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`Shark Drunk` is an outdoor travel memoir by a Norwegian author that won some awards in 2015. Translations are now appearing in Spanish, German and English. It uses modern techniques of creative non-fiction with the mystery element being the elusive Greenland shark which the author is attempting to catch in the Fjords of Norway, specifically the Lofoten region which is remote and traditional. Along the way we learn about the history, fauna and culture of Lofoten with plenty of place names to follow on Google Maps. It's generous, occasionally artistic, occasionally funny, appealing to anyone who reads outdoor literature wanting to "sail about a little and see the watery part of the world". The English title `Shark Drunk` makes it sound campy and the sickly blue cover looks self-published but ignore those potential faults they give the wrong impression. The Norwegian title is "Havboka" which means "Sea Book" or "Book of the Sea" which is a better title. This is a good book and glad to have discovered it.On the audiobook, the narrator is fine and the text seamlessly transitions to audio there is no problem. I wish it had been a Norwegian accent.
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I like this sort of account, for that's what it is. I find myself interested in Norway and this book is like taking a walk through a bit of Norwegian life. It's not a novel, and it doesn't really go very far,. but at the end I felt I had gained some real, but narrow, insight into the life of a Norwegian writer and his artist friend and their fascination with the sea.
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