The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey Book Summary and Study Guide

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Linda always wanted to fish and she tells about how she became a captain. The steps she took the people she met and the good as well as bad trips. This story stars as they are sailing off for a month long journey to the Grand Banks to fish. She mentions what it takes to get the boat ready, including the amount of food that is needed aboard the boat. But, on her boat there is no alcohol and she also talks about her 5 men crew and how they start the first day with pounding handovers.
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With a 5 person crew and limited space to work in, long hours when fishing and longer hours of downtime when steaming to their fishing area as well as back she talks about sickness, personality conflicts, the spirit of the crew when the fishing is good and when the fishing is bad. There is a section of the book where they are out looking for the Andrea Gail where she details how they look for the boat, and how they look for not only survivors but tell tail signs of the boat being lost. There is talk about how the ling line hooks are baited, what bait is used, where it is best used and how the buoys are used. There are tails of bad weather, storms in the Atlantic and how to deal with a crew when it looks like you are going home empty, if you go home empty no one gets paid.

Through reflection she also talks about how she first got involved with fishing. Experiences on her first boats and who she learned things from and how she moved up through the ranks to deck boss and then to captain.

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   farmer/fisherman Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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