When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man

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  • Title: When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man
  • Author: Nick Dybek
  • ISBN: 9781594488092
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. While first time novelist Nick Dybek made it quite obvious that his book was meant to be a modern take on TREASURE ISLAND, for this reader it simply didn t work Too long by at least a hundred pages, WHEN CAPTAIN FLINT WAS STILL A GOOD MAN is fatally flawed by a surplus of simply awful metaphors and similes hands as thick as strip steaks cellar walls that smelled of sweet grease a radio staticky, low, buzzing like a table saw a dashboard lit in stereo tube orange each punch is a private explosion [...]


  2. The title of this book, and the setting on the pacific northwest were what drew me in Unfortunately, they were also what kept me reading and the bulk of my thoughts since completing the book has been of those two things, and, primarily the former If not for those two, there is a good chance I would have strayed Now, dont get me wrong, it is a great title, and delivers on exactly what a title should the essence of a novel in a single moment think about Delicacy Shroud We, the drowned for referenc [...]


  3. Loyalty Island in Washington State is ruled by the sea Every fall, boats captained and crewed by Loyalty Islanders sail from the Olympic Peninsula up to the Bering Sea to spend the winter catching king crab This is the industry that keeps the town and its businesses running, even as the threat of death at sea hangs over everyone For Cal, whose father captains one of the boats, the sea and Alaska seem almost as mythical as the pirate stories his father used to tell him but he also knows how the s [...]


  4. Very literate and well written, with some really great lines and very well drawn setting, characterization, and plot It s also very much an intense readrt of like a thriller but with very different elements from your average thriller I read it as often and for as long at a time as I could Also, this is the first book inpossibly ever that has actually caused me to gasp and cover my mouth with my hand, involuntarily I can t tell you when that happens, it would spoil thingsbut wow, it happened, and [...]


  5. This starts out as one of those rather dull, moody Iowa Writers Workshop products with a lot of ridiculous poetic description Like, she dyed her hair the color of hot iron What What is that Fuck you Then almost precisely at the halfway point, the plot and the meditations on good and evil really kick in I can t recommend it, but it really turned itself around and became worthwhile.



  6. Loyalty Island ist, anders als der Name vermuten l sst, keine Insel, sondern eine kleine Stadt an der Nordwestk ste der USA Doch genau wie auf einer Insel h ngt dort alles Leben und Auskommen vom Meer ab Die meisten Berufst tigen sind entweder Fischer oder in der fischverarbeitenden Industrie angestellt Auch Cals Vater Henry f hrt allj hrlich mit der Fangflotte, die John Gaunt geh rt, f r mehrere Monate nach Alaska, um dort in den ertragreichen Gew ssern unter winterlichen Witterungsverh ltnisse [...]


  7. This quietly compelling debut novel portrays a young man living in a small fishing community, a painful decision he must make, and his coming of age to very fine effect.The men of Loyalty Island sailed north every winter, to spend the winter fishing It was dangerous, but it was how the community had survived and thrived for generations One man had founded that community, had seen the possibilities, and the fishing fleet had passed down through that family ever since I ve lived in a fishing commu [...]


  8. The book is narrated by 14 year old Cal who lives with his parents in Loyalty Island in Washington His dad as a fisherman spends half the year in the Bearingsea When the owner of the ships dies, his son wants to sell everyhing to asian investors How far will Cals dad and the other people in the village go to safe their lives as they know it The book is also about relationships between fathers and sons.Honestly I didn t like this book that much but I didn t want it to give it only one star since [...]


  9. A boy and the sea A moral dilemma involving fathers and sons A fishing town in economic peril If you believe that everything that can be written about these topics has already assumed a place in literature, you haven t read Nick Dybek s When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man.With 14 yr old Cal as the pivot point in a swirling tale of both personal and mythic tention, Dybek plunges the reader into the depths for which only a tiny town set on a peninsula jutting into the Pacific Ocean could possi [...]


