Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

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What does it take to make us believe in the impossible?

For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary—an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from an unexpected direction forces Jones to upend his existence and spend all of his time in pursuit of another man’s ludicrous dream. Can there be salmon in the Yemen? Science says no. But if resources are limitless and the visionary is inspired, maybe salmon fishing in the Yemen isn’t impossible. Then again, maybe nothing is.

 

About Paul Torday

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PAUL TORDAY studied English literature at Pembroke College, Oxford, before embarking on a business career. He lives in Northumberland. This is his first book.
 
Published April 21, 2008 by Mariner Books. 353 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Examiner

Studio Synopsis ~ From the beloved director of Chocolat and the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire comes the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

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Los Angeles Times

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A pleasant fantasy with a crackerjack title, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"is a charming film whose few attempts at seriousness are best forgotten or ignored.

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Christian Science Monitor

'Salmon fishing in the Yemen,' based on a satirical novel, manages to lose the satire in damp whimsy despite a good cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Suite 101

Take the 1970s BBC classic Yes Minister, throw in the irreverence of Ricky Gervais’ The Office and mix it with the contemporary satire of In the Loop, Smack the Pony and I’m Alan Partridge and the resultant mixture is closely akin to the very British Salmon Fishing in theYemen by Paul Torday.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A wonderful story of faith in the achievement of the seemingly impossible, political spin and hipocrisy and late-blossoming love.

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Pajiba

It’s enjoyable, a quick beach read type of book, but otherwise, I would recommend skipping this book.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Should a teacher at a Catholic high school have been fired when it was discovered that she was in a gay relationship?

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We Love This Book

The salmon begin to take on an almost mystical role with their journey in search of the rivers of their birth, swimming against the flow until they finally lay their eggs and the cycle begins all over again.

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Boston.com

It’s about Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor), a Scottish scientist who reluctantly supervises the transfer of the fish, the sheik’s British investment strategist, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), who recruits the scientist into going along with this folly, and the big vat of “I think you’re swel...

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Irish Times

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is so impressively terrible, one is almost persuaded that Lasse – who, eons ago, directed the gorgeous My Life as a Dog – has rediscovered a directorial voice.

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London Evening Standard

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Spirituality & Practice

Fred, as a man of science, is taken off guard when the sheik tells him that he is also is a man of faith, given his belief that he can bring the salmon project to fulfillment.

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Curious Book Fans

I have to confess, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen only made it onto by to-read list after I heard about the movie based on Paul Torday’s novel, starring Ewan McGregor.

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BookRack

As he studies the feasibilities for the Sheikh whose idea this all is, he also grows emotionally and is no longer the underdog husband or lowly civil servant whose high points in life include publishing an article in a fishing magazine on fly larvae or acquiring a new electric toothbrush!

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Time Out New York

It’s left to the reliably tangy Kristin Scott Thomas to spike things up a bit: in the gender-switched role of the PM’s impressively awful spokesperson, a woman who views the salmon plan entirely as a means of winning votes from the rural ‘Fishy Weekly’ (as she mispronounces it) demographic, she’s...

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Time Out New York

It’s left to the reliably tangy Kristin Scott Thomas to spike things up a bit: in the gender-switched role of the PM’s impressively awful spokesperson, a woman who views the salmon plan entirely as a means of winning votes from the rural ‘Fishy Weekly’ (as she mispronounces it) demographic, she’s...

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Huffington Post

Based on a successful novel of the same name by Paul Torday, the improbably titled Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a romantic drama comedy directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

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Red Online

This adaptation of Paul Torday’s 2006 novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, benefits from classy direction by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat), and a warm, easy-on-the-eye lead couple.

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Las Vegas Weekly

The title of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen implies a dry social-issue documentary or an esoteric art movie, not the gentle romantic dramedy starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt that it actually is.

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Media Mikes

Lastly there is “The Fisherman in the Middle East: Novelist Paul Torday” which is very short and looks into the origin of the story from the novel and it conversion to film.

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Variety

Of all the reasons various characters want the project to succeed — not to mention the awkward subplot in which Muslim terrorists scheme for it to fail — none is more eloquent than the sheikh’s own motives.

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HitFix

That could certainly help its acquisition chances, but with Lionsgate UK and BBC Films already landing the UK rights (no doubt it's biggest potential market), it's hard to imagine a U.S. distributor throwing out major dollars for a film that will mostly appeal to just older women.

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Otago Daily Times

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Rialto and Hoyts) takes Torday's base premise of a Yemeni sheikh (Amr Waked) with oodles of oil money who decides to manufacture a salmon stream in Yemen.

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United Academics

There are some comical elements in the depiction of Dr Jones’ dull life, and specially in the character of the Prime Minister’s press secretary, Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas), who provides the best moments of the film, but the rest is a mostly bland, quite predictable story of self-disc...

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Gambit

Known for deceptively light and fluffy concoctions like Chocolat, Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom hits the pastry kitchen once again with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

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http://variety.com

Of all the reasons various characters want the project to succeed — not to mention the awkward subplot in which Muslim terrorists scheme for it to fail — none is more eloquent than the sheikh’s own motives.

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