Salmon Fishing in the Yemen An extraordinary beguiling tale of fly fishing and political spinning of unexpected heroism and late blooming love and of an attempt to prove the impossible possible

  • Title: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Author: Paul Torday John Sessions Samantha Bond Fenella Woolgar
  • ISBN: 9780752888699
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • An extraordinary, beguiling tale of fly fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late blooming love, and of an attempt to prove the impossible, possible.

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    1. The book got off to an interesting start, and held my attention, but I found it, ultimately, disappointing. Its biggest weakness was its lack of subtlety. For me, satire relies on an insidious subtlety that helps to separate it from outright farce. In this case, the satire would have been much more effective if it hadn't been applied so thickly. Some characters, especially Mary, never seem to be real people and are more like cartoon characters or pantomime dames - overdrawn and 2D, with their fa [...]

    2. An absolute delightful parody/satire on politics, power and unlimited sources of money. An epistolary tale with high drama woven into the plot. I loved this relaxing read! RECOMMENDED to lovers of British novels and everyone else who would enjoy the beautiful scenery of Yemen, and the intrigue behind belief of any kind.

    3. If I could give this book minus 10 stars, I would. Really hated this - meretricious sexist facile rubbish. The wife is a lazy stereotype, a cliched nag, the new girl smells like 'peaches.' Let's destroy the environment while having a bit of 'faith'. 'Faith' in the sense of not questioning, not using your intelligence. 'Faith' in the sheikh spending millions of pounds which belong to the people of the Yemen to fulfill his extravagant, trivial and ultimately cruel desires? Ugh ugh ugh. Exactly wha [...]

    4. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is an excellent book, original, intriguing and for the most part very engaging, although sometimes it seemed to get repetitive.

    5. This was a great read! One of those books that is a good story right from the start. I was initially a bit surprised to see that the story was told through a collection of correspondence, diary entries, government documents, interviews and so on and this made me a little uncertain about this book, but that didn't last any longer than a couple of pages. I don't know why I was unsure about the format at first, as it reminded me a bit of 84, Charing Cross Road and The Guernsey Literary and Potato P [...]

    6. I want to say something about adult conversation: I hate it. I hate the mind-games, the war words, the power struggles. I am fully aware of the fact that there is a lucrative quality to adult conversation, but I would rather be poor.Now I want to say something about this book: I loved it, and it is about adult conversation. In fact, it is nothing but adult conversation. And even though I hate adult conversation, I loved every page of this book. I found it to be hilarious, compelling, political, [...]

    7. Well, having salmon introduced in the Yemeni waters is the least of the preposterous going-ons in this book. Where to start? It could have been a sweet story but the characters are not up to scratch - I found the politicians too inept to be true for example - and the epistolary style is full of unconvincing moments, and what about that ending, lol. Disappointing.

    8. You know this, right? Yemen, previously called “The Yemen,” lies on the fringe of the Arabian Peninsula as is best known today as a world-class producer of sand, desert heat, and political violence. Salmon are, of course, cold-water fish that are challenging to catch with a rod and reel but taste all the better once caught. So, we’re on the same page, yes?Now consider the chances of finding a novel that adroitly mixes not just Yemen and salmon fishing but also the British Parliament, Al Qa [...]

    9. Holy boring drivel, Batman! Seriously, this book is boooooooring. I can see what Torday was going for, and there was clearly a great deal of research that went into the writing of 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'. But unfortunately a well-researched subject matter and good literary intentions do not, a good novel, make. His mish-mash of formats was, I believe, intended to liven up the story somewhat, and keep the reader interested by constantly changing the narrative voice. A good plan in theory, b [...]

    10. Meh. I guess I'll give this a three. It was okay I guess. But I didn't love it.Maybe it's a function of the ADD/internet-addled generation, but the new epistolary novel seems to be a pastiche of e-mails, interviews, memos, etc all of which are far more informative and lyrical than actual e-mails, interviews, and memos would be in real life. After tolerating this style in Where'd You Go, Bernadette and The Lawgiver, it's getting old for me and was a bit of a turnoff in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen [...]

