Sebastian Junger

"The Perfect Storm"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark JUL 19, 1998)

This book was not what I expected, but because of that, it is better for it. Junger takes us to the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts and introduces us to the people who actually hang around those bars that tourists won't go near. What makes this different and a worthwhile read is that Junger approached this tragic event by telling the story only by what is known without the drama of pretending to know what was going on in the minds of those that died. This technique works because it lets you as the reader do the thinking and feeling for the ones that died. Through this story, he not only covers in detail the storm of October 1991, but what it means to fish for a living and about the people that risk their lives to rescue people at sea. Moreover, his writing his exceptional, this book is a much of page turner as any thriller.

Personally, I enjoyed it all the more for having lived on the Piscataqua River (on the Maine and New Hampshire border) for many years. I had several friends that fished on and off for the extra money. And, Vinnie, my landlord was a fisherman and ran his fishing trawler from the dock in my back yard. I saw some of the hardships and mishaps first hand.

The Perfect Storm is a great eulogy for those who survive the seas as well as those that are claimed by it.  

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About the Author:

Sebastian Junger Sebastian Junger grew up in suburban Massachusetts, not far from the town of Gloucester, the fishing port depicted in THE PERFECT STORM that was home to the Andrea Gail and its crew. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in cultural anthropology in 1984 and has been a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in such magazines as Outside, Men's Journal, American Heritage, The New York Times Magazine and numerous other magazines.

Drawn to stories of adventure, Junger has delivered radio reports from the war in Bosnia, covered smoke jumpers in Idaho's wilderness wildfires, and written about the smallest border town in Texas. In addition he has for many years worked a high climber and trimmer for tree removal companies.

He now resides in New York City and Cape Cod. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014