Not Forgetting the Whale by John Ironmonger

A story about a naked man washed ashore in a the tiny fishing village of St. Piran, and a whale.

This would be a great beach read! It's very easy to read, with funny characters...and um...features a whale. I won't spoil the plot of this story but it's very much a meaning of life, city vs. country folk, and fish out of water type of book.

Also, the cover art is whimsical, and beautiful.

Also 'bad thing coming' is a major theme of this story, so here are two good quotes about that.

Advice from Papa Mikkel...

'Give the crisis a score,' the old man would say. 'Mark it out of one hundred. Then look at the horizon as if nothing mattered, and ask yourself how much it would score tomorrow. And how much next week. And next year. Will they write about this matter in your obituary? Will anyone die? If not, you can turn to face it once again and recognise it for the imposter it is.'

A business man talking about oil to the main character of the book, Joe.

”...We've built the greatest society that mankind has ever known – a global society. We communicate across continents, we think nothing of jumping on an airline for a meeting in Zurich or Seattle or Shanghai. And yet all of this, everything we have created, rests upon a finite fluid resource that we're busy burning away. Did you ever think about this, Joe?”

“I'm thinking about it now, sir.”

#BookQuotes Not Forgetting the Whale

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #53 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge

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