    11. A fascinating tale of dreams and how they can sometimes consume us but most often will set us free, if only we let them!So we meet Dr. Jones, a gentleman academic and scientist married to an obnoxious woman (I hate to say this about any woman, even a fictional one, but she is really just awful), who is thrust headfirst into a bizarre project at the whim of a wealthy sheikh. The sheikh who is a visionary, a wise man and a keen salmon fishing enthusiast (a potent combination), dreams of seeing sal [...]

    12. Where was I when this came out in 2007? When I discovered this title recently in someone else’s TBR list, I immediately added to my own. The novel is an absurdist romp with a heart of gold (and romance). I belly-laughed through the first bits, looked askance at the portion where the Prime Minister’s aide imagines a quiz show in Pakistan, and couldn’t wait to find out the result of the ridiculous, bound-to-fail salmon fishery in Yemen. I wanted to believe, as the sheik says.This worthy nove [...]

    13. Actual rating 3.5*I would have rated this book a four but I did not really care much for the ending. It seemed to leap out at me rather quickly and then conclude in an uneasy fashion. The writing was really good and I thought the idea was pretty original (salmon fishing in Yemen? Absurd!!) I also really liked some of the characters: the scientist’s ultra dull wife and the British politician were very well done. This book is told from a lot of different points of views, from diaries and journal [...]

    14. A light enjoyable read that is easily devoured in a few sittings. It's a quirkily impressive debut novel from a 60 year old engineer/fisherman! It is laced with humour and optimism as well as taking a satirical swipe at Yes Ministering and spin doctoring. The format of diary extracts, emails, interviews and articles is used throughout to good effect to flesh out the story and main characters who are largely sympathetically drawn, though the machinations of the the PM's Director of Communications [...]

    15. Really enjoyable read, I liked the development of the main characters to understanding their motivation to beinvolved in the title project.

    16. I really liked that book, but (and maybe that's because I read it after watching the film) I have a (wee) problem with the ending. Being the rest of the novel so cynical, surely a spark of hope at the end wouldn't have been too much to ask?The format of the novel is clever and entertaining (although I enjoyed some bits more than others, of course, my favourites being Fred's diary entries), and it makes the irony of it all even more obvious. Because what Salmon Fishing in the Yemen does is to poi [...]

    17. So the author, Paul Torday, decided that he wanted to make a film starring Hugh Grant and a younger woman. Hmmm, what can the story be about? Must have a catchy title so that the plot can be developed from that. Something, unusual like those tractors in Ukraine perhaps, or the fridge in Ireland that's good, an odd object and an intriguing country. So Salmon Fishing and the Yemen was this a bet? Good start. Now Hugh Grant how can we work him into this title?Oh for goodness sake. I read about 2 [...]

    18. “Samon Fishing in the Yemen.” was a quick read. I sort of liked it but I just thought it could have been so much better. I have just ambivalent feelings about this book.I will just number what I thought.1. Some characters, specifically Mary, did not seem to be real people to me either. I can understand why a woman can be so single-mindedly career-driven but Mary was just a cardboard cutout that I think Paul Torday wanted us to hate her. The sheikh character sounds like an overdrawn picture o [...]

    19. A very good book, indeed. But what's best about it is not the plot but the fact that Torday knows both cultures, his British culture as well as the Middle Eastern culture (though I have to add that a few aspects are not correctly portrayed), very well.I do like the personae of Sheikh Muhammad. He represents us when it comes to faith and belief: 'We believe that faith is the cure that heals all troubles.' However, he does not represent us when it comes to drinking wine, which is one of the terrib [...]

    20. Im not trying to convince anyone that this is a great piece of classical literature some of the charactrs are steriotypes, infact most of them in truth but it was witty engaging and fun and i loved some of the things it said about the middle east as its too often protrayed as a country of sexist terrorists by the tabloids. I loved: The seikh (sorry i cant remember how to spell that) Collin the gilly (reminds me of a gilly i know)The email & diary format was fun and quirky The absurdity Alfre [...]

