Some of you may remember this thread
, where I was recommended some non fiction books, including Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
by Mark Kurlansky.
Despite me thinking that maybe this was some elaborate joke on me by forum members
I went ahead and ordered the book. I have now read it,and the verdict is....
The book is actually very good - well written and interesting (yes interesting, even though my previous knowledge of fish was limited to smoked salmon, chips shops and Kayleigh
). The actual theme of the story, that the cod has pretty much been eliminated from our seas, along with many other species, and may never come back is fairly horrifying, and the real people's stories are also good to read. There are interesting factoids throughout (such as the earliest fishermen to catch cod were from the Basque area of Spain, and they sailed to Canada many years before the Europeans discovered north America) and overall I would recommend the book.
If I had a criticism or two, the thread of the story (which after all is a biography of Cod) gets lost occasionally in some of the other interesting detail. Also, for a book that laments the loss of the fish, the start of every chapter (and the entire last chapter) is given over to recipes for cod - some of which sound really nice. (There are a few such as the one where the bones are buried for a few weeks to rot before being eaten that did not appeal
So overall an interesting read, but be prepared for weird looks from anyone who sees you with it!