  10. This book was a jaw dropper I could hardly put it down It s set in Washington State, in a town practically owned by one man But this man dies and his heir is anything but welcome in the community It asks the hard questions How far would you go to preserve your way of life What would you do if you discovered something that you weren t supposed to discover I loved it, one of the better books of 2012.


  11. This was just stunning At the end I actually let out a deep sign of appreciation The dialogue between jamie and cal was so teenage boy authentic Richard was multidimensional, crazy one second, wise the next, pitiable always I can t wait for my mom to read this so I can talk about it with someone.


  12. I ve watched Deadliest Catch for years, so I was excited to read this book It was not what I thought and when it was all over, there were too many loose ends that never got tied up Every fall, the men of Loyalty Island sail from the Olympic Peninsula up to the Bering Sea, to spend the winter catching king crab Their dangerous occupation keeps food on the table but constantly threatens to leave empty seats around it To Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious as Treasure Island, and the sto [...]


  13. Good plot line with unexpected twists toward the end The protagonist is not always likable, in fact most of the characters are a mixed bag.


  14. Thinking of the people you know the best, you think you can estimate what they ll do, what they think, who they are by the decisions they ve made in the past They might be impatient, indecisive, peacemaking, passive, aggressive, impetuous, good or just plain mischievous But the real questions is this can you really ever know for sure what someone might or might not become as a reflection of their choices and their desires With masterful storytelling and paced gravity, Nick Dybek s When Captain F [...]


  15. Der alte John Gaunt war zu fr h gestorben, hie es unter den Fischern auf Loyalty Island, einer fiktiven Landzunge der Olympic Halbinsel John geh rte alles im Ort, die Fischkutter, die Ausr stung, das K hlhaus und die Fanglizenzen f r Riesenkrabben, die die M nner in den Wintermonaten vor Alaska fingen Mit einem guten Fang an Riesenkrabben konnte ein Mann sehr viel Geld verdienen und setzte daf r sein Leben ein Der Winter stand vor der T r und John hatte keinen Nachfolger Sein Sohn Richard war zw [...]


  16. The loss of innocence is a common theme of fiction It s not unusual for a young man or woman, or even a middle aged one, to look back on the year that things changed The year they grew up For young Cal, it is the winter he discovers what it may have been like for the good captain in Robert Louis Stevenson s Treasure Island when he decided to become a pirate And because of what he learns and what happens, he leaves Loyalty Island in Nick Dybek s novel of innocence lost, believing he can never ret [...]


  17. I received an Advanced Review Copy ARC of this book in a giveaway.This is a story told by 14 year old Cal, who lives with his parents in the fishing community of Loyalty Island, Washington I m a sucker for a good coming of age story and I was not disappointed by this one I finally stayed up late last night to finish it, eager to find out how it ends.It s a poignant and rather sad story about a difficult life and difficult decisions Cal s father is away on the fishing boat for half the year and h [...]


  18. wineandabook 2012 03 26 reThis evening, the conclusion of Nick Dybek s debut novel left me on the verge of doing two things that I seldom do 1 missing my subway stop2 crying in publicI say on the verge of because, though teary eyed, I was narrowly able to squeeze out of the closing doors Damn you, Dybek Point being When Captain Flint Was Still A Good Man was THAT captivating a read Especially the last half Straphangers, you have been warned.Dybek s story follows fifteen year old Cal during a piv [...]


  19. 4.5 StarsCal has been born and raised in the small fishing community of Loyalty Island, Washington state in the Olympic Peninsula His father is a crab fisherman who spends much of each year out on the Bering Sea When home, Cal s father, Henry when Cal was little would read him the story of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson When they knew that story backwards and forwards, Henry started crafting his own stories of the pirate from the story, Captain Flint, thinking up his life pre pirate d [...]


