Harpoon Paperback – 4 Aug 1988
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Please don't miss it. (You may also be interested in a chinese historical novel "Warlord" by Malcolm Bosse) BRAVO Nicol!
The first question the locals asked me was "What do you think about whaling?"
Of course, I'm an Aussie surfer with a Japanese wife, this is not an easy question to answer. I deplore whaling but set out to read this book to help me understand their point of view.
Nicol lived on a whaling boat for a season and wrote this book on the high seas. It's a great yarn, full of vivid, often
romanticised descriptions. The one armed hero typifies the 'never give up' Japanese character of years gone by. Nicol, a world renouned conservationist, cronicles historical events in an entertaining style illuminating a fascinating period in world history.
A highly satisfying work and well worth the read.
This is a novel of adventure. Set in Japan as the closed country is forced toopen to the outside world and how the culture adapts to the new situation. This is a novel of youth growing into adulthood. One wounded boy rebuilding himself while seeking himself outside his own world. All other characters are supporting cast.
A most enjoyable read.