Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Salmon Fishing In Yemen - Paul Torday

After reading What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe for book group my father in law recommended Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday.  I had heard of the book, actually had a copy on my book shelf and so hot from my success of the Coe, delved into it straight away.

I can see the similarities, mostly from the narration.  Torday, like Coe uses many different styles to narrate the story - newspapers articles, interviews, diary entries.  For me - this makes for very successful narration - and I like the fact that when reading from the first person you know you can't really trust the narrator.

Unlike What a Carve Up! There's quite a lot of book group resources for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The first I came across was from Harcourt Books which has a great set of questions which cover many different aspects of the book and the second I came across was from a website called Darmaris which has a little summary and background on the novel, before another great set of questions.  Finally, you can read a review in the Guardian which for me is always a great springboard for discussion.

So, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has also been made recently into a film which premièred at the Glasgow Film Festival, it's out across the UK from 20 April 2012.  I'm *pretty* certain that there's a wild amount of adaption from the book to screen but I'm very much looking forward to seeing it!  The trailer is below for you to take a peek.

Have you read Salmon Fishing in the Yemen? What did you think about it? Let me know by commenting below.

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