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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen | [Paul Torday]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weasely Peter Mandelson-type figure.
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Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weasely Peter Mandelson-type figure.

The "Yes Minister" comparisons are justified (and there is some brilliant, hilarious political and bureaucratic satire here), but at its heart, this is the story of a hen-pecked, slightly pompous, middle-aged scientist who finds himself caught up in what seems like an impossible project, and of how this project changes his life. In the process, he becomes an unlikely and rather loveable hero, discovers true love for himself, finds himself both a pawn and then a victim of political spin, leaves his brilliantly horrible wife, and learns to believe in the impossible. And he takes the listener with him in the process.

©2007 Paul Torday; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

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  • Charles
    Broxbourne, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "QUITE MARVELLOUS"

    My wife and I listened to this book on a long car journey in France. I normally find driving long distances very tedious. However this book made the whole journey a real delight. We did not want the journey or the book to come to an end. It has everything, romance,drama,comedy and politics. My wife does not normally listen to books and prefers the classics but even she was taken with this story and the presentation. One piece of advice - do not see the film before listening to the book it will spoil the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kendall
    UK
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Don't rent the film - listen to this!"

    Luckily I listened to this book before watching the dvd, the film is OK where it remains true to the plot but it veers off with a Hollywood happy ending which frankly is an insult to the author who put this great plot together. It's done in such an innovative style, expressed as it is in a mixture of emails, memos, reports, letters. It's brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Semple
    Deal
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Much more complex than the film"

    What a wonderful and enviable imagination Paul Torday has and what a magical and fascinating book. This book should not be rejected as a book about fishing! Important as this is in the story, it is far more complex and deep and has much to teach us about relationships and about human endeavour.

    The setting of the book is probably unfamiliar to most readers but Paul Torday is able to take us from London to Scotland to the Yemen so that we can see these places.

    The characters were both funny and desperately serious and sometimes sad - a great skill shown by the author to sketch the characters so well.

    This book did translate well to film but I'm very pleased that I read it before seeing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Innsbruck, Austria
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Funny, wise and human, all in one"

    I confess that I'd not heard of this book and picked it up because of its quirky name. As an audiobook, it delighted me. I loved the narration, enjoyed the structure of the book and the way it moved from character to character. It made me smile a great deal, laugh out loud on a few occasions and dab away a tear towards the end.



    Who could ask for more?



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Absorbing and entertaining"

    I initially resisted this title because I tend to want to discover books by myself and avoid those that are hyped or that "everyone's reading". How wrong I was - this story is warm and engaging, and totally deserves the hype and the "everyone's reading" it status.



    I enjoyed the fact that the main character Fred Jones wasn't your archetypal hero, more of a Mr Average who actually doesn't do anything extraordinary, but who is so likeable. The letters, emails, diary entries and reports that make up the narrative felt surprisingly inventive and absorbing. The comedy and satire of the surface reading are under-pinned by thought-provoking themes of loss, faith, and failure.



    Lots to enjoy, and a recommended audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carole
    United Kingdom
    11/5/12
    Overall
    "Book versus Film"

    Read the book first then went to see the film!

    Film had a different fairy tale ending - not so in the book!

    Quite interesting twist on the political side !

    Not an all time great but good fun to read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    9/16/12
    Overall
    "very enjoyable and engaging"

    Really enjoyed this book. Gentle and engaging. Listened to it on holiday. Interesting and relaxing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    FROME, United Kingdom
    7/1/12
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    "A jolly good listen !"

    I really am enjoying listening to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen , I love the story and I love the way it is read and clearly I like the way it is written with a mixture of notes to diary,emails etc.It is not depressing at all in fact I think uplifting is the word I would use . All you need is a bit of faith.....Enjoy , I certainly did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
    6/10/12
    Overall
    "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"

    A fast moving tale with intrigue to keep one reading, good story, plausible up to the end when one knows something dire is about to happen and it does. Highly recommend this for a summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    London, United Kingdom
    5/3/12
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    "Truly awful English whimsy"

    A trite, slight, Guardian Reader of a book. English whimsy at its worst. If it were possible to get my money back I'd request it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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