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Harpoon Adventure: The Amazing Paperback – Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press (Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585743704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585743704
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,085,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here are the strange facts of shark life...the men and the boats and the excitement and the disapointmnts in the working life."

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By Rumac on 5 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
Although a new reprint I was very disappointed to find the photographs which were continually referred to in the text were not included in the copy I received. Detracted considerably from the pleasure of reading the book.
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By D. BREWER on 30 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A great read, it's dated but is the best book on sharks in UK waters. Enjoyable to read and very interesting.
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Nothing is ever lost 29 Jun. 2000
By Ian Peters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Maxwell's attempts to set up a Basking shark fishery based on what was then his island, Soay. The reader does not need to venture out into a small boat off the coast of Skye to get a feel for this experience. The writing lacks a little of the delicate wistfulness of the 'otter' books yet there is no doubting his style and beautifully descriptive prose. Being born into nobility was no guarantee of a successful life and it shows great tribute to the man that he was willing to get his hands dirty in this way. A lot of useful research on Basking sharks came from this venture and provides a rare window into an age that is past.
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She feels it! 29 July 2005
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is rough going. Maxwell is a talented writer, but the story tends to drag periodically throughout the work. However, this IS the story of a failed business enterprise, so one cannot expect an inspiring tale. It is filled with frustration, dashed hopes, and melancholy.

Despite this grim description, I do believe that this is worth your time if you are interested in the basking shark, or simply a story set a maritime setting. I have wanted to visit the Scottish Isles since reading this book. And Maxwell's descriptions of his companions make up for the generally somber tone.

This was a pleasure to read.

P.S. the title of this critique comes from the book.
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Moving story of fishing in the 1940's off the Scottish coast 20 Sept. 1999
By katy_wegner@targetsmart.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gavin Maxwell writes movingly of his attempt to start a shark-fishing business off the coast of Scotland in the post-war 1940's. He mixes great descriptions of people and place with the honest account of a failed business enterprise. Maxwell is excellent at making a good story from his life experiences. An interesting read even if you don't like shark-fishing!
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