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The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger is a fascinating book that should definitely be put in to the high school curriculum For a book to be used in high school it almost always has to be a classic These would include the greats like The Great Gatsby Hamlet of Great Expectations Even though The Perfect Storm is not a classic and chances are it never will be it still has many features that make it a great book The novel should be respected for reasons such as the continuous action and movement women are not neglected but portrayed as equals and the fact that it is a true story adds a sort of nice glamour to it It is simple characteristics of novels like these that turn them in to best sellers and classics in the eyes of criticsThe book is riveting but never melodramatic There is just enough tension in the conflict between man and nature to keep readers on the edge of their seats He shares many stories of disaster that seamen have had in the Grand Banks area Some thing that should stun any reader is the fact that Ten-Thousand Gloucestermen have died at sea far more then all of the countrys wars 55 The reader learns encounters that the fishers had that range from colonial times to presents times This feature of the book is something I really appreciate because I like to see how the people there have evolved their ways to help themselves against the wrath of nature My favorite sub story is the one of the Canyon Explorer 88 The story involved a hundred foot boat that went in to such a strong storm that Was forced sixty miles backward despite driving full-steam ahead 88 At the same time Junger never tries to saturate his readers with so much emotion that they roll their eyes in disgust He makes the fear and desperation realistic and believable Often it
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