Kind.” As for myself, since my grandfather was a Gloucester fisherman for many years until he retired in the mid-Sixties, I wanted to make the connection with him.

I had picked the book up during our honeymoon last August during our evening in Bar Harbor and finally got around to reading it after finishing the last book in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series.

First, the book is an accurate depiction of the ways and mannerisms of blue-collar working men. In other words, they swear a lot. If you can’t handle that, perhaps you’ll prefer Linda Greenlaw’s “The Hungry Ocean,” a book I also enjoyed.

Lacking in sentimentality, but inspiring nonetheless

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