The phenomenal bestseller, in its original hardcover edition, soon to be a major motion picture starring George Clooney. It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high–a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." When it struck in October 1991, there was virtually no warning. "She’s comm’ on, boys, and she’s comm’ on strong, radioed Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gail off the coast of Nova Scotia, and soon afterward the boat and its crew of six disappeared without a trace.
In a narrative taut with the fury of the elements, Sebastian Junger takes us deep into the heart of the storm, depicting with vivid detail the courage, terror, and awe that surface in such a gale. Junger illuminates a world of swordfishermen consumed by the dangerous but lucrative trade of offshore fishing–"a young man’s game, a single man’s game"–and gives us a glimpse of their lives in the tough fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts; he recreates the last moments of the Andrea Gail crew and recounts the daring high-seas rescues that made heroes of some and victims of others; and he weaves together the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched.
The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller that leaves us with the taste of salt air on our tongues and a breathless sense of what it feels like to be caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control. We know on the strength of this stark and compelling journey into the dark heart of nature, what it feels like to drown.
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"The Perfect Storm" is a winner of the first Alex Awards honoring the best adult books for teenagers, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association and "Booklist".
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It was the storm of the century — a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm."
When it struck in October, 1991, there was virtually no warning. "She’s comin’ on, boys, and she’s comin’ on strong," radioed Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gail from off the coast of Nova Scotia. Soon afterward, the boat and its crew of six disappeared without a trace.
The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller, a stark and compelling journey into the dark heart of nature that leaves listeners with a breathless sense of what it feels like to be caught, helpless, in the grip of a force beyond understanding or control. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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" . . . a wild ride that brilliantly captures the awesome power of the raging sea and the often futile attempts of humans to withstand it."
–Los Angeles Times Book Review
–This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Sebastian Junger is a freelance journalist who writes for numerous magazines, including Outside, American Heritage, and Men ‘s Journal, where he is a contributing editor. He has lived most of his life on the Massachusetts coast and now resides in New York City.
Sleek, Technical, Cold, and a Gripping Story, June 4, 2000
This book had been languishing on my library shelf for some time and I wanted to get it read before the movie came out, invariably altering its impact. It did not disappoint. It must have been difficult writing a speculative account of the last few days of 6 men’s lives, but Junger does makes an admirable attempt. Using what direct quotes he can, the story still comes off as rather detached, which I suppose can’t be helped. The novel chronicles the final journey of the fishing vessel Andrea Gail, as it returns home on October 1991 hitting one of the worst storms of the century off the East Coast. The six crewmembers are adequately fleshed out in exposition early on, and their stories will intertwine with those of their searchers and fellow fisherman during their terrifying ordeal. I did find the numerous technical discussions of weather, sea-faring, rescue ops, etc. very interesting. Having just finished Isaac’s Storm, another death and destruction by sea/hurricane historical novel I was particularly fascinated and frightened by Junger’s clinical and emotionless description of the act of drowning. Considering how that description applied to the crew of the Andrea Gail as well as all those victims in the earlier novel, allowed for moments of morbid personal reflection. The novel really picks up, and is helped by the factual / eyewitness accounts of the other survivors of the Halloween Gale. The latter part of the novel dealing with the various rescues of other foundering ships makes for a quick and intense reading experience. It reads like an adventure story, but it is very sobering to stop and remember that these were real people with families and whose lives were cut so short. I can’t imagine the upcoming movie will provide the experience and response the book did, I’m glad I got to it first. Recommended.