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Savage Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters (vuoden 2000 painos)

– tekijä: Edward Marriott (Tekijä)

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Nicaragua's Atlantic coast is home to the most dangerous of fish, the bull shark, a lethal predator with a fearsome appetite and the only shark that swims in inland waters. Braving Nicaragua's hurricane-torn wilderness of mangrove swamps, Edward Marriott joins the last surviving shark fishermen to sail in a dugout canoe and fish for sharks with a hand line.As Marriott charts the life of the bull shark, its migrations, its voracious feeding patterns, and the treasures it offers - oil for vitamins, hide for leather, and fins for soup - he reveals lives spent in fear and awe in the shadow of a monster that can sniff fresh blood a mile away. He also tells a tale of human greed: an elemental community, battered by civil war and natural disasters, is now degraded beyond repair to the point of providing bounty for modern-day pirates.A gripping narrative of risk and adventure, a poignant record of loss and corruption, Savage Shore confirms Marriott as one of our most original and insightful travel writers.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:kenno82
Teoksen nimi:Savage Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters
Kirjailijat:Edward Marriott (Tekijä)
Info:Metropolitan Books (2000), Edition: 1st, 288 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):*1/2
Avainsanoja:Fishing, Sharks, Historical

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Savage Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters (tekijä: Edward Marriott)

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näyttää 5/5
Marriott's idea for the book was a good one and would have convinced many readers alone to give it a try. However, like often happens, his journey through Nicaragua was pretty underwhelming and failed to deliver anything captivating - this left him looking for filler and consequently the book lurches from one lead to another without any punchlines. ( )
  kenno82 | Jan 31, 2016 |
Nicaragua does not appear to have entered the late twentieth century intact, especially the Atlantic coast or the interior.
I am pretty sure if I was to ever go there the only water I would enter would be a swimming pool or shower. Between the sharks in the ocean, rivers, and lakes, the piranhas, and the alligators it sounds a little to much wild kingdom for me. The author had some major guts to travel the way he does in a country as dysfunctional as Nicaragua. This was a very entertaining book. ( )
  zmagic69 | Nov 23, 2013 |
I ran across this book while browsing through a Barnes and Noble where Sheila was signing her latest book. I ordered it when we returned along with several others by Marriott, an excellent sociologist/anthropologist.
The bull shark, notorious for its aggressive behavior and a fearsome appetite, is unique in that it inhabits both fresh and salt water. They can maneuver and attack in as little as three feet of water, so it’s been difficult to sell the area as a tourist attraction since swimming is a hazardous pastime. It’s also a source of revenue for the local fishermen who eke out a meager living by selling the fins and other body parts of the fish.
Marriott chronicles his journey through the area around Bluefields and San Juan del Norte -- replacement for the infamous Greytown that had sparked high hopes of being the location for the beginning of the canal that eventually went to Panama and was shelled by one of our earlier jingoistic presidents.
Nicaragua is not a nice place. Trammeled and bedeviled by war and nature – it was devastated by an earthquake in 1972 and again by the hurricane of more recent vintage – the people, once proud descendants of Mestizo Indians, black Caribs, and Spanish pirates, are poverty-stricken gaining what little cash they can through fishing and selling drugs that wash up on the beaches.
The shark travels up the San Juan River into Lake Nicaragua and back, but it is seriously becoming depleted. The shark processing plant established by former dictator Anastasio Samoza was too efficient.
The hardship Marriott voluntarily endured is most startling. In his anxiety to see the former Greytown, he manages to persuade a couple of boys – no one else will go – to canoe him through fearsome swamp and tangled brush, not to mention hoards of mosquitoes, to see the overgrown remains of cemeteries. It’s questionable which is worse: the shark attacks or the devastating poverty nature and revolution have wrecked on the country. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
This was a good read, but not a great one. I didn't think the author did a good job of making a compelling story. He follows the lives of these native hunters who take incredible risks with their work. It is also sad to see these great animals hunted to extinction. ( )
  dickcraig | Aug 18, 2008 |
Edward Marriott does an excellent job describing the people, land, & culture of Nicaragua. His descriptive writing style would be just as suitable as a guide book, as it is a biography of his own adventures.
No doubt his attempt at finding one of the "monster sharks" futile & disappointing, but hopefully he found as much satisfaction with his writing as his readers do. ( )
  TheCelticSelkie | Feb 26, 2007 |
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Nicaragua's Atlantic coast is home to the most dangerous of fish, the bull shark, a lethal predator with a fearsome appetite and the only shark that swims in inland waters. Braving Nicaragua's hurricane-torn wilderness of mangrove swamps, Edward Marriott joins the last surviving shark fishermen to sail in a dugout canoe and fish for sharks with a hand line.As Marriott charts the life of the bull shark, its migrations, its voracious feeding patterns, and the treasures it offers - oil for vitamins, hide for leather, and fins for soup - he reveals lives spent in fear and awe in the shadow of a monster that can sniff fresh blood a mile away. He also tells a tale of human greed: an elemental community, battered by civil war and natural disasters, is now degraded beyond repair to the point of providing bounty for modern-day pirates.A gripping narrative of risk and adventure, a poignant record of loss and corruption, Savage Shore confirms Marriott as one of our most original and insightful travel writers.

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