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5.0 out of 5 starsAN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE!
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
This book is everything I love in a book. Great writing and a great story. I bought it because I enjoyed his earlier work and was pleasantly surprised to find that it is completely different from his other work. His writing has soul. The technique he uses of alternating between telling the story of his voyage to Rum Cay island and the history and shady things that go on there make it hard to put the book down. I've never been fishing but Fred Waitzkin has the remarkable ability to make you feel as if you are actually there. You see the colors and feel the ocean spray. I love that feeling of being transported while reading, and his powers of observation and description are top notch. You find yourself getting to know the people he writes about and you get sucked into the drama and mystery. The sections of writing where he describes his inner thoughts are priceless. An added bonus is the inclusion of fantastic drawings made by one of the crewmen. All in all this is an absolute masterpiece.
5.0 out of 5 starsSharks beneath the sparkling surface
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2019
I started reading Deep Water Blues around midnight thinking I’d dip into it a little and then sleep. I was wrong. I enjoyed the story and the way it was told so much that I lost track of time and read straight through till I finished it at 3.30 a.m! I now have two pleasures to look forward to. Reading Deep Water Blues again. And going deep water fishing with Fred Waitzkin one day! Most people are comfortably blind to the dramas unfolding in the people whose lives they touch. Not Fred Waitzkin. He sees below the surface of life as if he is snorkeling though it, watching the curling sharks single out their overconfident prey. Whilst some novelists give you characters who are “larger than life” Waitzkin gives you characters that are the very essence of life itself. From his fishing companions to the denizens of Rum Cay the truth of his cast of personalities is beyond question. They people his world and bring life to its dramas and comedies so seamlessly that we understand instinctively what attracts them to him and him to them. I've not been to Rum Cay but, thanks to Fred I have shared its first beginnings, it’s glory days as an ‘in' spot for the high-ranking deep water fishing set, it’s tragic downfall and the subsequent redemption of its crazed poster-boy king via an unlikely – or perhaps not – life of caring animal husbandry. Fred Waitzkin has a way of getting inside the people he meets along the path of his extraordinary life and bringing them us lovingly as part of his own ongoing adventure. And then there is the fishing. Without the aggressive machismo of Hemingway Fred brings us aboard his beloved old boat and skippers us from Bimini through the far-flung islands of the Bahamas trolling, spinning, hooking, maneuvering, reeling in generously willing success for his crew of old friends the releasing the magnificent marlins or capturing the succulent mahi mami for a celebratory feast. His love of the sport and his knowledge of the seas that sustain it are a gift he offers us effortlessly and with real affection.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe challenges and rewards I reader enjoys
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2019
Readers who appreciate savoring a slow read of fine writing will face a hard choice reading Deep Water Blues. While they will revel in the evocative descriptions of the ocean and the island and engage with the psychological challenges of both the main character and Fred Waitzkin as narrator and reflective eye, the dramatic plot demands that one incessantly look forward to the next incident, the next turn of the page.
I sat down for a leisurely, pleasurable read. Pleasurable it was, but I didn’t put the book down until I had read it–in one sitting.
Unless you have a burning desire for more testosterone-driven pissing contests in your life, pass this one by. I made it about half way through before deciding that I've already had enough "guy stuff" to last me several lifetimes.
I loved Deep Water Blues! The day after I started the book I found myself thinking about it on the subway or whenever I had a free moment. I gave it to my wife after I finished it and she loved it every bit as much as I did.
Great book about one of the islands in the Bahamas. This island is still basically undeveloped and a perfect place to build your own personal paradise. The population is around 100 locals and there is a marina and a airstrip for ease of access. It is my understanding there are several beachfront lots for sale and several other acres as well inside the island. A must visit!
I'm not here to give a summary or explanation of the story. It has to be read. I received it yesterday and couldn't put it down until the end. Incredible story-telling, amazing true-to-life sketches, thrillingly descriptive makes you feel you are there in person watching the events unfold. A must read by all ages.