Blues

John Hersey, Author, James Baker, Illustrator Alfred A. Knopf $16.95 (205p) ISBN 978-0-394-55960-5
They meet by chance on a dock at Martha's Vineyarda young man and an old fisherman on his way to catch bluefish for dinner. With some reluctance, the stranger accepts the fisherman's invitation to join him; over the summer, a new world opens to the stranger. Hersey (Hiroshima, A Bell for Adano discourses with eloquence on the natural history of bluefish, Vineyard Sound, wind and weather. The stranger and fisherman go out 12 times between June and October, observing fish, birds and fish migrations. On each return, the fisherman prepares the bluefish a different way. In the course of conversation the two recall poets who have written about fish and the seafrom Homer and John Donne to Elizabeth Bishop and John Ciardi. Readersespecially fishermen and naturalistswho can surmount the artificial framework will find this a rewarding book. Illustrations. BOMC alternate. (May 18)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1987
Release date: 04/01/1987
Hardcover - 978-0-517-69467-1
Paperback - 228 pages - 978-0-394-75702-5
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4498-7227-4
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