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Salmon Fishing In The Yemen | [Paul Torday]

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

Author Paul Torday makes his debut with this clever absurdist novel. Fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones is approached by an extravagantly wealthy sheik with a novel plan. To foster goodwill, the sheik would like to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen - the same Yemen that is largely a desert - and politicians think it's a great idea.
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Publisher's Summary

Author Paul Torday makes his debut with this clever absurdist novel. Fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones is approached by an extravagantly wealthy sheik with a novel plan. To foster goodwill, the sheik would like to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen - the same Yemen that is largely a desert - and politicians think it's a great idea.

©2007 Paul Torday; (P)2007 Orin Publiching Group Ltd.

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A remarkably assured first novel, this one is a pure delight." (Booklist)

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    Sarah San Antonio, TX, United States 10-22-13
    Sarah San Antonio, TX, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely book"
    If you could sum up Salmon Fishing In The Yemen in three words, what would they be?

    Lovely, very British


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Torday? Why or why not?

    Yes, combines humor, spirit, sorrow into a simply story. Unique.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't explain why I liked this book so much, but I did! Loved it and was sad to have it end. Whimsical yet very grounded. Had a few parts that dragged, but those parts helped tell the story.

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    R. Keighron Mt. Holly, NC 01-14-13
    R. Keighron Mt. Holly, NC 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A great story told well!"

    I had wanted to read this before seeing the movie - enjoyed the performances! Held my interest well, good nuances and very expressive. Highly recommended.

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    Scott EASTON, MD, United States 07-09-12
    Scott EASTON, MD, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Haven't seen the movie but really enjoyed the book"
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    Good read. Had a little bit of everything in it. Politics, satire, comedy, relationships and some fishing. I would highly recommend it. Don't let the title fool you. Fishing is part of the story but really only plays a minor role.

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    Babette 05-14-12
    Babette 05-14-12 Member Since 2004
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    "So much better than the movie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Salmon Fishing In The Yemen to be better than the print version?

    For me the audio version is always better. Listening is like going to a play with my eyes closed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was different - not the usual hum drum subjects that I get tired of no matter how well written


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Glad I went to the movie before listening to the book. The other way around I would have been disappointed.


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    Amazon Customer Mableton GA 05-11-12
    Amazon Customer Mableton GA 05-11-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Seriously funny"

    Before reading, I mean hearing this book, I'd never considered fly-fishing, but now....
    The book is original, clever, and bitingly funny. Thoughtful, too. The elegant writing is matched by the reading and production. The readers/actors did a wonderful job of accents and expressions. I may listen to it again just for the pleasure of it.
    This was my introduction to Paul Torday, taken up at the recommedation of a friend. I'm going to look for more of his work right now.

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    William Fernandina Beach, FL, United States 08-01-12
    William Fernandina Beach, FL, United States 08-01-12
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    "Distracted by the British bureaucracy/philosophy"
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    I didn't like the premise of the book, valuable researchers' resource redirected to the pleasure of a man's desire to go fishing. The concept of "researchers working only in fear of losing their job", ordered by higher-ups to make the salmon fishing happen so that they can get rich, was personally appalling. I can't help but put myself in the story, and I would have to say that I don't enjoy living other people's frustration.

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