I love Kurlansky's books.
I read Cod when it first came out and I loved that some guy had taken something like a fish and written a clever and informative book about such a seemingly prosaic commodity.
I then listened to Salt via Audible. I enjoyed it, and could see how Kurlansky's interest in salt would probably have been piqued by what he found out while writing Cod.
So I bought Birdseye. I can see how Krulansky's interest would have been piqued in Birdseye whilst writing either book, but, as interesting as Birdseye's story is, it is just one step too far removed from the main theme somehow.
I enjoyed it, it finished it (there are others that I have not, so this says something) but I wouldn't really recommend it unless one didn't really have anything else to read / listen to. In that case, it is a reasonably interesting way to fill some time.
And yes, as a previous reviewer has mentioned, the narrator is not all that one might hope for.
I love Vietnam books. I've been there, and I love Vietnam. I liked Apocalypse Now. This book, I just couldn't get in to.
There may have been a time when introspection regarding Vietnam and the was was fresh and novel, but that time has passed and we live in a new and different world.
I couldn't even finish listening to this, it was too drawn out and dreary.
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