    21. There were parts of this novel I liked - I thought the satire of bureaucratic pseudo-politeness was pretty funny, and I found the discussion of faith a little underdeveloped, but still interesting.The female characters kind of killed it for me, though. Alfred's wife just seemed like a lazy cliche - I couldn't find her believable in the least. It seemed like she was being used mainly so we felt less guilty about wanting Alfred to get together with Harriet, who in turn also seemed to be being set- [...]

    22. This came up in an article yesterday, and I said to myself, Hang on -- I might have read that??Yes, yes, I had. And forgotten completely that I had read it. Everything about it -- characters, plot, the works. Which is not something I've ever done with a book before. So: ultimately forgettable? I can't tell you anything more, as it apparently did not elicit any emotions/memory/response.But adding so if I'm ever tempted to pick it up again, I can read this review.

    23. Je to dobrá satira. Ale pro mě momentálně nějak nemá smysl přečíst všech 300 stran. Nenutí mě to číst dál a dál. Takže končím ve třetině a jdu na něco jiného. Oddechovka je to milá a postavy naplňují ty škatulky, které by měly, v jiném rozpoložení bych si to možná užila víc.

    24. Ewan McGregor es mi actor favorito en todo el mundo y he seguido su carrera desde que tenía 14 años (hace 16 años) y Salmon fishing in the Yemen es una de sus tantas películas, así que cuando vi el libro paseando por la librería, aunque me había prometido no comprar más libros en un intento de ahorrar, no me pude contener. Si me gustó la película, sabía que el libro me iba a encantar. Además de que era una edición de bolsillo bastante sencilla, y a mi me encantan ese tipo de edicion [...]

    25. he Fisherman's Chant, Impossibility and Belief, August 23, 2007 4.5 stars The Fisherman's chant Rod/reel,Flask/creel, Net/fly book/, And lunch! "Paul Torday's debut novel is about an impossibility. It is also about belief in the impossible, and belief itself. And the remarkable thing is that a book about so deeply serious a matter can make you laugh, all the way to a last twist that's as sudden and shocking as a barbed hook" Tim MacIntosh-Smith Jay Vent, the British prime minister, has his count [...]

    26. My Dad read a lot. But he read things you could learn stuff from (gardening, wildlife, natural history, woodworking, diy, history, military, politics, etc books) or biographies/autobiographies of sportsmen or military persons. So much so that when he passed away and my Mum came with us to his flat, she remarked that copy of The Bourne Identity was the first novel she had ever seen in his possession. And she had been married to the man for 15 years at one time.So that being said, the only novel m [...]

    27. Should we believe in belief?Belief is not necessarily religious. When you trust that something will happen or come before it actually does, you are believing in that something. Religions probably take up a huge chunk of examples, so do love and good human nature.If you believe there is a Mr. or Ms. Right out there for you, you're believing in love and/or fate.If you have confidence that you will achieve something which for now still appears way out of your league, you're also believing in a beli [...]

    28. A lightly satirical novel about a rational scientist who unwillingly gets involved in an absurd fishing project at the request of the British Prime Minister. This project brings him into contact with a sheikh from Yemen whose simple, faith-inspired wisdom gradually melts the scientist's attitude.However it is not a book to answer the questions it raises by pointing in any one direction, it only effectively stirs up thought about things which are complacently taken for granted in the western worl [...]

    29. This is an odd book. The premise is wonderful: a middle-aged male scientist is approached by a young-ish woman to help a Yemeni sheihk develop a salmon fishing experience for his countrymen. Add the lovely thoughts that it would be a miracle to bring this scenario to the Middle East. A miracle of science - but also a miracle of faith. I loved the main characters - genuine, well-developed, worthy of reflection. Beyond this, though, things get out-of-joint.I think the author meant to highlight the [...]

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