The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Brief Review of The Lobster Chronicles, by Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw was the wonderful swordboat captain in Sebastian Junger’s book, The Perfect Storm. I was in awe of her while reading that book. But I didn’t know what to expect when reading her own book.

The Lobster Chronicles follows her bestseller, The Hungry Ocean, and I think I should have read the latter instead of the former because Chronicles isn’t all that interesting. Greenlaw is hysterically funny in spots, but I didn’t feel much enthusiasm for the book. It is a light, domestic chronicle about life on an island, about the characters you meet there, and about the hardships of lobstering. And not much more. A little more, but not much. At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, I’m not recommending it even though it’s funny in spots.

As for animals, there are the usual passing references. And a crab pinches Greenlaw and she stomps on it, which is ugly. She’s not into dogs but feels sad when a friend’s dog dies. Her mother accidentally hits a dog while driving. A dog attacks another pet. And the lobsters don’t like being hauled onto Greenlaw’s boat. Etc. So I’m declaring this book PARTLY SAFE for animal lovers.

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June 25, 2010 - Posted by | animals, autobiography, beach book, Book Reviews, boring books, families, memoir, nonfiction | , , , , , , ,

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