  20. Originally posted at wherepenmeetspaperWhen Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek New York Riverhead, 2012 320 pp A first time author, Nick Dybek is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of a Hopwood Award for Short Fiction, and the Iowa Writer s Workshop, where he won a Maytag Fellowship and a Michener Copernicus Award He has taught writing at Western Washington University and Augustana College.Before we get to the meat of the review, let me first just [...]


  21. Ce roman retrace l histoire d une petite ville la fronti re de l Alaska, tout au nord des Etats Unis Loyalty Island En fait, il s agit d un petit bout de terre, une presqu le plus exactement La vie y est rude et taciturne Le seul gagne pain des hommes c est la p che dangereuse dans les eaux glac es de l Alaska Tout appartient John Gaunt, l entreprise, les droits de p che et autres autorisations, le mat riel, les navires Quand ce dernier d c de, il laisse tout son fils unique, qui n a aucun int r [...]


  22. God this book pissed me off to no end First the packaging it is obviously an attempt to draw in people since Treasure Island is very well known, as is Captain Flint The fact that the Treasure Island tidbits were forced in just made me roll my eyes and were probably not part of the original draft From there it was just a pointless drivel The first 100 pages were boring, I never once liked the main character, and his reasoning for what he did was not strong nor justifiable Also there were slight m [...]


  23. To fifteen year old Cal, his father is like a stranger The family resides on Loyalty Island, a costal Washington community that relies on the Alaskan king crabbing season to provide economic stability Each winter, Cal and his mother are left alone while Henry braves the harsh conditions of the Bering Sea Despite Henry s well intentions, Cal feels a disconnect with his father His mother, who moved to the island after falling in love with Henry and becoming pregnant with Cal, spends countless hour [...]


  24. The setting and characters were unique enough until, about midway through, the author dwells on Richard Gaunt for an eternity methphorically, think dog chasing his tail High hopes for such a catchy title


  25. When Captain Flint was Still a Good Man will blow you away I picked up the book based on the cover alone I judged a book by its cover For shame All the men of Loyalty Island, a peninsula jutting into the Strait of Juan de Fuca that separates Canada and the United States, leave for the Bering Sea every season to catch crabs While at sea, the men long for home when home, they yearn to be back on the open ocean This liminality pervades everyone s life on Loyalty Island The story begins when John Ga [...]


  26. Cleverly complex and deeply fascinating, the intoxicating intensity of this well drawn thriller is simply stunning.Never have I been so moved by such powerful prose and an unforgettable tale, which remains lingering within your mind for a long time afterward Set within a close knit fishing community on Loyalty Island, the occupants depend solely on a handful of boats and one Captain who sets sail every winter across the Ocean With sudden and unexpected tragedy comes turmoil, as one man bravely m [...]


  27. 14 year old Carl lives in Loyalty Island, a small fisher s village in Washington His father, as mostly all men in town, works on the Gaunt fleet and spends time on the water than at home with his family When John Gaunt passes away and his son Richard inherits the company, the town s people are suddenly reliant on a young man who seems to have no interest in keeping the family legacy going and may even sell the fleet, putting all their jobs at risk Carl experiences first hand how far the village [...]


  28. So, I liked it I guess The end was definitely better than the beginning before page 136, I really had to push myself to stay engaged When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man is the story of a boy living in a northwestern fishing village, whose father spends most of every year at sea fishing off the coast of Alaska, and whose mother crumbles with each season she spends alone The book is narrated, essentially, by the boy as a young man, who is still coming to grips with the events of one particular [...]


  29. I wanted to like this than I actually did On the surface When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man has everything I like boats, tense family situations, nostalgia, violence, etc But, somehow, the sum wasn t equal to the parts, or, rather, it was exactly equal to the parts Cal longs to follow in his father s footsteps and head to Alaska with the crab boats He s a fisherman s son in a fisherman s town, after all, but his mother an unhappy California transplant is dead set against it, and with good [...]