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  • Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: New Ed (2. Mai 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007230060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007230068
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 2,2 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.1 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (606 Kundenrezensionen)
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Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the "storm of the century" and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it. Chief among these are the six crew members of the swordfish boat the Andrea Gail, all of whom were lost 500 miles from home beneath roiling seas and high waves. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts and the experiences of people who have survived similar events, Junger attempts to re-create the last moments of the Andrea Gail as well as the perilous high-seas rescues of other victims of the storm.

Like a Greek drama, The Perfect Storm builds slowly and inexorably to its tragic climax. The book weaves the history of the fishing industry and the science of predicting storms into the quotidian lives of those aboard the Andrea Gail and of others who would soon find themselves in the fury of the storm. Junger does a remarkable job of explaining a convergence of meteorological and human events in terms that make them both comprehensible and unforgettable. --Christine Buttery -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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'(It) will become a classic for a jaded modern world' The Independent 'Writes like a poet who has been to meteorology school' Ruth Rendell 'Terrifying, sad, exhilarating, humbling and unforgettable' Daily Mail 'A magnificent sea-yarn ... it deserves to storm these shores' Observer

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "clenort" am 29. Juli 2000
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I really had mixed feelings about this book. The first half (or more) of the book kept putting me to sleep with boredom. But once the storm really hit and the action began, I couldn't put it down. The biggest problem I faced with this book was Junger's writing style. He skips a lot to the past and accounts of other boats. While this may be interesting, I kept getting confused as to if we were in the past or the present. I often found myself rereading passages to follow with what was taking place. Overall, I would reccomend the book, since Junger really gave a great insight to a true story of mens survival in this terrible storm.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 13. März 2007
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This book takes a natural disaster, a storm of the century, and builds it into a compelling clash of man against nature with man having little or no chance. "We Are Playthings of the Gods" kept running through my mind as I read this book.

I am glad that a movie has been made from the book, because the book was clearly designed to be turned into a script. The material is incredibly visible and visceral at the same time.

Even if you have never left dry land, you will soon have a good sense of what it meant to be a swordfisherman on the Andrea Gail when the storm came up.

Since the ship was lost, the author had a difficult task -- to give us a sense of what happened without turning the book into a dry dissertation. The book is incredibly successful at turning the informed speculation into a story line of what might have happened. If anything, the lack of details allows you to use your imagination, which makes the story richer.

Some will complain about the extensive background about Gloucester, the fishing fleets, boats, technology, and the people involved. For me, each element added a richness to the drama that made the story all that more gripping. Like a good Tom Clancy novel, the detail adds a texture and a context for the book that makes it all the more significant in your mind.

The book has an unusual structure. It cuts in and out from the present to the past, and from present to past tense and back again. At one level, it operates like mental language. That technique gives the book an emotional immediacy that makes it have much more impact on the reader. Let it weave its magic, and you'll really enjoy yourself.

Buy this book today, and save it to read the next time a howling wind and driving rain assault you on a dark night. Have a great read!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 13. Juli 1997
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"To know that we know what we know,
and that we do not know what we do not know,
that is true knowledge."
-- Confucius
As a young person, reading Melville's classic Moby Dick was a tortuous and torturous process. The experience occasionally had me wish that I could join Captain Ahab on a one way trip to the deep. Forty years later, I find that a new account of life and death at sea with many parallels to Melville's tome may be the perfect summer read.
In late October of 1991, there was a remarkable confluence of two storms on the fishing grounds of the North Atlantic. The whole was more than just the sum of the parts -- it was, the meteorologists tell us, "The Perfect Storm." Sebastian Junger's book by the same name is an account of that storm and its impact on those unlucky enough to have been in harm's way and their friends and loved ones back on shore. Along the way, you'll learn about the biology of the swordfish as well as the manic-depressive life of the men and women who fish it. You'll learn about the meteorology of storm formation, the physics of waves, naval architecture, the practice and economics of commercial fishing, and the hydraulics of sinking ships. Most incredibly, through Junger's words, you'll experience the terror and serenity of death.
All of this is strictly non-fiction -- Junger insists to have not invented a single word of dialog -- yet it reads like an action packed, page-turner suspense novel. In attaining this surprising and apparently contradictory result, Junger has confirmed the wisdom of Confucius.
WARNING! If you read this book, you'll never again eat a swordfish steak without contemplating its cost in human misery. You'll likely hesitate before boarding a boat headed for the open sea.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Gary T. am 22. Juli 2000
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One word describes my review of "The Perfect Storm", and that is AMAZING. In my life, I have not been a hard-core reader, but now, since I have read this book, I can honestly say that I look and read books at a completely, but yet better perspective. "The Perfect Storm" is an extremely well written book. If you read this book, your understanding of how powerful the ocean can really get will come to life. While I was reading this book, I felt that I was really there, and that I was part of this book. If you do read this book you will never look at the ocean the same way. I am pleading you to purchase this book. If you do, You will not be disappointed. You will not want to put this book down once you start to read it!
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This book takes a natural disaster, a storm of the century, and builds it into a compelling clash of man against nature with man having little or no chance. "We Are Playthings of the Gods" kept running through my mind as I read this book.

I am glad that a movie has been made from the book, because the book was clearly designed to be turned into a script. The material is incredibly visible and visceral at the same time.

Even if you have never left dry land, you will soon have a good sense of what it meant to be a swordfisherman on the Andrea Gail when the storm came up.

Since the ship was lost, the author had a difficult task -- to give us a sense of what happened without turning the book into a dry dissertation. The book is incredibly successful at turning the informed speculation into a story line of what might have happened. If anything, the lack of details allows you to use your imagination, which makes the story richer.

Some will complain about the extensive background about Gloucester, the fishing fleets, boats, technology, and the people involved. For me, each element added a richness to the drama that made the story all that more gripping. Like a good Tom Clancy novel, the detail adds a texture and a context for the book that makes it all the more significant in your mind.

The book has an unusual structure. It cuts in and out from the present to the past, and from present to past tense and back again. At one level, it operates like mental language. That technique gives the book an emotional immediacy that makes it have much more impact on the reader. Let it weave its magic, and you'll really enjoy yourself.

Buy this book today, and save it to read the next time a howling wind and driving rain assault you on a dark night. Have a great read!
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